Church of England Diocese of Exeter Lynton

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Dear Friends!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

This is the faith in which we live and make sense of all that we live through, and I will deeply miss that moment when we acclaim it together as the Easter celebrations begin; but all that we share truly depends more on the reality of being one in the risen Christ than on our worshiping in one place. Just as our shared worship can bring us great Easter joy, this year let’s allow that joy of our spiritual communion well up in us with love as we know this is the feast of the Resurrection – the Queen of feasts – for us all.

My sermon which is attached includes the readings for the day.

I also invite you to choose to spend some time on Easter Day doing something that brings you alive, brings you real joy, fills you with love or gratitude, in other words, helps you feel close to the God of Resurrection. You might want to talk to Jesus, as you would with a friend about how you might deepen your companionship with him in the things you love doing.

If today, we glimpse something of God’s life-giving love for the world, may we pray too for all those who knowingly or not are showing that love so freely in their actions; those (and that may be ourselves) who are not able to feel that love at this time; those who are suffering and those who have died, that they may know Jesus’ companionship in all that they travel through.

I look forward to hearing about how you found ways to celebrate this Easter and pray that it is a time of renewed faith, hope and love in the midst of all we are living through.

With love and my prayers


He is risen indeed, Alleluia!


The Reverend Samantha Stayte

The Lyn Valley Mission Community

Sermon_for_Easter_Day_VX9eq4O, PDF