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The Easter story is rich in powerful contrasts. The birth of Jesus, a seemingly illegitimate child, born in squalor, lived a life under threat from the very beginning. The prophet, teacher and Son of God was challenged, hunted and crucified. Such a dark and unfavoured beginning and short and harsh life and ministry.
Celtic Knot
So when Easter day arrives, the tombstone rolls away for a risen Lord. On Easter day the stone rolls away for us all! The victims and downtrodden of this world are no longer trapped. The darkness of the tomb of fear, sin, torture, death, pain and despair is filled with light. The contrast is truly astounding! The nature of life itself is changed and the rhythms of the universe transformed forever. A new heartbeat of grace flows in and around every aspect of a fallen world. Redemption is all encompassing and the justice of heaven reigns. Amazing love! Amazing grace! Truth alive and death defeated forever!


Resurrection of Jesus

Resurrection of Jesus

Easter Sunday Morning Prayer
(an Easter prayer to the Holy Trinity)


O Lord,
Risen, alive and full of grace.
You paid such a price that we may live in freedom today.
We worship your holy name and give thanks for your redeeming grace.

Heavenly Father,
May we drink in your tender love so that we can pour this love out to others.
Come reign in our hearts, minds and spirits.

Holy Spirit,
We welcome you to blow through our every word, action and thought.
Come transform us on the inside so that each day we become more like our risen Lord.

Amen.


Short Easter Blessing

(a short prayer suitable for blessing the congregation with at the end of the Easter service)

May the celebration of resurrected life bring new hope to your being.
May the victory over earthly death turn your eyes to the promises of heaven.
May the empty tomb help you to leave your sorrows at the foot of the cross.
So that God's hope, promises and forgiveness reign in your life forever.

Amen.


love overcame

A meditation on the Resurrection of Christ, with figurative and semi-abstract pastel paintings charting the unfolding events that began on that first Easter sunday.


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Love Overcame

(the prayer poem in the film above)


Love overcame
Emerging from a cold tomb
All the truth, majesty and creativity of a living God
Transforming a broken heart
Making a quiet return, in a still and sorrowful garden
The grave stone rolled away, to release redemptive love
Jesus resurrected and restored
Comforts a weeping woman
Speaks with travellers on a journey
Meets with his faithful friends
And they bow down before Christ alive
And acknowledged that the saviour has arrived
That the word of God has come alive
And that the extraordinary transformation of heaven and earth
Is complete


("Love Overcame" copyright © 2014 Julie Palmer)

pink celtic frame


celtic frame
Easter Grace Blessing

(a short prayer suitable to say before an Easter dinner meal)

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us this day.
May this meal be blessed as we gather to celebrate together.
May your love be shared amongst us as we enjoy the gift of fellowship.
May we remember to give out the grace and forgiveness that you have freely given us,
And may we always give thanks for your sacrificial love.

Amen.

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love came

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