Reading and Prayers: 17th April 2022 - Easter Sunday

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

Good morning everyone,

Welcome to this wonderful day of celebration, happy Easter to you all.

 

 

Services this week, all at 10.00am are:

Holy Communion - Measham, Appleby, Packington, Normanton, Donisthorpe and Swepstone, all at 10am.

You will be very welcome at any of these services.

A service of Morning Prayer can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/0FN1xHg8AmY

Due to staff changes going forward, this will be the last regular recorded service, although services will be recorded and put on line for the major festivals

 

Woodfield Team prayer. 

God our Father, you long to draw all people into your love; increase in number your church   throughout the Woodfield Team, deepen us as followers and learners of Christ and give us courage to share the good news of your kingdom. We pray this in the power of your Spirit, to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Collect for Sunday 17th April 2022 - Easter Sunday

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

 

Reading 17th April 2022 - Easter Sunday: The Empty Tomb

 

20 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!”

Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there and the cloth which had been around Jesus' head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. (They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.) 10 Then the disciples went back home.

 

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Mary stood crying outside the tomb. While she was still crying, she bent over and looked in the tomb 12 and saw two angels there dressed in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 “Woman, why are you crying?” they asked her.

She answered, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!”

14 Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 “Woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who is it that you are looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener, so she said to him, “If you took him away, sir, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned toward him and said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (This means “Teacher.”)

17 “Do not hold on to me,” Jesus told her, “because I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am returning to him who is my Father and their Father, my God and their God.”

18 So Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and related to them what he had told her.

 

 Prayers for today:

 

 In joy and hope let us pray to the Father that our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection.

 Dear Lord, may I realize afresh today what Your death and resurrection mean for me. Forgiveness, freedom, and the ability to walk with You into eternity.

 That isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter.

 That God may grant us humility to be subject to one another in Christian love.

 For the people of the world who find themselves refugees with nothing to call their own

 For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved

 For our own healing of body, mind and spirit

 As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever.