‘See what a morning!’ The Triangle was alive with the glory and wonder of the risen Lord as we celebrated Easter Sunday.
Rev Hilary focused our minds on how the empty tomb changes everything. The cross is stripped of the symbols of betrayal, suffering and death and adorned with flowers in their place.
We sing Hymn 298 Christ the Lord is risen today and Joel and Nathaniel share the card they have created to celebrate Easter Sunday. Brian’s prayers of adoration, praise and thanks appeal for the power and significance of the risen Lord to continue to inspire us. The choir sings joyfully for us, ‘See what a morning.’
Rev Hilary continues the theme of Heroes and thanks Ian Read as her nominated hero for Bolton this week in recognition of his gallant ‘rant’ against irresponsible fire-starting across the town centre.
Chloe and Nathaniel read from the Gospel – Luke 24:1-12 and Rev Hilary introduces Jesus as our Super Hero before she invites the youngsters to take part in a three-part Easter Egg Hunt. We sing with gusto Hymn 351 In Christ Alone.
The eggs that the children find are, to their amazement, devoid of chocolatey contents to symbolise the empty tomb, but filled with chicks representing the new life we find in Jesus Christ. We each receive a sunflower seed to pot and grow and make crosses out of pipe cleaners, the gift of new life in Jesus who loves us all. The children sing ‘We have a king who rides on a donkey’ and we follow on with Hymn 305 Low in the grave he lay.
Prayers of intercession led by Denis focus our hearts on the suffering world, the need for dialogue, acceptance and peace, and for the power of Jesus to work amongst us all to help us make right decisions. Our service ended with Hymn 313 Thine be the Glary as we followed the flower laden cross to the foyer to share with everyone outside.
Christ the Lord is risen today, alleluia!
Kindly written by Steph Shipley