Posted 10 April 2022
Our online worship is back!
Offering much more than just a livestreamed service, this special webpage allows you to dip in and out of a variety of audio and visual content, engage with interactive activities, make choices on worship songs and communicate with others.
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Welcome and Intro
Here's a fun little summary of some of what Jesus got up to, and then there's a selection of (Easter) songs and hymns that come from different centuries and countries, celebrating the hope found in Jesus.
An Extraordinary Life
This well known Easter hymn was written by Swiss minister Edmond Budry to Handel's 'See, the conqu'ring hero comes'. It was written in French in the 19th Century and translated into English in the 20th.
Songs & Hymns
That classic hymn with a modern feel.
It's amazing to think that the words for this hymn were written over a thousand years ago! They're attributed to a Syrian church leader known as John of Damascus.
Another well known Easter anthem, this time from the 1700s, written by methodist Charles Wesley. Here it gets a 21st century makeover by the New Scottish Hymns band.
And we come right up to date with a couple of contemporary songs.
The first is written and performed by American worship leader Phil Wickham and the second by Irish band Rend Collective.
Whether you're a new Christian, a seasoned Christian or nowhere near being a Christian, it's surely a good thing at this time of year to give a proper hearing to the eyewitness accounts of Jesus' life, death and coming back to life.
Below you can find 'the Easter Story' in three parts - an abridging of texts from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The videos helpfully portray the cultural setting and mood of that last week of Jesus' life. Watching the 'whole story' like this is a powerful way of seeing how the various parts of the story flow together.
So, sit back, take time, and listen to the events of 2,000 years ago...
What stands out to you?
Is there something you hadn't noticed before?
What questions does it raise for you?
The Story: excerpts from the Gospels
Today's message below will focus on the hope found in the story as recorded in Luke's gospel (Chapters 23 & 24). It reads like this:
Two other men, both of them criminals, were also led out to be put to death with Jesus. When they came to the place called “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don't know what they are doing.”
They divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice. The people stood there watching while the Jewish leaders made fun of him: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!”
The soldiers also made fun of him: they came up to him and offered him cheap wine, and said, “Save yourself if you are the king of the Jews!”
Above him were written these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”
One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: “Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don't you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!”
Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.”
It was about twelve o'clock when the sun stopped shining and darkness covered the whole country until three o'clock; and the curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in two. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father! In your hands I place my spirit!” He said this and died. The army officer saw what had happened, and he praised God, saying, “Certainly he was a good man!”
On the Sabbath they rested, as the Law commanded.
Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb, so they went in; but they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. They stood there puzzled about this, when suddenly two men in bright shining clothes stood by them. Full of fear, the women bowed down to the ground, as the men said to them, “Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive? He is not here; he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and three days later rise to life.’”
Then the women remembered his words, returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven disciples and all the rest. The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; they and the other women with them told these things to the apostles.
Explore More: Alpha
The song below has become a 'modern classic' which we especially love to sing at this time of year. The words express so well many of the things we thought about in the message above.
Below you can find a variety of ways in which the song has been sung - so pick the style that most appeals to you and let the lyrics and music speak hope into your soul.
If you want to find out more about Jesus and what faith in him involves, you can join an Alpha Group.
At each session you'll get to watch a short video, ask questions, share your thoughts and hear what others think.
If you're interested in joining such a group then get in touch either directly or through the person who told you about Hadleigh URC's Easter Online service.
Congregational (Songs of Praise)
Peaceful, melodic with celtic vibes
The original version by Stuart Townend, in a live worship setting
Prayers for the World
We've been thinking about the hope made available through Jesus. So let's turn our thoughts to the world - and the various situations where there is darkness - and pray for hope.
Sift through the photos below (you can shift them around with your mouse or finger, and adjust the size). What does the image convey to you? What are the wider issues involved? Hold the situation, the people involved in it, and others who are are represented by it before God.
A closing prayer:
We end with a recent anthemic song that surveys the story of Jesus and the hope we find in him - and offers praise and worship to the God who is Father, Son and Spirit...
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