St Mary Magdalene Easter 2021

Weekly Online Service
04 April 2021 Easter Day

Please find below our service for this week. You can also click on the PDF button to open and download a copy of the printed generic Service booklet.

You will find an opening hymn - words are included. This is followed by the service. Finally there is a closing hymn. Please feel free to follow along in whichever way you feel most comfortable. Words in bold are for everyone to join in.

Service Audio

The Priest welcomes the Congregation and says

Christ yesterday and today

All say the beginning and the end.

Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him and all ages:

To him be glory and power, through every age
And for ever. Amen.

The Easter Candle is lit

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

All say He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Hymn

Jesus Christ is risen to-day, Alleluia

Jesus Christ is risen to-day, Alleluia,
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia,
who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia,
suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia.

Hymns of praise then let us sing Alleluia,
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia,
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia
sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia.

But the pains that he endured Alleluia,
our salvation have procured; Alleluia,
now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia,
where the angels ever sing Alleluia.

Service Audio

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

All say  He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. To you be glory now and for ever. In your great mercy you have given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. By your blessing may we who have prepared this garden in celebration of his victory be strengthened in faith, know the power of his presence, and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All say Blessed be God for ever.

Risen Lord Jesus, as Mary Magdalene met you in the garden on the morning of your resurrection, so may we meet you today and every day: speak to us as you spoke to her; reveal yourself as the living Lord, renew our hope and kindle our joy, and send us to share the good news with others. Amen.

Christ died to sin once for all, and now he lives to God. Let us renew our resolve to have done with all that is evil and confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,
we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,
And not by the power of your resurrection.
In your mercy, forgive us.

All say Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by our own strength,
And not by the power of your resurrection.
In your mercy, forgive us.

All say Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes
As faithless and not believing.
In your mercy, forgive us.

All say Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,
And doubted our home in heaven.
In your mercy, forgive us.

All say Lord, hear us and help us.

May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gloria

Glory to God
Glory to God
Glory to the Father
To him be Glory
For ever.
Alleluia, Amen.

Glory to God
Glory to God
Son of the Father
To him be glory
For ever.
Alleluia, Amen.

Glory to God
Glory to God
Glory to the Spirit
To him be glory
For ever.
Alleluia, Amen.

The Collect for Easter Day

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.

The Old and New Testament Readings

Acts 10.34-43 - Read by Ken Cope

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 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. 39 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; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 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. 42 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. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

1 Corinthians 15.1-11 - Read by Vic Harrington

Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2 through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.

3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to someone untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

John 20.1-18 - Read by Pam Hagan

All say: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Gospel reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

All say: Glory to you, O Lord.

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. 2 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.’ 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 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. 13 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.’ 14 When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 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.’ 16 Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). 17 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.” ’ 18 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.

This is the gospel of the Lord.

All say: Praise to you, O Christ.

All say: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sermon

“The Lord is Risen.” “He is Risen indeed.” Amen.

How many of us, I wonder, having listened to our Bible readings in the past, said our prayers and believed we had cracked it, this business of being a Christian. Then, out of the blue, wham, COVID happened, it knocked us so hard to the ground that we really needed Jesus and we needed him now.

So many bereavements, so many being made redundant at work, so many left with long lasting effects from the disease. Many have cried out “Oh God don’t let this be happening, I’ll do anything just don’t let me or my loved ones catch it”. Or “Oh God you know how much I need to work, my family depends on me, just let me get through this”. I am sure many of us will have an experience of our own to draw on. Yet sometimes when we are utterly desolate and we look for Jesus, the tomb is empty and we feel as empty and abandoned as did Mary Magdalene on that first Easter Day.

In John’s gospel we are told nothing of Mary’s former way of life, our prejudices are not aroused. We meet her with the other Marys at the foot of the cross. Where they witness together the end of all their hopes and dreams of freedom and all the promise of a renewed Israel.

Picture the scene, it had all been so rushed, taking him down from the cross, washing his body, wrapping him in linen and laying him in the borrowed tomb. When the Sabbath had ended, then it was possible to finish the women’s work of laying Jesus to rest. Eager to do for him in death what Jewish Law demanded, Mary came early to the tomb, and found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty.

Mary loved Jesus, as did all the disciples, not with the kind of love we might read about in Dan Brown’s book ‘The daVinci Code’, but the spiritual kind of love, the love of God that they knew from the old wisdom scriptures.

We can only guess at her confusion and disbelief. Mary was distraught, she ran back to where the disciples were in hiding to tell them Jesus’ body was gone. This woman loved Jesus with a passion and so she returned ‘hot foot’ to the tomb with Peter hoping to discover what had happened to the missing body. Crying and hanging back outside the tomb as Peter and the beloved disciple went in to find the grave clothes laid out and the body gone. Then as the disciples went home and left alone with her grief, Mary plucked up the courage to look into the tomb again.

Mary, her eyes wet with tears saw two angels. Now I find John’s gospel really captivating because of all the little, seemingly incidental, information. The detail of the grave clothes lying between these heavenly beings paints a vivid picture. The angels were sitting – not kneeling in an attitude of prayer, and they ask such a simple question “Why are you crying?”

Asking the angels where Jesus might be Mary turned around. Still searching she saw, who? The gardener! Why on earth would John stress that and not immediately the wonder of the risen Lord? Perhaps because he wanted his readers to understand that Jesus was different, a new kind of being, and the new first born of a new creation. Jewish tradition held that the first Adam had tended God’s garden and populated it with God’s people, the Jews. The risen Jesus, the new Adam, would tend the new people of God and that includes you and me and all his disciples to the end of time.

There was something very new and different about Jesus’ body, Mary had not recognised him until he spoke and John described Mary’s joy as Jesus revealed himself in simply saying her name.

The next part of John’s Easter story was also new, to the extent of being ground breaking and has led to Mary being called the apostles’ apostle. You may already know that one woman was not a competent witness in first century Palestine; three women were required in Jewish law to give witness in court. Yet Mary charged by God brought the Good News of Easter to the disciples. Jesus had risen from the dead, he was alive, the world had changed forever, and human life transformed.

Encouraging the church in Corinth Paul described our new life as Disciples of Christ in terms of a ‘new creation’. The past is over and gone; the old world order is transformed and hope of a resurrection life for us all is born.

Many joining us this morning will have heard several sermons about her, yet still Mary Magdalene has much to teach us about God’s love. We know so little about her, except that she is one of the most notorious of sinners, on whom God, knowing her penitent heart, lavished forgiveness. What comfort for us all knowing that we too have access to that all forgiving love when we mess up in our life.

Mary Magdalene in addition to forgiveness was first to receive the grace of the risen Jesus’ presence, and from the one who embodies God’s love. As we reflect on the love that Mary Magdalene had for her Lord and teacher, John’s message to us all is, that even in the most devastating of events there is hope. When we are at rock bottom and staring into an empty tomb all we need to do is turn around and remember we have the promise that we shall see Jesus too.

When life is tough and bad things have happened, and during this pandemic they have. Because being a Christian is not an inoculation against the frailties of human life. God is here, because through Jesus’ death and resurrection the message for us all today, and every day, is one of hope, love and joy. “The Lord is Risen” “He is risen indeed”

My prayer is for us all to live as if we know it.

Amen.

The Rev’d Maureen Lunn, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 04/04/2021

Service Audio

Stand to affirm our shared faith in Jesus Christ

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?

All say I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?

All say I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?

All say I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

All say This is our faith.
             We believe and trust in one God,
             Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Intercessions

We pray to Jesus who is present with us to eternity.

Jesus, light of the world, may your church bring the light and peace of your gospel to the nations.
Jesus, Lord of life

All say in your mercy hear us.

Jesus, bread of life, feed the hungry and aid the needy and nourish us all with your word.
Jesus, Lord of life

All say in your mercy hear us.

Jesus our way, our truth, our life, be with us and all who follow you in this our community. Deepen our appreciation of your truth and fill us with your love.
Jesus, Lord of life

All say in your mercy hear us.

Jesus, Good Shepherd, who gave your life, recover the straggler, bind up the injured, strengthen the sick and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures.
Jesus, Lord of life

All say in your mercy hear us.

Jesus, the resurrection and the life, we thank you for all who have lived and believed in you. Raise us with them to eternal life.
Jesus, Lord of life

All say  in your mercy hear us, accept our prayers and be with us always. Amen.

 The Peace

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

All say He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All say and also with you. 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

All may exchange a sign of peace

All say Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,
Holy is the Lord God almighty!
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,
Holy is the Lord God almighty!
Who was, and is, and is to come!
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord!

We sit or kneel and keep silence for a moment

The Lord’s Prayer

As our saviour has taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Service Audio

Post-Communion Prayer

God of Life, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection have delivered us from the power of our enemy: grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All say Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

The Blessing

God the Father, by whose love Christ was raised from the dead, open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life. Amen.

God the Son, who in bursting from the grave has won a glorious victory, give you joy as you share the Easter faith. Amen.

God the Holy Spirit, who filled the disciples with the life of the risen Lord, empower you and fill you with Christ’s peace. Amen.

Go in the peace of Christ.

                Thanks be to God.

Recessional Hymn

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem,
your sweetest notes employ,
the Paschal victory to hymn
in strains of holy joy.

How Judah’s Lion burst his chains,
and crushed the serpent’s head;
and brought with him, from death’s domains
the long-imprisoned dead.

From hell’s devouring jaws the prey
alone our Leader bore;
his ransomed hosts pursue their way
where he hath gone before.

Triumphant in his glory now
his sceptre ruleth all,
earth, heaven, and hell before him bow,
and at his footstool fall.

While joyful thus his praise we sing,
his mercy we implore,
into his palace bright to bring
and keep us evermore.

All glory to the Father be,
all glory to the Son,
all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
while endless ages run.

Alleluia! Amen.

Material from Common Worship 2000 is included in this service and is copyright © The Central Board of Finance of the Church of England.

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