Sunday 4th April 2021
Easter Day

Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18 

(Alternatives: Isaiah 25:6-9; Mark 16:1-8)

The Gospel readings for Easter recount how the first followers of Jesus began to realise the truth that he was alive. The additional readings for the day root this reality in the Old Testament Scriptures and the life and proclamation of the Early Church. Like those early disciples, we who on Easter Day have encountered the risen Lord, are called not to simply seek the religious or spectacular, but to resume our everyday working lives transformed by the truth which we have re-embraced. This Easter commission seeks to capture that reality:

The everyday and familiar invites our return
School runs, commuter routes, schedules and in-trays
e-mail; g-mail; voice-mail; snail-mail;
Response: Christ has died, Christ is risen

Appointments to keep, customers to satisfy
Orders to complete, mistakes to rectify
R: Christ has died, Christ is risen

Ends to make meet, uncertainties lurking
Tough decisions to make, dilemmas to ponder
R: Christ has died, Christ is risen

Aspirations to fulfil, careers to pursue
Skills to share, accomplishments to celebrate
R: Christ has died Christ is risen

Experiences await; unimagined, unforeseen
Dreamed-of, dreaded or simply routine
R: Christ has died, Christ is risen

Christ who is Lord of all things,
We have wept and shuddered at the foot of Your cross;
Marvelled and rejoiced at Your empty tomb.
May we not return unchanged
To that from which we turned aside;
But ready to seek Your living presence
in every aspect of our being.