4th April - Easter Sunday.

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4 April, 2021Rev Brian Hoole

READ: Mark 16:1-8 

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. 


DISCUSS 

  1. How has your week been?  
  2. How have you seen God at work in your life this week? 
  3. Read the passage again.  
  4. What does this passage tell us about Jesus? 
  5. What does this passage tell us about the Father? 
  6. What does it tell us about our relationship with Him? 
  7. What is challenging in this passage? 
  8. Is there anything else the passage is saying to me? 
  9. What am I going to do about it? 
  10.  Who am I going to share it with? 

 Be prepared to share back next week. 


PRAY 

Let us pray 


Yours is the glory, O God, for raising Jesus from the darkness of death.  


Yours is the glory, O Christ, for being prepared, to conquer death and give us  the gift of eternal life. 


And, as if that were not enough, you greet us by name, as you greeted Mary in the garden, and transform our lives forever with your Easter life.  


Risen Lord, we worship and adore you; and we pray that the Holy Spirit, your life in us, will so transform us to your image, that we radiate your glory here, through our rejoicing and praise, and in all the places where people's lives are still affected by the powers of death and sin.  


Yours is the glory, O God, for showing us the human face of your love in Jesus,  your Son, our risen Lord.  


Yours is the glory, risen Lord Jesus, and we rejoice that 'endless is the victory that you over death have won'.  Alleluia! Christ is risen! 


  Christ is risen indeed! Amen 


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