This weeks service

Maundy Thursday Service 11/04/2021

                 

The congregation are asked to stand as the Bible is placed into the pulpit

Welcome & Intimations

Call to Worship

Hymn: CH4 430 Christ Has Risen While Earth Slumbers

1.      Christ has risen while earth slumbers,

Christ has risen where hope died,

as he said and as he promised,

as we doubted and denied.

Let the moon embrace the blessing;

let the sun sustain the cheer;

let the world confirm the rumour.

Christ is risen, God is here!

2.      Christ has risen for the people

whom he loved and died to save;

Christ has risen for the women

bringing flowers to grace his grave

Christ has risen for disciples

huddled in an upstairs room.

He whose word inspired creation

is not silenced by the tomb.

3.      Christ has risen and for ever

lives to challenge and to change

all whose lives are messed or mangled,

all who find religion strange.

Christ is risen. Christ is present

making us what he has been –

evidence of transformation

in which God is known and seen.

Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Reading 1: Luke 24:1-12

Jesus has risen

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: “The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”’ Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Reading 2: Acts 10:34-43

34 Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached – 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

39 ‘We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen – by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

Hymn:  CH4 417 Now the Green Blade Riseth

1.      Now the green blade riseth, from the buried grain,

Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;

Love lives again, that with the dead has been:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

2.      In the grave they laid Him, Love who had been slain,

Thinking that He never would awake again,

Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

3.      Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain,

Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain;

Quick from the dead the risen One is seen:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

4.      When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,

Jesus’ touch can call us back to life again,

Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

Sermon:

“The Surprise of Your Life”

Hymn:  M.P 453 Low In the Grave He Law (Up From the Grave)

1.      Low in the grave he lay,

Jesus my Saviour,

waiting the coming day,

Jesus my Lord!

Refrain:

Up from the grave he arose;

with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;

he arose a victor from the dark domain,

and he lives forever,

with his saints to reign.

He arose! He arose!

Hallelujah! Christ arose!

2.      Vainly they watch his bed,

Jesus my Saviour,

vainly they seal the dead,

Jesus my Lord!

Refrain

Up from the grave he arose;

with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;

he arose a victor from the dark domain,

and he lives forever,

with his saints to reign.

He arose! He arose!

Hallelujah! Christ arose!

3.      Death cannot keep its prey,

Jesus my Saviour;

he tore the bars away,

Jesus my Lord!

Refrain

Up from the grave he arose;

with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;

he arose a victor from the dark domain,

and he lives forever,

with his saints to reign.

He arose! He arose!

Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Offering Brought Forward

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Hymn:  Rise, O Church, and Lift Your Voices

1.    Rise, O church, and lift your voices,

Christ has conquered death and hell.

Sing as all the earth rejoices;

Resurrection anthems swell.

Come and worship, come and worship,

Worship Christ, the Risen King!

2.    See the tomb where death had laid Him,

Empty now, its mouth declares;

“Death and I could not contain Him,

For the Throne of Life He shares.”

Come and worship, come and worship,

Worship Christ, the Risen King!

3.    Doubt may lift its head to murmur,

Scoffers mock and sinners jeer;

But the truth proclaims a wonder

Thoughtful hearts receive with cheer

He is risen, He is risen,

Now receive the Risen King!

4.    We acclaim Your life, O Jesus,

Now we sing Your victory;

Sin or hell may seek to seize us

But Your conquest keeps us free.

Stand in triumph, stand in triumph,

Worship Christ, the Risen King!

Benediction

Threefold Amen

May the God of peace go with us

As we travel from this place.

May the love of Jesus keep us

Firm in hope and full of grace.

The congregation are asked to stand as the Bible is removed from the pulpit

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