Cruden Parish Church
(Church of Scotland)

Easter Sunday

10.00am, Sunday 4 April 2021

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Welcome & Call to Worship

Minister: My friends, last Christmas, we heard how startled shepherds quaked with fear, when an angel of the Lord announced, I have good news of great joy! Today, we again hear words uttered by angels – this time to startled women who found an empty tomb.  “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; He has risen!

Today is the day of resurrection.

ALL: For the pulse of life is stronger than the crush of death.

WOMEN:The rising of the dawn is louder than the roll of stone.

MENThe folding of grave-clothes is noisier than the hammer of nails

MINISTER: And the shout of alleluia is more enduring than the shout of crucify.

WOMEN: The belief of Mary is greater than the sentence of Pilate.

MEN: The surprise of the disciples is more telling than the torture of the guards.

MINISTER: The silence of Sunday is louder than the clamour of Friday.

ALLAnd the shout of alleluia is more enduring than the shout of crucify.

Let us worship God

Hymn 410:   Jesus Christ is risen today

  1. Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
    our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
    who did once upon the cross Alleluia!
    suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

  2. Hymns of praise then let us sing Alleluia!
    unto Christ our heavenly King, Alleluia!
    who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
    sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

  3. For 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!

Prayers of Approach & Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever.

Bible Reading:  Luke 24: 1-12  

 Jesus Has Risen
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Sermon:  Good news is coming!

Church News

Prayers of Intercession

Hymn:  Low in the grave he lay

  1. Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Saviour,
    Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
    Up from the grave he arose;
    With a mighty triumph o'er his foes;
    He arose a victor from the dark domain,
    And he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
    He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

  2. Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Saviour,
    Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!

  3. Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Saviour;
    He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Closing responses – remember who you are!

When others dismiss your story as an idle tale, who will you be?

Resurrection people with Jesus in our hearts.

When the world seems to be crumbling around you, remember who you are:

Resurrection people with Jesus in our hearts.

When the people we love pass from our sight, remember who you are:

Resurrection people with Jesus in our hearts.

When we draw our final breath and take the first steps into eternity, remember who you are:

Resurrection people with Jesus in our hearts.


Christ was raised from the dead
by the glorious power of the Father.
Set out, then, on a new life with Christ.
And the blessing of God Almighty,
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among you, and remain with you,
now and forever more.

Time for coffee…


We are delighted to announce that public worship restarts next Sunday, 11th April at 10.00 am. (This will still involve social distancing, the wearing of facemasks, no singing, and an enhanced cleaning regime.) The service will also be broadcast live via the Facebook Page and be available for later viewing. If you would like a copy of the Order of Service, which includes the words of the readings, hymns, intimations etc, please contact Sean.

Songs of Praise
As we are unable to sing in church, the Kirk Session has suggested a Zoom ‘songs of praise’ of service to be held after Easter. Please let Sean or Robert know your favourite hymn choices.

Walking for health and well-being
The group meets this coming Tuesday morning at 10.00 am, outside the St Olaf Hotel. Everybody welcome. (In case of inclement weather please check the Facebook page to ensure the group is going ahead!)

Pastoral Care
Please advise the minister if you know of anybody would appreciate a pastoral phone call. Sean can be contacted on 07791 755976 or