Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Matthew with St. Chad, Smethwick

Easter Day 2020

12 Apr 2020, midnight

Opening Prayer Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

A Thought for today Today we reflect on the early morning of the third day after Jesus’ death. The sealed tomb was open. Jesus’ body was gone. Men in dazzling white said Jesus was not here. Later a range of people met with a risen Jesus who they did not at first recognise.

This is not a myth - it is the witness testimony of people who were there. Testimony handed to us so that we too may believe.

Easter Prayer Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of Jesus overcame the old order of sin and death: make all things new in him and grant that we may reign with him in glory by becoming dead to sin and alive in Jesus. AMEN

Prayer of blessing May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Closing Note: This message is sent to you with love and prayers as: a word of encouragement and a sign of hope in these quite extraordinary times.