Easter Sunday Service 4th April 2021

St Mary’s Aberfoyle


5th April 2021


Hymn:       Jesus Christ is Risen Today   

(please do not sing but if you wish hum)

                                    Jesus Christ is Risen Today,


                                    Our triumphant holy day,


                                    Who did once upon the Cross,


                                    Suffer to redeem our loss,


                                    But the pain that he endured,


                                    Our salvation hath procured,


                                    Now above the sky He’s King,


                                    Where the angels ever sing,


Our service begins with the Liturgy of the Light and the Blessing of the Pascal Candle, which symbolises Christ’s breaking of the darkness of sin and death to bring us all the Easter victory,

Blessing of the Candle

All:  May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.                        Amen                                                                                     


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ                                                                    Amen

Please Kneel or Sit

Collect for Purity

God is love and we are God’s children. There is no room for fear in love. 
We love because God loved us first. Let us confess our sins in penitence 
and faith.

God our Father, we confess to you and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ that we have sinned in thought, word and deed, 
and in what we have failed to do.  We are truly sorry.

Forgive us our sins, and deliver us from the power of evil, for the sake of your Son who died for us, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

God, who is both power and love, forgive us and free us from our sins, heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.                                       Amen                          

Please Stand


Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.    



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;

To whom with you and the Holy Spirit

Now and in all eternity

Please Sit

Reading:  Acts 10, vs 34-43

34Then Peter began to speak: “I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism 35 but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know that has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached  38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.  They killed him by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen – by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Please Stand   

Gospel:  John 20, vs 1-18

                    Glory to Christ our Saviour.


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. 2So 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!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying here, 7as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head.  The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8Finally 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.) 10Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13They asked, “Woman, why are you crying?”  “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14At this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise that it was Jesus. 15 “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”  Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary.”  She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father.  Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious Gospel.

                        Praise to Christ our Lord.

The Renewal of our Baptismal Vows:   

Dear Friends in Christ as we celebrate the Paschal Mystery of our Saviour Christ’s Death and Resurrection, we remember that at our baptism we were buried with Christ and raised with Him to newness of life.  Let us show our thankfulness to God by renewing the solemn pledges which were made then; to renounce the word, the flesh and the devil, to accept God’s forgiving grace in His Son, Our Lord, to believe in Christian Faith and to keep God’s Holy Will and Commandments.

I ask you therefore:

Do you renounce the devil, the author of all evil and father of lies? 

Yes, I renounce him

Do you repent of your sins, of having closed your heart and mind to God and having followed your own will?

Yes, I repent of my sin

Do you accept the forgiveness Our Heavenly Father offers to you in His Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ?

Yes, I accept his forgiveness

Do you believe and trust in God, the Father, the Maker of all?

Yes, I believe and trust in Him

Do you believe and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ, who died that we may be forgiven of our sins and grow in holiness and prayerfulness?

Yes, I believe and trust in Him

Do you believe and trust in His Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, who prompts us to love, worship and serve the Living God?

Yes, I believe and trust in Him.

This is the Faith of the Church.

This is our Faith. We believe and trust in One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Will you gladly obey the Commandments of God and seek His will in your daily life?

With God’s help, I will

May Almighty God, who has given you the will to do all these things, empower you by His spirit to perform them, that He may complete in your life His saving work and forgiveness, healing and love, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.                                                                         Amen

Please Sit


Please Kneel or Sit

Prayers of intercession

Please Stand

Peace:   The peace of the Lord be always with you.
                 And also with you

Please Kneel or Sit

Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindness to us and to all people.  We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; and above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace and for the hope of glory.

And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but with our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory, world without end.                                                                            Amen

The Lord’s Prayer:   

As our Saviour Christ has commanded and taught us, we are bold to say:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done;  on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.


The Communion  

Please wait to be directed to the altar, 
and use the hand sanitiser on your way there and back.

Post-Communion prayer:  
God of Life.

Who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to death on the Cross, and by his glorious resurrection have delivered us from the power of our enemy:

Grant us so to die daily to sin,

That we may evermore live with him; in the joy of his risen life:

Through Jesus Christ our Lord


Please Stand

The peace of God which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always.


Recessional Hymn:    Thine Be the Glory

(please do not sing but if you wish hum)

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

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son
Endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won

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.

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, thou o’er death hast won.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 

In the name of Christ.                                        Amen