55. Easter Sunday 2021 - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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55. Easter Sunday 2021

Special Service
Audio Service - 04/04/2021

  • Introduction

  • Hymn

THIS is the day the Lord has made,
He calls the hours His own;
let heaven rejoice, let earth be glad,
and praise surround the throne.

2 Today He rose and left the dead,
and Satan’s empire fell:
today the saints His triumph spread,
and all His wonders tell.

3 Hosanna to the anointed King,
to David’s holy Son!
Help us, O Lord! descend and bring
salvation from Your throne.

4 Blest be the Lord, who comes to men
with messages of grace;
who comes in God His Father’s name,
to save our sinful race.

5 Hosanna in the highest strains
the church on earth can raise;
the highest heavens in which He reigns
shall give Him nobler praise.

  • O.T. Bible Reading


 The LORD says to my Lord:
         “Sit at my right hand,
   until I make your enemies your footstool.”
2  The LORD sends forth from Zion
   your mighty scepter.
   Rule in the midst of your enemies!
3  Your people will offer themselves freely
         on the day of your power,
         in holy garments;
   from the womb of the morning,
         the dew of your youth will be yours.
4  The LORD has sworn
         and will not change his mind,
   “You are a priest forever
         after the order of Melchizedek.”
5 ¶  The Lord is at your right hand;
   he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
6  He will execute judgment among the nations,
         filling them with corpses;
   he will shatter chiefs
         over the wide earth.
7  He will drink from the brook by the way;
   therefore he will lift up his head.

  • Hymn

with the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
folded the grave clothes, tomb filled with light,
as the angels announce, ‘Christ is risen!’
See God’s salvation plan, wrought in love,
borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
fulfilled in Christ, the man, for he lives,
Christ is risen from the dead!

2. See Mary weeping: ‘Where is he laid?’
as in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
hears a voice speaking, calling her name:
it’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years, speaking life,
stirring hope, bringing peace to us,
will sound till he appears, for he lives,
Christ is risen from the dead!

3. One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty,
honour and blessing, glory and praise
to the King crowned with power and authority!
And we are raised with him, death is dead,
love has won, Christ has conquered;
and we shall reign with him, for he lives,
Christ is risen from the dead!

  • NT Bible Reading

JOHN 20:1-31

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”

Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

  • Hymn

LOW in the grave He lay,
Jesus, my Saviour!
waiting the coming day,
Jesus, my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose,
with a mighty triumph o’er His foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
and He lives for ever with His saints to reign:
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

2 Vainly they watch His bed,
Jesus, my Saviour!
Vainly they seal the dead,
Jesus, my Lord!

3 Death cannot keep his prey,
Jesus, my Saviour!
He tore the bars away,
Jesus, my Lord!

  • Prayer

  • Hymn

CHRIST, the Lord, is risen today,
Sons of men and angels say:
Raise your joys and triumphs high;
Sing, ye heavens thou earth reply.

2 Love’s redeeming work is done;
Fought the fight, the battle won.
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is o’er;
Lo! He sets in blood no more.

3 Lives again our glorious King!
‘Where, O death, is now thy sting?’
Once He died our souls to save;
‘Where’s thy victory, boasting grave?’

4 Soar we now where Christ has led,
Following our exalted Head;
Made like Him, like Him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

  • Sermon

  • Hymn

THINE be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes, where Thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won!

2 Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

3 No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is nought without Thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through Thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.

  • Grace

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