Easter Sunday Service 20 April 2014

There was a Service held on Easter Sunday 20th April 2014 in Philimore Hall, Radlett at 11am.

2012-04-21 George Henderson introducing worshipGeorge Henderson began the service by reading John 24:1-9. When the women found the tomb was empty they told the eleven and the rest that Christ had risen.

The Opening Prayer was give by James Esom.

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1 – Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Hymn 2 – Thine be the Glory

 

There was a Children’s Presentation with Irene Wilson leading the children as they each read part of a poem.
Children dramatize scripture
Hymn 3 – Rejoice, Rejoice
During the next hymn, an Offering was taken up.
Hymn 4 – He is Risen
Bill Wilson then gave Thanks for the Offering and asked God to bless it.

Hymn 5 – In the Tomb so Cold
Hymn 6 – The Strife is O’er
The Sermon
The Message was given by  Olivier Carion. Even after years of war and hardship, many countries such as Rwanda still live in hope of peace. Only in Christ is there hope. You may have seen the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark“. They were seeking the Ark of the Covenant. Only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies once a year where the ark was. Hebrews 9 lists the items in the ark. On top of the ark was the mercy seat where God would meet and talk to Moses, Exodus 25:10-22. People have rebelled and rejected God’s standards, but he put in place a programme of reconcilliation. Jesus is our mercy seat. The blood of animals cannot reconcile us to
God. God sees the blood of Jesus and that redeems us. God does not want us to focus on our sins. Jesus is our rock and our righteousness. We celebrate the resurrection because it is the central message of the Gospel, Colossians 1:9-17. In 1 Peter 1:1-5, we read that we have been sprinkled with the blood of Christ, and have a living hope through his resurrection. When Christ died, God tore the curtain in the Holy of Holies from top to bottom. We can all now have access to God. We become a new creation and now reconciled to God, 11 Corinthians 5:17.

The Final Hymn was See What a Morning after which the Closing Prayer was given by Peter Beardsmore, who also gave thanks and asked a blessing on the lunch and fellowship that followed.

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