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Welcome to our Easter service!
Spend a moment in prayer asking God to prepare your heart as we gather around His Word together.
1. Praise: Christ is Risen – He is Risen Indeed!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade, kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”1Peter 1:3-5
Because Jesus is risen from the dead, we have a true and certain of hope of sins forgiven, new life in his name, and the promise of the new creation to come.
Today we remember the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that he has defeated all our enemies and his: sin, death and the devil. As King, he calls us to live a life that honours him, and he has provided us with power to do so through the Holy Spirit. So let’s pray that God will help us to truly repent of our sins and live for him. If you are not sure what to pray, here is a prayer to help you:
O Lord our God, you know us better than we know ourselves. We come before you now, believers and doubters alike, sharing a deep need. We are all lost without your grace. Search us, O God, and know our hearts, test us and know our troubled thoughts. Give us true repentance. Forgive us all our wrongs. Renew us by your Spirit to live for you each day, to learn to love and serve each other, and, through the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord, to come at last to be with you in glory. Amen.
In 1Peter 1:17 we have these great words of encouragement for all who turn from their sins to the risen Christ. As we prepare to share the Lord’s Supper later in the service, consider what God’s Word says:
Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives here as strangers in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.1Peter 1:17-21
Intercessory Prayers: As we come to pray for our world, for the church and for those known to us who are in need, Mark Cockrell has prepared the following pastoral prayer. Our weekly email newsletter also has more detailed prayer items for you to continue to pray through during the week.
Communion is for those who trust in Jesus for their salvation. The Apostle’s Creed (c. AD 300) summarises what Christians believe and have recited together from the time of the early church (note that when the creed was written the word “hell” meant the place of the dead, not the place of torment).
As we prepare to share the Lord’s Supper, let’s recite the Apostle’s Creed together:
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the virgin Mary,
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell.*
On the third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
And is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
Christ’s holy universal church,
The fellowship of Christians,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body
and the life everlasting, Amen.
The Lord’s Supper:
12:15pm: this link has been deactivated
In closing let’s remind ourselves of these great words from Ephesians 3:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.ephesians 3:20-21