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Welcome to our online service on Easter Sunday, 12th April 2020

Jeremiah spoke about the new covenant. He said:

Jeremiah 31: 31, 33:
31 "The days are coming," declares the Lord,
     "when I will make a new covenant
     with the people of Israel
     and with the people of Judah."
33 "This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
     after that time," declares the Lord.
     "I will put my law in their minds
     and write it on their hearts.
     I will be their God,
     and they will be my people."

This new covenant is made through Jesus' body and blood, offered at the cross.

Listen to and sing the story of: The Power of the Cross! (click on the title, the song will open in a new tab)

Mark records what took place as Jesus was crucified: Read: Mark 15:1-39
But that is not the end of the story. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15: "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead."
So we can say: Christ is Risen - He is risen Indeed!

Listen to, or sing along with a song about the morning of resurrection, and what the empty tomb meant - it brings hope of eternal life.
Listen to: See what a morning

Prayer: Come to God in prayer and give thanks for Jesus' death and resurrection - and the hope we have because of him.

For children, watch: The Seriously Surprising Story
For all, watch: Who did Jesus come to rescue?

Before we come to look at the passage in the Gospel written by Mark:
Sing Jesus' praise: Glory to Jesus - risen conquering Son Think about opening your window and letting others hear the good news of Jesus risen!

Read Psalm 22: 1-18 - which points forward to the cross.

Listen to: God of glory we exalt your name! Praising God for who he is.

Sermon: Mark 16:1-8

Jesus is risen, there is life beyond death. And one day he will return - O Glorious Day for those who trust him!
Listen to: O Glorious Day!

Spend some time in prayer
Heavenly Father, our ever-present help in trouble, our fortress and our God: calm the anxious fears of all who turn to you; give strength and healing to those who are sick, and courage and skill to those who care for them; grant wisdom and clarity to those in authority; and humble us all to call upon you that we may be saved not only in this life, but also for that which is to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Loving heavenly Father, at this time of great uncertainty in our country and around the world, we pray that people would turn to you for stability and comfort. We pray particularly for those who don't yet know Jesus, that through some means in the midst of all that is happening they would hear the good news of him. Grant them repentance and a knowledge of the truth, that they may know you and the secure joy of eternal life in him. For we ask in Jesus's name, Amen.

And pray for each other:
Sovereign Lord, please humble us all under your mighty hand, that we may use the opportunities given to us now for reflection, repentance, and thanksgiving for all the good things you have given us but which we often take for granted. Throughout these strange days, please fix our hearts on heaven and our minds on pleasing you in everything, so that whatever the outcome we may rest secure in Christ, in whose name we pray all these things, Amen.
(Written prayers: Lee Gatiss)

Close with an affirmation of the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Listen to: I Know that my Redeemer Lives

O God, who for our redemption gave your Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy - grant that we would die daily to sin, that we would evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Do think about ringing someone else in the church family to encourage them this Sunday with the news that Christ has died for us!