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2Corinthians 5:14-17

Paul reminds the Corinthians that Christ’s death has given humanity a new way of looking at life. In him, all things are made new.

For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

John 20:1-2,11-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’

 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Next Sunday’s Readings

1Peter 4:12-19

John 16:29-33

Collect

Collect

Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven

and became poor for our sake:

when we are prosperous save us from pride,

when we are poor save us from despair,

that we may trust in you alone;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The Prayer after Communion:

Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands that have taken holy things;

may the ears which have heard your word

be deaf to clamour and dispute;

may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit;

may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love

shine with the light of hope;

and may the bodies which have been fed with your body

be refreshed with the fullness of your life;

glory to you for ever. 

 

Please remember in your prayers this week:

If you wish to add someone you know to the prayer list, please check with them first, as a matter of courtesy.

Members of our congregations unable to attend today.

Those who are sick or suffering: especially  Philip Brown, Russell Butler and those known to you.

The recently bereaved, especially the families and friends of Henry Burtonshaw, Freddy Harrison and Godfrey Phillips.

Please pray for a group of young people from the Patna diocese who are in Dumka jail accused of preaching the Gospel in their village.

Kalen Ayres, being Christened in St.Oswald’s today.

James Hollingsworth & Victoria Peel, whose wedding is in St.Peter’s next Friday.


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