How to Participate
Use the order of service below to pray, read from God’s Word, sing, and hear this week’s sermon.
Order of Service for Sunday 12th April 2020
- Both the Family Camp to Avoca (June 2020) and also our kids camp Going Bananas (Aug.2020) are cancelled. It is with great regret that (for a number of different reasons related to Covid-19) we have taken the decision to cancel these two upcoming events.
- Prayer ‘meeting’ (virtual) on Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45pm. Join here
-You will have to install Zoom (if you haven’t yet). Follow the instructions as they appear on screen (no need to create an account).
-The password can be requested via email before the meeting.
-If you’re having trouble joining in please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- We have added some excellent new resources to the Prayer page.
- Easter SATURDAY Kid’s Activity – You must start it on Saturday! Special Easter activity for children here.
- Welcome and prayer
- See what a morning!
- Living, Loving, Lasting!
(This children’s song is new to us. Play it through a couple of times – it’s worth learning!)
- Take a minute in silence to search your own heart and confess your sins
(thought, word, and deed) before God.
- Prayer – Take time to read and pray slowly:
Eternal and Merciful God, You have loved us with a love beyond our understanding, and You have set us on paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake.
Yet, we have strayed from Your way; we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, through what we have done and what we have left undone, and we have wandered from Your pathway.
But we praise and thank you that in Christ You cleanse us from all our sin, as our baptism reminds us.
Grant us now, we pray, the grace to die daily to sin, and to rise daily to new life in Christ, who lives and reigns with You, and in whose strong name we pray.
- Assurance of pardon
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
- What did the cross achieve, now heralded by the resurrection? Watch:
Video sermon jam: ‘On Christ Alone’ (Elder D.J. Ward)
- It is well with my soul
- Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:15-29
As we’ve been learning, Jesus almost certainly read and/or sang Psalms 113-118 at the Last Supper, shortly before he gave his life on the cross for all our sins. On this Easter morning we share with Christ in the joy of these words:
15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!
16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
18 The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
22 The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 O LORD, save us; O LORD, grant us success.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.
27 The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine upon us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
- Scripture Reading : 1 Corinthians 15:1-26
1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.
2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve 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 to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
11 Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.
16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.
19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
Father as we praise you for the unshakeable hope that is in Christ, we ask that you would draw near to the hopeless.
Where there is domestic abuse, grant protection and freedom to those who suffer.
Where children are neglected, bring them love, laughter and security.
Where there is crippling addiction, break the chains.
Where there are dark clouds of despair and depression, bring a new dawn.
Where there is coldness and resentment in marriage, may your grace bring repentance, faithfulness, and new love.
Where there is deep anxiety, bring your comfort and peace.
Where there is doubt, grant faith.
Where there is guilt and fear, bring peace and assurance.
Work all the good things that you have planned for your people, amid every trouble and loss.
Remind us that this world is passing away.
Teach us that your kingdom alone is eternal.
Enable us to endure all things for the joy that is set before us.
Help us at all times to make known the Lord Jesus who alone is the resurrection and the life.
We ask all this in his precious name, reminded that he is coming soon, that every eye will see him, and that before him every knee will bow.
Come Lord Jesus. Amen
- There is a hope
- The grace
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore, Amen.