Order of Service Easter Sunday

 

We are now able to hold Sunday worship in our church building!  Numbers are limited and booking is essential: call 07927 208936 any day between 10am and 7pm.  Covid measures will be in place including social distancing, face-masks and no singing.  While only a limited number will be permitted to attend in-person, we will continue with a hybrid approach of either pre-recorded services or livestreaming for those at home.

 

If you missed them, our Holy Week devotions and services are available to watch on our Bruce Memorial Church YouTube channel.

 

The April PrayerNet and the Easter Steeple News are now available!  You can download both from our website.  Paper copies are available outside the church. 

 

We are all missing seeing one another and being able to catch up with friends.  If you would like to take part in a Zoom call with others from the church, please email timmsmargaret@yahoo.com and Margaret will send you an invitation.

 

The Saviour came from heaven above

The Son of God – His Gift of love.

But do you know He came for you, oh do ya?

He came to die and they sang their psalms:

“Here comes our King!” and they waved their palms

As Jesus rode to glory – Hallelujah!

 

The Servant King rose from His seat

Knelt down and washed His disciples’ feet

You know He’d do the same for you, oh do ya?

They drank His wine and they ate His bread

And stared, perplexed by the things He said

As He shared salvation’s story – Hallelujah!

 

The Son of Man knew His time was near

He prayed through His tears and untold fear

D’you know how hard it was for Him, well do ya?

A swish of a sword, the kiss of a friend

They dragged Him off, to meet His end

All for the Father’s glory – Hallelujah!

 

“The King of the Jews?” Pilate sneered

Barabbas was freed, the people cheered

But do you know He took your place, oh do ya?

They nailed Him to a cross to die

“It is finished!” was His final cry.

But it’s not the end of the story – Hallelujah!

 

The Lord of life lay dead in the cave

The stone and the soldiers guarding His grave

But do you know the power of God, oh do ya?

The angel sang: “He isn’t dead!

He’s alive again – just as He said!”

The Saviour rose in glory – Hallelujah!

 

Call to worship

 

Minister: Hallelujah! Christ is risen.

All: He is risen indeed. Hallelujah!

 

Jesus Christ is risen today, 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 hath procured, Alleluia!

Now above the sky He's King, Alleluia!

Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

 

Prayer of praise and thanksgiving

 

Together Time – I am the One and Only

 

Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11.25-26)

 

He has risen, He has risen,

He has risen, Jesus is alive!

 

When the life flowed from His body

Seemed like Jesus' mission failed;

But His sacrifice accomplished

Victory over sin and hell!

 

In the grave God did not leave Him

For His body to decay;

Raised to life – the Great Awakening –

Satan's power He overcame!

 

When the Lord rides out of heaven

Mighty angels at His side;

They will sound the final trumpet

From the grave we shall arise!

 

He has given life immortal

We shall see Him face to face;

Through eternity we'll praise Him – 

Christ the champion of our faith!

 

Bible Reading            Luke 24.1-12

 

See what a morning, gloriously bright

With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;

Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,

As the angels announce Christ is risen!

See God’s salvation plan, wrought in love,

Borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,

Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, for He lives,

Christ is risen from the dead!

 

See Mary weeping: ‘Where is He laid?

As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;

Hears a voice speaking, calling her name:

It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!

The voice that spans the years,

Speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,

Will sound till He appears,

For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

 

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,

Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty,

Honour and blessing, glory and praise

To the King crowned with power and authority!

And we are raised with Him,

Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered;

And we shall reign with Him,

For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

 

Sermon – The penny slowly begins to drop!

 

Poem for Easter: ‘Devastating beauty’ by Gideon Heugh:

 

On Friday my hope died.

The sky wept itself dark

the ground broke apart

and all creation cried

for the bloodied innocence

hammered into a tree.

 

There were whispers

of a torn curtain,

but they didn’t reach my ears

or mend my mangled heart

or stem the bitter tears

as we took the body down.

 

On Saturday we grieved,

hiding from the troops

whom we’d once believed

would be overthrown

by the carpenter’s boy,

who had preached and fed

and healed,

and now was dead.

 

But then on Sunday –

The devastating beauty

of that Sunday –

when time and space

were blown out of shape

and angels wrapped in electric grace

rolled the impossible away

 

'He is not here'

they proclaimed

for glory had risen

our failings were forgiven

and the rules of life

and death were rewritten

as an empty tomb declared,

‘Love is alive.’

 

I know that my Redeemer lives

What comfort this sweet sentence gives

He lives, He lives, who once was dead

He lives, my ever living Head.

 

He lives to bless me with His love

He lives to plead for me above

He lives my hungry soul to feed

He lives to help in time of need

 

He lives to grant me rich supply

He lives to guide me with His eye

He lives to comfort me when faint

He lives to hear my soul's complaint

 

He lives to silence all my fears

He lives to wipe away my tears

He lives to calm my troubled heart

He lives all blessings to impart

 

He lives, my kind, wise, Heavenly Friend

He lives and loves me 'til the end

He lives, and while He lives, I'll sing

He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King

 

He lives and grants me daily breath

He lives, and I shall conquer death

He lives my mansion to prepare

He lives to bring me safely there

 

He lives, all glory to His Name

He lives, my Saviour, still the same

Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives

I know that my Redeemer lives

 

Prayer of thanksgiving, confession and intercession

 

Prayer response:

God of the unexpected, hear our prayer

 

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son:

Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won;

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

Kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.

 

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

 

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;

Let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing,

For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

 

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;

Life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;

Make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:

Bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.

 

Benediction

 

What is our hope in life and death? 

Christ alone, Christ alone. 

What is our only confidence?  

That our souls to Him belong.

Who holds our days within His hand? 

What comes, apart from His command? 

And what will keep us to the end? 

The love of Christ, in which we stand.

 

O sing hallelujah!

Our hope springs eternal; 

O sing hallelujah! 

Now and ever we confess 

Christ our hope in life and death.

 

What truth can calm the troubled soul? 

God is good, God is good. 

Where is His grace and goodness known? 

In our great Redeemer’s blood.

Who holds our faith when fears arise? 

Who stands above the stormy trial? 

Who sends the waves that bring us nigh 

Unto the shore, the rock of Christ?

 

Unto the grave, what shall we sing? 

“Christ, He lives; Christ, He lives!” 

And what reward will heaven bring? 

Everlasting life with Him.

There we will rise to meet the Lord, 

Then sin and death will be destroyed, 

And we will feast in endless joy, 

When Christ is ours forevermore. 

 


  

If you need pastoral care or any extra support, please contact:

Rev. Graham Nash, on 442068 or gpnash@churchofscotland.org.uk

14 Woodside Court, Cambusbarron, Stirling FK7 9PH

Angela Samson, our Wellbeing Coordinator on 07977 342022 or samsonangela@hotmail.com

Kathleen Davidson, our Pastoral Group leader on 471168

Graeme Fotheringham, our Wellbeing elder on 07887 824055.

 

 

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