Attached is a service for Easter Day [click or tap here]. There are some links at the bottom of this e-mail, including Steve playing the hymns at home. These may help us celebrate Easter in such difficult and strange times.
This is a poem by Bob Hartman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LllzW8lJPJ8
A few disciples gathered under the foot of the cross and watched Jesus die. Then, on the Saturday, those same disciples waited, observing the familiar routine of the Sabbath. Following the familiar rituals of the Sabbath did little to distract them from the grief and fear that they felt. Then, early on Sunday morning they went to anoint his body. In one encounter ‘Mary – Teacher’ everything changed. There was light, there was hope. Easter Day is about hope, the hope of the risen Christ. As we celebrate Easter Day on our own, or as a family we must hold on to the hope of the empty cross and the empty tomb. We must hope and pray, for ourselves, for our families and friends as well for the world.
Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian festival, and the one celebrated with the greatest joy. Without Easter there would be no Christianity. Without Jesus' suffering, his execution and subsequent resurrection there would be no Christianity.
Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
A joyous and hope filled Easter to everyone.
The following links may help with this service.
This takes you to a recording of David Suchet reading the readings set for Easter Day:
Steve playing the Easter Day service’s hymns (there are links to these in the service booklet):