Easter Sunday 12th April 2020

The West Norfolk Priory Group

Easter Sunday

 

12th April 2020

 

Collect

God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Our readings

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Gentiles Hear the Good News                                   Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’                     Acts 10.34-43

A reading from the Epistle to Colossians

The New Life in Christ                              So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.                        Colossians 3.1-4

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

The Resurrection of Jesus

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.                                                 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.              John 20. 1-18

Please include in your prayers: Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound: Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, Dilys Garland, David Colby, Margaret and Kevin Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin, Wendy

Daily Prayer points

Pray for

  • people struggling to maintain their mental health in the lockdown
  • people who can't be with loved ones who are ill and dying in hospital or in care/nursing homes
  • our prime minister and government as they cope with illness as well as everything else
  • poor communities where people are less able to access good health care and hygiene

Give thanks for the lovely weather here which means that we can at least enjoy a little fresh air, and listen to the birds singing, even if only through an open window.

 

A prayer about Coronavirus                                Father God, as people and nations of the world, help us to realise our dependence upon one another.                                                                                                          We pray for healing among the sick, wisdom among our leaders, protection and effectiveness for health workers, and responsible behaviour by each of us as individuals.                                                                                                 Most of all, Lord, we pray that you dispel our fears, for you ‘did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline’ (2 Tim 1:7).                      For Jesus’s sake. Amen

 

A prayer in lockdown

The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked. (John 20.19)

Ever present God, be with us in our isolation, be close to us in our distancing, be healing in our sickness, be joy in our sadness, be light in our darkness, be wisdom in our confusion, be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar, that when the doors reopen we may with the zeal of Pentecost inhabit our communities and speak of your goodness to an emerging world.
For Jesus' sake. Amen.

While our Churches are closed

 

* Easter Sunday There is a live streamed Eucharist from Ely Cathedral at 10.30am

 

* Some churches in the Diocese have an online service St. Marys in Ely has a service which would be suitable for both adults and children https://www.stmarysely.org/online-services.html

Why not try it or share with families

 

*Canon Jessica Martin has a daily reflection on the cathedral web-site https://www.elycathedral.org/worship-at-home/daily-reflections

 

Christ is Risen

He is Risen indeed

Alleluia

 

 

 

To contact our Churchwardens, please ring:

Runcton Holme Eve Thomas 01553 812094

Runcton Holme Brenda Redfern 01553 811212

Tottenhill Teresa Anderson 01553 810037

Watlington John Murfitt 01553 811086

Watlington Barbara Church 01553 810584

Wormegay Elaine Squires 01553 841252

Wormegay Janet Shinn 01553 841410

 

 we can still support                                                 *by BACS transfer   KL Foodbank                            Sort Code: 40-26-11 Account: 91808443                                                    *by cheque            Kings Lynn Foodbank,                    TS Vancouver Building, St Margaret’s Lane, King’s Lynn, Norfolk  PE30 5DS