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Easter Online Worship worship

4th April 2021

Easter Sunday

Welcome and Call to Worship

Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 118)

This is the day that the Lord has made,

Let us rejoice and be glad in it,

We rejoice in the dawning of light and the empty tomb,

In the presence of angels and the peace of the garden,

In the rising of Jesus and the defeat of death,

We give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

His steadfast love endures for ever,

Let us rejoice and be glad in it,

Praise the Lord,

Alleluia!

Hymn 410 Jesus Christ is resend today

Hymn 410 Jesus Christ is risen today

Prayer of Approach, Reading and Reflection

Scripture Reading – John 20 V 1-18 – Ewarn Bruce

Reflection – Recognising Easter – Katherine Taylor

Hymn 415 This Joyful Eastertide

Hymn 415 This Joyful Eastertide

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

(from Very Reverend Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of Edinburgh Presbytery)

Lord Jesus Christ,

Come, stand among us,

that we might see You by our side,

that we might hear You call our names,

that we might now, on this heady day of joy,

be still, right now, and know that You are God.

We give You heartfelt thanks from our full hearts.

We bring to You our prayers this day

For a world needing Easter.

We pray for those locked in by hurt, and loneliness and grief.

We pray for those locked in by addiction, and hunger, and poverty.

We pray that we, inspired by Your Good News this Easter Day,

may bring our practical care and help to those who call out,

and to those who are silent,

and in our lived-out faith and love, show no partiality

as we bring what hope we can to those in need.

Today we pray for our nation, for our Queen,

and for those who shape the future of our country and our world.

In times of uncertainty make us confident with kindness.

In times of frustration, make us gentle with vision.

Help us to be the Easter people bringing light into our world.

Lord Jesus Christ,

for the Church we pray, that in our work and witness

we may be generous in our believing,

and joyful in our serving.

Help us to blend tradition and newness,

to keep our faith and work a power for good,

and a dynamic for reconciliation and renewal.

This Easter Day, this new beginning, this time of lifting up,

lift up our heads and hearts, lift up our eyes and voices,

for our Lord Jesus Christ is risen!

And there is hope!

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Hymn 419 Thine be the glory

Hymn 419 Thine be the glory

Blessing

Christ was raised from the dead

by the glorious power of the Father.

Let us set out, then, on a new life with Christ

and may the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us and with all those we love, now and for evermore.

Amen

Closing Voluntary

The Trumpet shall sound The Messiah GF Handel

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services

Services continue at 11am each Sunday.  You are very welcome. Please note that currently we are limited to 50 people. If you are going to attend it would be helpful if you contact the church office, by email (nlpc-office@btconnect.com) or by phone (553 7378), by the Friday before to help us to manage the numbers, and please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.

The online version of the service will continue to be made available on our website

Thank you to our reader Ewan Bruce and to our organist Iain for his choice of voluntary.

Easter flowers in the church with thanks to Ellen Lowe

And outside too – thank you very much to everyone who has brightened up the church railings with their knitting for Easter.


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