Sunday 4 April - Easter Sunday

      St. Michael and All Angels                    Amersham on the Hill




                                           A warm welcome to this service

Our key Easter theme is the light of Jesus’ resurrection. From the darkness of Good Friday, Jesus’ crucifixion, the light of new life transforms all.  The celebration colours of gold and white reappear in church decoration and vestments, emphasising the joy and brightness of this glorious morn!

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

The Gathering

Introit  5 Fold Alleluia



Love's redeeming work is done; fought the fight, the battle won:
lo, our Sun's eclipse is o'er, lo, he sets in blood no more.

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal; Christ has burst the gates of hell;
death in vain forbids his rise; Christ has opened paradise.

Lives again our glorious King; where, O death, is now thy sting?
dying once, he all doth save; where thy victory, O grave?

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.

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven! Praise to thee by both be given:
thee we greet triumphant now; hail, the Resurrection Thou!
Charles Wesley (1707 -1788)

The Greeting

The Lord be with you                    All  and also with you.

Alleluia.  Christ is risen.                All  He is risen indeed. Alleluia.                               


Prayer of Preparation

All               Faithful one, whose word is life: come with saving power to free our praise, inspire our prayer and shape our lives for the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen                                     


Invitation to Confession

Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.         1 Cor 5.7,8)



Like Mary at the empty tomb, we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord, have mercy.           All   Lord, have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors, we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.         All   Christ, have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room, we are slow to believe.

Lord, have mercy.            All   Lord, have mercy.



May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by  is Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.            All   Amen.


Peruvian Gloria                      

Glory to God, glory to God, glory to our maker.    All  Glory to God, glory to God, glory to our maker.

To God be glory for ever.                                       All   To God be glory for ever.

Refrain       Alleluia, Amen.                                    All   Alleluia, Amen.

                  Alleluia, Amen                                      All   Alleluia, Amen.

                  Alleluia, Amen                                      All    Alleluia, Amen.

Glory to Christ, glory to Christ, glory to our brother. All   Glory to Christ, glory to Christ, glory to our brother.

To Christ be glory for ever.                                      All   To Christ be glory for ever.     


Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Spirit.       All   Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Spirit.

Give us your freedom for ever.                               All    Give us your freedom for ever.        



The Collect

Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory and might, now and in all eternity.                    All   Amen.


The Liturgy of the Word                                               

New Testament Reading - Acts 10.34–43

Peter began to speak to those assembled in the house of Cornelius: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’     

For the word of the Lord,                    All    Thanks be to God.


The strife is o'er, the battle done; now is the victor's triumph won;
O let the song of praise be sung: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Death's mightiest powers have done their worst, and Jesus hath his foes dispersed;
Let shouts of praise and joy outburst: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. 

On the third morn he rose again glorious in majesty to reign;
O let us swell the joyful strain: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Lord, by the stripes which wounded thee from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live, and sing to thee: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Latin hymn 17th century trans. Francis Pott (1832-1909)

Gospel Reading - John 20.1–18    

Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus said, “All who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.

Alleluia, alleluia.                                                   

The Lord be with you        All   and also with you.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. 

All               Glory to you, O Lord.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed 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.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who 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 returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other 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.’ When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ 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 Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because 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 she told them that he had said these things to her.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.  All   Praise to you, O Christ.

An Easter Thought -please click to be taken to this.


Profession of Faith                 

Let us affirm our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, The one for whom we exist?

All              I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?

All               I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world?

All               I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

All               This is our faith. We believe and trust in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Easter Day Intercessions  

Holy God, we praise you for the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ. Shed his living light on all people, that we may live as those who embody the risen life of Christ.

All               We praise you for the resurrection.

We pray for those who at this season are receiving in baptism your Son’s new life by water and the spirit. Dying with Christ, may they know the power of his resurrection.

All               We pray for those who at this season are receiving baptism

We pray for all whom we know and love, both near and far. May their eyes be opened to see the glory of the risen Lord, interwoven into the fabric of their lives.

All               We pray for all whom we know and love.

We pray for those who suffer pain and anguish. Grant them the faith to reach out towards the healing wounds of Christ, and be filled with his peace.

All               We pray for those who suffer pain and anguish.

We remember before you those who have died in the hope of the resurrection. Unite us with them in your undying love.

All               We remember before you those who have died in the hope of the resurrection.

All               Join our voices, Lord, we pray, to the songs of all your saints, in proclaiming that you raise us with Jesus from death to newness of life.  Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

All    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 who 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 for ever.  Amen.



Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once, upon the cross, alleluia! suffer to redeem our loss, alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, alleluia! unto Christ our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! sinners to redeem and save, alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia! our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia! where the angels ever sing, alleluia!
from ‘Lyra Davidica’ (1708)


The Dismissal

Choir anthem:    The Lord of Life



God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be among you, and remain with you always.        All  Amen.

We are raised to new life with Christ. Go in his peace.  Alleluia, alleluia.                   All  Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.  


Surrexit Christus  

                   (O Christ is risen, alleluia! Sing to the Lord, alleluia!)

All               O O O O surrexit Christus, alleluia!   O O O O, cantate Domino, alleluia!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,                                  All               Surrexit Christus, alleluia!

For his love has no end.                                                          All               Cantate Domino, alleluia!

The Lord is my strength, the Lord is my song.                         All               Surrexit Christus, alleluia!

He has been my Saviour                                                         All               Cantate Domino, alleluia!  

I shall not die, I shall live.                                                         All              Surrexit Christus, alleluia!

I shall live and recount his deeds.                                            All              Cantate Domino, alleluia!

All               O O O O surrexit Christus, alleluia!   O O O O, cantate Domino, alleluia!


Have a blessed Easter Full of joy and truth!



Enriching the Christian Year (1993), Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), New Patterns for Worship (2002) and Times and Seasons (2006), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.  CCL No 908682.  St M & AA 2018