Celebrating Easter Saturday from Home

Celebrating Easter Saturday from Home

In these worship resources,
we continue our journey through Easter Week,
following the Lord’s betrayal, suffering, death and resurrection.

“Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”

Reflection on Eastertide and ideas for celebrating this season from home

I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.

Non moriar, sed vivam,
et narrabo opera Domini.

Psalm 117 (118): 17

Reflection

The story from the last few days about the healing of the lame man concludes today.

Peter and John are recognised as being both uneducated and ordinary;
yet they are also recognised as disciples of Jesus.

Having no idea how to deal with the two disciples,
or with how the crowds will react to this healing,
the elders command them not to talk or teach about Jesus.

But Peter and John replied,

We cannot keep from speaking
about what we have seen and heard.

perhaps reflecting the words of the psalm:

I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.

The crowds recognise this work of healing
and praise God for what he has done for the man born lame,
now able to leap and jump and walk.

Music for reflection

Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness

1 The glory of the cross we sing,
the cross of Jesus Christ our Lord,
who died and rose to set us free,
our way from death to life secured.

2 As once God’s people rested safe,
protected by a lamb’s own blood,
so we acclaim the sacrifice
of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.

3 As once the Chosen People passed
from pain to freedom through the sea,
so now baptismal water saves
the chosen, called to liberty.

4 At Passover, before he died,
Christ Jesus took the bread and wine:
‘This is my body, this my blood,
do this as my memorial sign.’

5 What once by Jesus was achieved
we celebrate with heart and soul,
recalling and effecting now
the saving work that makes us whole.

tune: Wareham  LM
words: John Ainslie

The Lord’s Prayer

We thank you, heavenly Father,
that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son;
and we pray that,
as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Alleluia!

In these strange times, we are called to trust

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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