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Self-guided worship: April 12th (Easter Sunday)

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Details for April 12th worship

All hymns are from Common Praise (CP) and all videos are courtesy of our organist Sam Tak Ho Tam. We also thank Brian Carr and Howard Cyrus for their recordings of the readings, Deacon Jacquie for her recordings, Audrey Shepherd for reading the Prayers of the People, Rev. Roy for contributing his sermon, and Pastor Pam for officiating the service. 

You can follow along by downloading the Word document:

Opening Hymn: Jesus Christ is Risen Today, CP 203

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!


Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!

Unto Christ our heavenly King, Alleluia!

Who endured the cross and grace, Alleluia!

Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!


But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!

Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!

Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!

Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

Printed text for this hymn is provided by Christian Corporate Licensing International, under CCLI License #11017184, CCLI Song# 2872180. Words: Public Domain, Lyra Davidica, 1708, alt.  Music: Public Domain, Lyra Davidica

Opening Message & Collect: 

Refer to page 1 of the Word document.

A Reading From the Book of Jeremiah: (Read by Brian C.)

Jeremiah 31:1-6

At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus says the Lord: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall take your tambourines, and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers. Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy the fruit. For there shall be a day when sentinels will call in the hill country of Ephraim: "Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God."

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm: Psalm 118: 14-24 (Read by Deacon Jacquie Boutheon)

Pslam 118: 14-24Rev. Canon Deacon Jacquie Boutheon
00:00 / 01:15

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The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.

There is a sound of exultation and victory in the tents of the righteous:

"The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! the right hand of the Lord is exalted! the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

The Lord has punished me sorely, but he did not hand me over to death.

Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord.

"This is the gate of the Lord; he who is righteous may enter."

I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my salvation.

The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.

On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

A Reading from the Book of Acts: (Read by Howard Cyrus)

Acts 10:34-43Howard Cyrus
00:00 / 01:31

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Acts 10: 34-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ - he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gradual Chorus: Alive Forevermore

Alive, alive, alive forevermore
My Jesus is alive, alive forevermore
Alive, alive, alive forevermore
My Jesus is alive

Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah
My Jesus is alive forevermore
Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah
My Jesus is alive! 

Alive, alive, alive forevermore
My Jesus is alive, alive forevermore
Alive, alive, alive forevermore
My Jesus is alive

Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah
My Jesus is alive forevermore
Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah
My Jesus is alive!

Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10 (Read by Deacon Jacquie Boutheon)

Easter Day GospelRev. Canon Deacon Jacquie Boutheon
00:00 / 01:47

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Reader             The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Reader             The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (28:1-10)

People             Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.' This is my message for you." So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me." 


Reader             The Gospel of Christ.

People             Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon: Rev. Roy Shepherd

Easter Sunday- Rev. Roy Shepherd

April 12th, 2020

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Hymn: The Day of Resurrection, CP 205

The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad,

The Passover of gladness, the Passover of God!

From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,

Our Christ has brought us over with hymns of victory.


Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright

The Lord in rays eternal of resurrection light,

And, listening to his accents, may hear so calm and plain

His own “All hail” and, hearing, may raise the victor strain.


Now let the heavens be joyful, let earth her song begin;

The round world keep high triumph, and all that is therein.

Let all things seen and unseen their notes of gladness blend,

For Christ the Lord is risen, our joy that hath no end.

Printed text for this hymn is provided by Christian Corporate Licensing International, under CCLI License #11017184, CCLI Song# 2309598. Words: Public Domain, by John of Damascus, tr. J.M. Neale. Music: Public Domain, Melody Gesangbuch, Württemburg, 1784.

The Apostles Creed:

Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say,

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People: (Read by Audrey Shepherd)

Almighty God, on this day when our Saviour conquered sin and death and all the powers of darkness, we come to you in a world filled with suffering. Be with us now as we offer praise and thanks and supplication, saying:

“God of mercy” with the response “Hear our prayer”.

Creator of the universe, you made everything in all the vast reaches of space, and it was good. You made humankind in your own image, and it was very good. When we used your gift of free will to be hateful and proud and disobedient, you sent your Son to teach us and to die for us. Your compassion is beyond any love we can imagine. We praise your holy name, saying God of mercy – Hear our prayer.


In this time of separation when we must be physically apart from the people we love and the daily life we cherish, we thank you for all the activities we miss now and will know again after this trial is over. We thank you for the gathering together in worship and relaxation, the laughter around dinner tables with guests, the joy of seeing children play in the sunshine, the libraries and theatres that enrich our minds, the simple gestures of love and friendship expressed as we hug or shake hands with one another. Everything beautiful comes from you, Lord, and we thank you. God of mercy – Hear our prayer.


The world is hurting now, dear Lord. There is stress and sorrow everywhere. We know that you sorrow with us. We ask you to ease the troubled hearts of all the people whose lives have been turned upside-down by this terrible disease. We pray for those shattered by the death of loved ones and friends. We pray for children, afraid and unable to understand what has happened to their lives. We pray for older men and women, especially those in nursing homes, helpless before the onslaught of this relentless killer and separated from family that would comfort them..

We pray for all workers using every skill at their command to heal the sick and keep us safe and fed. We lift them up, doctors, nurses, truckers, pharmacists, grocery clerks, police, firefighters – a host of our brothers and sisters risking their lives for us. God of mercy – Hear our prayer.

God of the ages, on Easter Day we recall the last words Jesus said on the cross: “It is finished”. Everything needed for our redemption was accomplished. And he gave up his life, there on the cross, so we might live. But the tomb could not hold him. The grave could not bind him. The darkness could not claim him. He is the Light of the World, and he promised that whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. And so, on this glorious Easter Day, we cry - Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! He is risen indeed! Amen.

Confession & Absolution, The Lord's Prayer, and The Peace:

Refer to pages 4-5 of the Word document.

Closing Prayer & Benediction:

Closing Prayer:


Lord Jesus, on this special Easter morning, when we are isolated from each other, help us to feel that you are very near and very close to us. Give us grace to discover for ourselves that you are not a figure in a book, but that you are a living presence, nearer to us than breathing and closer than hands or feet. Help us to know you as our risen, ever-living, ever-present Lord. This we ask for your love's sake, Amen.

The Benediction:


May the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever, and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Hymn: Jesus Lives! Thy Terrors Now, CP239

Jesus lives! Thy terrors now can no more, O death, appal us.

Jesus lives! By this we know thou, O grace, canst not enthral us.



Jesus lives! Henceforth is death but the gate of life immortal;

This shall calm our trembling breath when we pass its gloomy portal.



Jesus lives! Our hearts know well nought from us his love shall sever;

Life, nor death, nor powers of hell tear us from his keeping ever.


Printed text for this hymn is provided by Common Praise, Copyright 1998 by The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, and reprinted from: Words: Public Domain, by C. Furchtegott Gellert. Music: Public Domain, by Henry J. Gauntlett.

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