Friday 3rd April would have been our Easter Service at St Mary’s Church. Many of you would have packed in to the church to be part of the service, listening to the children singing, hearing their readings and enjoying their acting out of the Easter story. We would also have had the opportunity to take part in Eucharist during the Last Supper part of the story.
Clearly, it has not been possible to hold our Easter Service this year. We wanted to ensure that all our children and families had an opportunity to reflect on the Easter story even though our service has not taken place.
We have therefore added three of the Easter songs we have sung in the past – we are sure many of the children will recognise them, as well as the Eucharistic prayer we traditionally use to explain and think about the first communion. We have also uploaded a Lego animation of Holy Week which I am sure the children will enjoy, and Rev’d Ross has provided us with a video of how to make your own palm cross.
It is important for us all to think about and reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross on Good Friday and message of hope and celebration as he rose from the dead on the third day, Easter Sunday.
I hope you all enjoy Easter as much as you can in the current circumstances and I also hope that you remain fit and healthy in order to enjoy time with your immediate family.
Best wishes for a Happy Easter.
The Eucharistic Prayer
On the night on which Jesus was betrayed,
he sat at supper with his disciples.
While they were eating, he took a piece of bread,
said a blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them with the words,
‘This is my body. It is broken for you.
Do this to remember me.’
Later, he took a cup of wine, saying,
‘This cup is God’s new covenant,
sealed with my blood.
Drink from it, all of you, to remember me.’
So now, following Jesus’s example and command,
we take this bread and this wine,
the ordinary things of the world
which Christ will make special.
And as he said a prayer before sharing,
let us do so too.
The Lord be with you
and also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.
Worship and praise belong to you, Father,
in every place and at all times.
You made us,
all the people of the world,
and everything that is.
You give us the daylight.
Your Word lights up our minds.
Jesus was born among us
to be light in our darkness.
Your Spirit lives in us
so that we can look at the world with your eyes.
Father, you never forget us or turn away from us,
even when we fail you.
You sent your Son Jesus
who gave his life for us.
For all your love we give you thanks
in the way that Jesus showed us that night.
As we do what he told us,
we open our hearts to him;
we remember how he died and rose again
to live now in us.
Together with him we offer you these gifts:
in them we give you ourselves.
Send your Holy Spirit on us
and on this bread and this wine,
that they may be the Body and Blood of Christ,
and that, sharing your life,
we may travel in your company to our journey's end.
With all your people
we give you thanks and praise
through the Son and in the Spirit,
now and for ever.
We say the Lord’s Prayer.
The gifts of God for the people of God.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those that sin against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
Now and forever
The School Prayer
Help us to make our school and our world a better place,
To care for others and things around us,
To set a good example for others,
And to encourage people to do things they find hard.
Thank you Lord
All in an Easter garden
Before the break of day
An angel came for Jesus
And rolled the stone away
And when his friends came seeking
With myrrh and spices rare
They found the angels at the door
But Jesus was not there.
All in an Easter garden
Where Water Lilies bloom
The angels gave their message
Beside an empty tomb;
He is not here, but come and see
The place where Jesus lay;
The Lord of life is risen indeed
For this is Easter day.