The Hope We Need
The Hope We Need

The Hope We Need

Christ is Risen!

Welcome to your online worship for Easter Day, April 9, 2023.

God Bless you and all who you care about on this wonderful day we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. I pray that your journey through the season of Lent has been fruitful spiritually for you.

I would like to express my gratitude to all who have helped and supported our parish and the community through Lent and Holy Week. You have helped us to proclaim Christ by our words and deeds.

Today’s Opening Sentence

“Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast.” – 1 Corinthians 5.7–8

Today’s Reading – Matthew 28:1-10

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 worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”1

Your Online Message and Prayers

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Reflection questions for the week: 

  • Hope has been a very precious commodity in the last three years. What new or renewed hopes have you felt recently in your life?
  • We have spent much of Lent reflecting on Jesus’ power restore people back into community. In what ways have you felt restored, or seen others around you restored back into community?
  • When the ground beneath us is literally or figuratively shaken, we are changed. What recent changes do you celebrate? Which recent changes do you grieve?
  • Are there ways that you could be a source of hope for someone that you know; family, friend, or neighbour? We each can act as a messenger of Good News and hope. How might you bring hope to others?

This week music is provided by Ryan Van Dijk, our Music Director, and our choir. Thank you Ryan and our choir!

A continued reminder that if you are at all uncomfortable being in-person for worship, or if you are not feeling well, please join us here online.

Thank you again for joining with your parish family in our online worship today.

Find out how you can support our ministry and good work in the community here.

God Bless you and have a blessed week. Be well!


The Rev’d Canon Rob Park

  1. Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.