Sunday 12th April

Jesus is Risen – Hallelujah

Hi Everyone and welcome to this, our Easter Service. Lets start this celebration with the song Happy day (the greatest day in history).

Most people thinking about Easter start planning what they can do on this long weekend. It’s Spring, the weather is warming up, things are starting to grow, there’s all those jobs to do in the garden. You can go on an Easter break, not this year obviously, spend time with the family, eat chocolate! All the things you can do over these four days that you can’t do on the usual two day weekend.

As Christians we will spend some time remembering the horrific death that Jesus suffered for us, and death defeated when he came back to life.

Prayer

Song: Amazing Grace

So this week we are going to do an Easter based scavenger hunt and you can collect the various items as we go along.

First something white to represent the Purity of God. Back in January we looked at creation and we saw that God created a perfect world. Genesis 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Unfortunately by chapter 3 things had started to go wrong with sin slithering in in the form of a snake v 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Now find something black to represent sin.

Things spiral out of control and that close relationship with God is broken. We then see a long period of time where the sacrifices of animals are used to temporarily cover their sins.

But God had a plan from the beginning and when the time was right he sent Jesus into our world.

Matthew 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

Although Jesus was fully human, he was also Gods son Luke 3:22 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Now find some bread and wine or something similar. He taught us how to remember him with this simple act of communion. Luke 22:19-20 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

He was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver Matthew 26:14-16 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Now find some silver coins.

Thorns maybe a little difficult for you to find but they are next on the list. Also two pieces of wood and nails. These represent the humiliation, the shame and the pain he suffered on the cross for us. Matthew 27:28-29 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.

On the cross he is given a drink John 19:28-30 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Now find something sour.

Have you torn anything recently because that is what you need now. Mark 15:38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. This was to show that Jesus had now made a way back to God without needing all the animal sacrifices anymore.

Song: Only one name

Go and raid the spice rack, have you got any myrrh or aloes? John 19:39-40 Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. These were used in preparation for burial.

Have you any rocks in your garden, bring one in but don’t give yourself a hernia. This is a picture of the tomb and the stone in front of it.

You can be a bit creative here we need three of something to represent the three days Jesus spent in the tomb.

Reading: Luke 23:50-56, 24:1-12

Have you got anything empty? Easter egg wrappers etc. This is to represent the empty tomb.“He is not here He is risen.”

Song: Victors Crown

That’s not the end of the story. Easter is not just a long weekend! It is the beginning of a new life. Have you got anything new or have you eaten it already. Find it now.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:19-25 


So let us remember Jesus isn’t just for Christmas, although he had to come to our world to live as a human. He is not just for Easter, although he had to die to make a way back to God. He is for everyone for all time.

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.

Song: In Christ alone

Happy Easter!