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EASTER SUNDAY 2019



HALLELUJAH CHORUS
Introduction: 01 Intro Hallelujah Chorus (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Let us rejoice with the Hallelujah Chorus as we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus!

Hallelujah Chorus
02 Hallelujah Chorus (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

HYMN THINE BE THE GLORY

Introduction: 03 Intro Thine be the glory (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
This traditional Easter hymn is sung to a tune written by the famous German composer, Handel. It tells the story of the first Easter morning and puts us in the place of the disciples with the risen Christ meeting us in verse 2.

Audio File 04 Thine be the glory (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
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

Refrain:
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.

Refrain
3
No more we doubt thee,
Glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught 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:
Refrain


PRAYER
05 Prayer (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Almighty and eternal God, we come before you with a sense of relief knowing that the greatest tragedy the world could ever devise has not been possible to overcome your omnipotence because although man thought to kill Jesus despite his loveliness and perfection he is alive today! We celebrate today knowing Jesus was resurrected and as we read in Scripture He is now restored to his rightful place having ascended into heaven, there to make intercession for those who believe that his sacrifice was for them.
We would not in any sense forget what happened on Friday, nor your own agony, dear God, of your separation from Jesus while he was in the tomb, dependent on your power to raise him to life again. But today our hearts leap with joy at the thought that physically man can hurt him no more. And we are excited that everything that can be done to secure our eternity in heaven has been done. And that the offer of salvation is promised to everyone who will accept Jesus as their Saviour.
Indeed, we think of people we are going to meet when we leave this service, people who have not accepted Jesus and knowing they can be reconciled to God for ever by just one step of faith in Jesus Oh, dear God, teach us holy impatience that the gospel message might ever be on our lips for their sake. May our hearts burn within us with a desire to increase your kingdom here on earth in preparation to inherit your kingdom in heaven. This we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
And as we continue to pray, let us ask for the Spirit of the living God to fall on us.
SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD
Audio file 06 Spirit of the living God (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me
Spirit of the living God, Fall afresh on me.


HYMN: CHRIST THE LORD IS RIS’N TODAY

Introduction: 07 Intro Christ the Lord (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Christ the Lord is ris’n today is, of course, so appropriate a hymn to sing today. Marvellous words by Charles Wesley and the tune is Easter Hymn.

Audio file
08 Christ the Lord (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Hallelujah!
Sons of men and angels say, Hallelujah!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Hallelujah!
Sing, ye heav’ns, thou earth, reply, Hallelujah!
2
Love’s redeeming work is done, Hallelujah!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Hallelujah!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Hallelujah!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Hallelujah!
3
Lives again our glorious King, Hallelujah!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Hallelujah!
Once He died our souls to save, Hallelujah!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Hallelujah!
4
Soar we now where Christ hath led, Hallelujah!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Hallelujah!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Hallelujah!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Hallelujah!
5
King of glory, Soul of bliss, Hallelujah!
Everlasting life is this, Hallelujah!
Thee to know, Thy pow’r to prove, Hallelujah!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Hallelujah!

BIBLE READING
John 20 The Empty Tomb
09 John 20 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

CHORAL: ANASTASIS

Introduction: 10 Intro Anastasis (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
My good friend, the much talented, Richard Phillips, set to music some words I had written.
Printed here are the words around which Richard has woven his music. The result is this stunning work by Richard and I hope you will enjoy it today.

ANASTASIS (RESURRECTION
)
Audio file
11 Anastasis (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)  The music is centred around extracts from words in my poems.
I was passing a place called Calvary
When I saw such an angry crowd,

They were yelling and making fun of him
As he stood all bloodied and bowed;
There wasn’t an ounce of pity it seemed,
They laughed and jeered so much,
They poked and prodded and called him a fraud,
As he struggled through the crush.

There were soldiers there who chose not to care,
Or to notice the crowd’s sad delight,
At the comical sight of a crown of thorns
On a man they called ‘The Christ’;

There were people there in clerical robes,
Such clothing seemed out of place
When the man on the cross was said to be good,
Their presence seemed a disgrace.

I couldn’t believe the cruelty of man
As they cheered as the nails went in;
When I asked what he’d done to deserve all this,
They just turned their backs on him;

I’d seen enough and I wanted to leave,
But somehow I knew I must stay.
There was something compelling about this man
Who was crucified that day.

As I looked at the cross where they killed him
I felt I had put him there,
Each taunt that was hurled my name seemed to bear
I wept with guilt and despair;

Then darkness came down and covered the land
And my heart was so strangely stirred,

For he prayed as he died, ‘O Father, forgive’

Such beautiful gracious words;

‘Where have you taken him? cried Mary that day
The stone of the tomb she had found rolled away,
‘Why search for him here-he is risen indeed’
A tomb could not hold him, nor ever succeed;.

Hallelujah!
But still there are many who go to the cross
And see him entombed sensing all they have lost;
They stay in the graveyard of doubt and despair,
Forgetting that Jesus no longer is there.

Hallelujah!
The tomb remains empty, he needs it no more
God raised him to life and his glory restored;
The sacrifice made we must never forget
Enshrined in our hearts, an unpayable debt

[Love’s redeeming work is done; Hallelujah! Fought the fight the battle won; Hallelujah! Made like him, like him we rise; Hallelujah! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Hallelujah! Charles Wesley]
But the gloom of the tomb was banished today
It’s Easter for ever, God’s love on display!

Hallelujah!

BRASS: RESURGAM

Introduction: 12Intro Resurgam (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
‘Resurgam’ is a work for Brass Bands by Eric Ball and simply cries out to be included in our Easter Sunday service. I give the score notes here:- The word ‘resurgam’ comes from the Latin word resurgo, meaning "to rise again, to appear again, to lift oneself". Resurgam means "I shall rise again.” The words associated with the music are taken from the Apocrypha, part of which reads:
"But the souls of the upright are in the hands of God, And no torment can reach them. In the eyes of foolish people they seemed to have died, And their decease was thought an affliction, and their departure from us their ruin, but they are at peace".....’ The music reflects frustration, despair pain moving to fear, even hysteria interspersed with sudden silences and a sinister ‘fateful knocking at the door.’

The Gregorian chant sequence Dies irae-or ‘day of wrath’ from the Requiem Mass appears. The faith motif heard earlier in the music returns. There comes the glorious climax which subsides gently into a coda where trombones intone ‘But they are in peace.’ All in all, a masterpiece, Resurgam (‘I shall rise again.’)
Audio file 13 Resurgam (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

HYMN: UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE

Introduction: 14 Intro Up from the grave (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) I’ve taken the unusual step of including two very different arrangements of these familiar words. I hope you’ll enjoy both. The first is a full choral version. The second is an acappella version.
Audio file 15 Up from the grave (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Low in the grave He lay,
Jesus, my Saviour,
Waiting the coming day,
Jesus, my Lord!
Vainly they watch His bed,
Jesus, my Saviour;
Vainly they seal the dead,
Jesus, my Lord!


Chorus:
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 forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!


Death cannot keep his Prey,
Jesus, my Saviour;
He tore the bars away,
Jesus, my Lord!


Audio file ( 2)
16 Up from the grave (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
Audio file 17 Tithes (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
As we remember all God has done for us, it hardly seems necessary to mention our need to provide finance to build his kingdom here on earth. What a privilege we have! We cannot ever be satisfied with giving to God what we can afford after spending on what we enjoy. God’s needs must be our first consideration and when that happens so many blessings will be ours. Let us financially support the church or ministry from which we receive God’s blessings.

CHORAL: SEE WHAT A MORNING

Introduction: 18 Intro See what a morning (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
A relatively modern hymn which has much to recommend it as different denominations have found, it having such a sound Scriptural base.

Audio file:
19 See what a morning (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
See what a morning, gloriously bright,
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


BIBLE READING Matthew 27:1-10

Jesus Has Risen 20 Matthew 27 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

HYMN: I SERVE A RISEN SAVIOUR

Introduction: 21 Intro I serve (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Alfred Ackley wrote both words and music. One of his students asked him, ‘Why should I worship a dead Jew?’ Ackley’s response to the question echoed Matthew 28:6, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” which, in turn inspired him to write the words we have here.

Audio file
22 I serve a risen Saviour (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
I serve a risen Saviour,
He's in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,

And just the time I need Him, He's always near.

Refrain:
He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me

Along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.


2.
In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho' my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro' all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.

Refrain

3
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.

Refrain

MUSIC: RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION (BEETHOVEN)

Introduction 23 Intro Resurrection (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
The closing number, a chorus of angels (“Hallelujah, God’s almighty Son”), is introduced with a short but massive symphony leading to a jubilant burst of “Hallelujah,” which finally resolves itself into a glorious fugue. Some would suggest that in all sacred music it is difficult to find a choral number which can surpass it in majesty or power.

Audio file
24 Resurrection (Beethoven) (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Lyrics for the Hallelujah
Hallelujah unto God’s Almighty Son
Praise the Lord, ye bright angelic choirs
In holy songs of Joy. Man, proclaim his grace and glory,

Hallelujah unto God’s Almighty Son
Praise the Lord in holy songs of joy.


SERMON

me0021-3-3 Dr Malcolm Westwood

Audio file: 01 Sermon (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

For those who have been kind enough to follow my Easter messages over the years may remember me saying that many years ago when I first became a minister, how I struggled to capture the excitement of the Easter story well enough to share it with my congregation. As Easter drew closer I seemed to be no nearer being able to present the story as I felt it deserved to be. I’d always loved Easter time but putting it into words so that people would leave the Easter service with their hearts uplifted and with an even greater faith was something which I began to realise was proving to be difficult for me and as the days of Easter drew nearer still, I felt completely inadequate for the task. Perhaps I should just share the Bible accounts and let the congregation enjoy them. But Matthew’s gospel tells the story of the resurrection in just 210 words, a remarkably short account of the greatest event which ever took place. Mark makes do with even less with 179 words, while Luke tells the story in 230 and John in 192.

And apart from the few inevitable differences in how people viewed the circumstances they found as they found the tomb was empty, I could see myself giving a very short sermon at Easter! (after all, up to this point in my message here today, I have used 222 words which already exceeds Matthew, Mark and John’s account of the resurrection!)


Outline after outline of a possible sermon ended in the bin, convinced as I was that I might be the first in the church to fall asleep while actually delivering the sermon! In despair, I cried out to God to give me something ‘special’ for the congregation-something that would give them cause to go from the service with a real ‘Hallelujah’ in their hearts and on their lips. And following the desperation of that prayer God guided my thoughts to see what I hadn’t seen before in the accounts. The words were always there, of course, but I just hadn’t seen what they were saying. I’m sure they were things other people had noticed but they were new to me.


God is so faithful, isn’t he?! Every Easter since the time of my desperate prayer God has given to me something I hadn’t ‘seen’ before in the Easter story and before I share my thoughts today, I want to just pause for a moment to say ‘publicly’, thank you to God for the miracle of revealing thoughts which have been new to me; thoughts which may not be new to others but they have been to me. I have been so grateful to God for those revelations which have given me a feeling of excitement and anticipation as I’ve ‘ascended the pulpit steps.’ In retirement it is the hardest thing I find-not being ‘in the pulpit’ at Easter! Such is the wonder I feel at this time of the year and which, of course, lasts from Easter to Easter.


For those who have been Christians for many years we have heard seemingly every aspect of the resurrection story. And they never lose their interest because the accounts of the Gospel writers write about a miracle. But, of course, there were no witnesses of the actual moment Jesus was raised to life.


I puzzled over this for a long while. Had
we been involved in such a miracle, wouldn’t we have had the stone of the tomb rolled away, and the opening enlarged so everyone could see inside, lightning striking the plinth on which Jesus lay, a thousand angels appearing singing their version of the Hallelujah Chorus as Jesus came back to life! Why didn’t it happen more like that! It might have made sermons more easy to write and certainly more dramatic!

But in looking for the spectacular we overlook the tragedy. We see the crucifixion through
our eyes and for us when Jesus is in the tomb, the pain, the cruelty, the despising, the ridicule is over. But God sees what man has done to his precious Son, from whom since the creation of the world, have been as one. Jesus himself told us, ‘I and the Father are one’. And the death of Jesus meant a separation that God had never experienced. That separation is how much our sin and the way we could be forgiven cost God and Jesus. We’re told that ‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.(2 Corinthians 5:21)

In the tomb in God’s eyes was his beloved Son who was infected with the sin of the whole world-yours and mine. Throughout Scripture we read how God longs for his created people to obey his commands which, if followed, ensure the kind of amazing life God wants us to have. All our disobedience, all our lack of willingness to serve him, all our ignoring his entreaties placed on and
in Jesus had reduced his Son to be put to the death of a common criminal. No truer lines of a hymn are there than ‘He died that we might be forgiven....’ and ‘there was no other good enough to pay the price of sin...’ There in the tomb lay a perfect life but one covered in what sin ultimately would have done to us all.
The body in the tomb in our eyes was the sacrifice needed to free us from the penalty of our sin. It’s over! But for God, to see the blood- stained body of his son reduced to a sin-infected corpse, must have been unbearable.

The resurrection of Jesus had to wait for 3 days because
according to Jewish tradition, a person’s soul remained with a dead body for three days. After three days, the soul departed. If Jesus’ resurrection had occurred on the same day or even the next day, it would have been easy for his enemies to argue he had never truly died.

Now here I ask you to allow me some theological licence because I have no Biblical reference to give for this .....but reading of the oneness between God and his Son, I find it hard to imagine God would despatch an angel from heaven with an order to visit the tomb and raise Jesus to life. I think God is a hands–on God! And when Jesus came alive, I think God would want to be the one holding him, and gently loving him in his arms. I think God would have wanted Jesus to see him the very moment he opened his eyes. I think God would have found it completely unacceptable to grant that moment to anyone else. And if we assume God is unemotional, acting without an awareness of circumstances, I suggest that is not our God! And my reason why the resurrection was not staged as the equivalent of a Cecil de Mille film is that that moment God loved Jesus backed to life was too sacred, too personal a moment for anyone to see let alone to take in what it cost God and his Son to do for us. The cross is
our reminder of that. So many people looked at the cross as Jesus hung there dying. That’s our reminder. But loving Jesus back to life is only for God to experience. So, yes, I think that God himself came to the tomb to love Jesus back to life. And for all God has done for us, surely he deserves those moments to restore Jesus without our curiosity being satisfied. And even as I share these thoughts with you, I’m aware that it is only our thoughts which take us on such holy ground. We couldn’t be there....
No-one could be there. It is too utterly, utterly sacred a moment.

So we must be content to allow God to minister to his Son in the tomb because no one else was worthy to be there.


We must be-and are -content to meditate on the descriptions of what happened after Jesus was restored to life. And here again, I’m so grateful for the observations God gives me in answer to my personal prayer to open my spiritual eyes so that I could have something ‘new’ to me to share with you.


You’ll remember that two ‘secret disciples’ of Jesus made themselves responsible for taking the body of Jesus down from the cross and carrying it to a new tomb. This was Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. It was a brave act by Joseph to go to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. In John 19:38 we’re told he was a secret disciple because he ‘feared the Jews.’ He certainly had nothing to gain by now being openly associated with a man who the ruling counsel of the Jews had conspired to falsely condemn. Joseph even went so far as to purchase a shroud for Jesus (Mark 15:46) It would seem that his secrecy had ended. Equally, Nicodemus was one who ‘came to Jesus by night’ but he helped Joseph and provided 75lbs of myrrh and aloes. At first reading that seems an over the top action because that amount would have been sufficient to anoint 200 bodies! It’s said there can be no such thing as a secret disciple because either the secrecy will kill the discipleship or the discipleship will kill the secrecy!


But time was of the essence. The Jewish Sabbath was approaching. Jesus died at 6pm on the Friday, the time of the start of the Jewish Sabbath. There was no time for a ‘normal’ burial where the body would be washed and anointed. The 75lbs was not used for the anointing of the body of Jesus-the women came after the Sabbath to do that. It was used to be spread under the body of Jesus and on his shroud and all around the tomb to make it smell fragrantly to offset the rancid smell as a body decayed.


How sad that both Joseph and Nicodemus because of their determination to keep their discipleship secret weren’t there to hear the words of Jesus when he taught them that:- “The Son of man is g
oing to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise." (Mark 9:31) Nicodemus brought 75lbs of fragrant spice to hide the smell of the body putrefying but Jesus wouldn’t be there that long! Had he listened to Jesus, he would have acted differently. So many still claim to follow Jesus but fail to hear his words.

The women went to the tomb very early in the morning with the spices they had prepared. They must have heard Jesus’ teaching about a three day resurrection but talk of such ‘impossibilities’ can often be dismissed as meaning all sorts of things. If only they, like us, would have realised that what Jesus says he means. Just because we think things are unlikely or indeed impossible doesn’t mean that God does! The women came with spices to fend off the smell of a dying body but God had better plans for Jesus than that!
Seeing the stone had been
rolled away, they entered the tomb and found Jesus wasn’t there.

Mary, weeping over the fact that on top of all that had happened in recent days to Jesus. There was one more thing. Now, he was missing from the tomb
.

The angels in attendance asked why she was crying and she explained what was disturbing her. And in a mastery of description we read, ‘At this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there but she didn’t realise it was him. She assumed it was the gardener.


Pause for a moment here with me, please. The last time any human being saw Jesus he was in a shroud. Here he is, obviously without a shroud and equally obviously with some form of normal attire. How did that happen?!


You know God has an amazing ability to deal with the detail of our lives! For a God who could and can resurrect someone, providing a set of clothes would hardly be a problem!
Can I just suggest as I draw our thoughts to a conclusion today (–and even as I say 'today'- I’m reminded of my intention to write a book soon on the thoughts God has given me about the death and resurrection of Jesus. I would be so grateful for your prayers for that project, please!) Perhaps there is a lesson for the world here in the provided clothes of Jesus. When Jesus was resurrected, that which he had before, he no longer needed. His blood-stained clothes he no longer needed.
That which is before the cross is left in the tomb. New life is the promise of the resurrection.
The clothes of sin and limitations are required no more. When we are forgiven, we are given new clothes of righteousness. We do not need that which restricted us from our journey with Jesus, nor should we hanker after it!
When Jesus was brought back to life by his Father, Jesus left behind him all that had contributed to his death, all the sins we had put on him including the sins of.........well, just fill in your list here while I do mine!...... I fear mine may take a little while!
Just as Jesus was given new life, freed now from the effects of sin, so when we are given new life when we are forgiven, we ‘put on’ the Lord Jesus (Romans 13:14)


This Easter Day may I suggest-and hope- that you will go from this service, clothed in God’s righteousness because God has come to the personal tomb you were in when you were dead in your sin and he has given you new life. We believe “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
That surely deserves a Hallelujah. O how I’d like to share more with you....but for now.......

…..have a wonderful Easter Day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and your own miracle of being clothed in God’s righteousness.

CHORAL: BECAUSE HE LIVES
02 Because he lives (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives
Refrain:

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives


2
How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy He gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain day, because He lives
Refrain
3
And then one day, I'll cross the river
I'll fight life's final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He reigns
Refrain


BENEDICTION

03 Benediction (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
May the miracle of the resurrection give you the certainty that with God all things are possible. Hallelujah!






If you would like to comment on the service,  please e mail  Dr Malcolm Westwood  on  mw@veilministries.org