Easter Sunrise Service 7.30am 5 Apr 2015

GATHERING:
The long day stretched into night
and time crept onward towards a new day.
With the first gold of dawn came a resurrection,
a new hope that grew with the rising sun,
and went out to a waiting world.
We seek life’s meaning in the wonder of this morning.
Yet still we hope for something more,
a break in the ordinary,
an infusion of the unexpected,
an explosion of glory,
a miracle, revealing more
than we could ever hope to understand.

RECOGNISING THE SACRED
As we gather together in this season of Autumn and change,
let us also recognise that we gather
in the presence of the Spirit and Source of Life.
We look to the south, the direction of winter
and the element of earth, for blessing.
The gift of the south is mystery,
for it speaks of the unknown, the unseen.
We look to the east, the direction of the rising sun,
the season of spring and the element of air, for blessing.
The gift of the east is truth,
for it speaks of the breath of new life on earth.
We look to the north, the season of summer
and the element of water, for blessing.
The gift of the north is love,
speaking of the power of strength in adversity.
We look to the west, the place of the setting sun,
the season of autumn and the element of fire, for blessing.
The gift of the west is both beauty and awe,
bringing peace and serenity, reaching into the soul.

The Candle is lit

PRAYER: Today we celebrate: new life, new joy…

SUNG RESPONSE: Refrain of WOV 674(ii)
Alleluia Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord, alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

READING: From Luke 24:1-12, and Symbols of Resurrection

SUNG RESPONSE: Alleluia Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord, alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

PRAYER – POEM: Easter is Breaking

SUNG RESPONSE: Alleluia Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord, alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

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