Sunrise Service – 12/04/2020

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE

BAPTISM OF MAEVE

Good morning and welcome to our Sunrise Easter Baptism Service. Today we will remember that glorious event, that Jesus Christ, the Son of God is risen.

We come at dawn, before the sun is visible to remember the words from the gospel account, Matthew 28:1-10 of the women who approached the tomb where the body of Jesus was laid,

BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 28:1-10

Jesus Has Risen

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

INTRODUCTION

Therefore, like the women, we celebrate that Jesus is alive, his promises have been fulfilled, Jesus has left the tomb empty, the grave clothes are folded, an angel of the Lord has proclaimed that he is not here but Jesus is alive. Let us leave the tomb in awe and wonder to take the journey of a believer by committing our lives to Jesus the Saviour.

PRAYER

God of all creation,
Today we witness the rising of the sun at dawn.
As it rises new every morning, so you rise with us and for us
every morning bringing about a new day and a new way.
Surround us with your presence and your love and fill our lives with the power of your Spirit. May every day be a new day of following and growing deeper in you.
Amen.

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

WORDS OF REFLECTION

2000 years ago, Jesus Christ, rose from the dead, and through the witness of the women who went to the tomb on that early morning and told the disciples of the Messiah’s resurrection, many came to know the glorious blessings of being a follower of Jesus Christ.
The Spirit came upon many that day and thereafter and filled their hearts with joy. It is because of their testimonies and their ongoing relationship with God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit that we stand gathered here today, to celebrate the baptism of Maeve. Jesus Christ has filled her heart and so we as her family and friends celebrate this wonderful event on this beautiful Autumn morning.

Liana and Gavin many years ago you stood before the church family at Keiraview, in a service of dedication, to commit to discipling your daughter Maeve in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, in the hope that she would one day make a decision to commit her life to following Jesus. Today this day has come because of your faithfulness in sharing your love for Jesus with her. We give thanks to you and pray for the many parents still waiting in hope that their children may make the same commitment.
We gather with family and friends from different locations, via video links, and across the road to celebrate this momentous occasion with you all.

PRESENTATION OF THE CANDIDATE

Kerryn:
Friends, the church council of Keiraview congregation
has received a request for baptism
from Maeve.

This important decision has been prayerfully and carefully considered,
and I am glad to welcome her here today as her support person and on behalf of the church.

Annette:
Maeve, what do you ask of God’s Church?

Meave:
I ask to be baptised into the faith and family of Jesus Christ.

Annette:
Maeve has been called by the Holy Spirit

to claim the faith of Jesus Christ as her own
and, through baptism, to die to sin and rise to newness of life
through a new birth by water and the Spirit.

Maeve, may the Lord open your ears to hear his word
and your mouth to proclaim his praise.

Hear the words of the Lord Jesus Christ:
All authority on heaven and earth
has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptising them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything
that I have commanded you.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Maeve, your parents gave you the name Maeve Esther.
Esther as you know was a strong and courageous woman in the bible who has an entire book dedicated to her story during the time of exile.

During Esther’s’ life, she experienced exile, loss of parents, adoption by a cousin, taken to a foreign King’s palace and it was during this time that Esther found the reason God had given her this role in history.  Esther was uncertain, even afraid but she trusted God and in the wisdom of her cousin Mordecai who said, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Maeve who knows what your future holds but what we do know is that at this time, Jesus is calling you to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to live your days as His child, to know that there will be always be times in your life that Jesus will ask you to do something special for him.
Maeve Esther, you are one amazingly beautiful, intelligent, strong and delightful young girl, and we prayer that you will know and be all that God has called you to be

THE MEANING OF BAPTISM

Baptism is Christ’s gift.
It is the sign by which the Spirit of God
joins people to Jesus Christ
and incorporates them into his body, the Church.

In his own baptism in the Jordan by John,
Jesus identified himself with humanity
in its brokenness and sin;
that baptism was completed in his death and resurrection.
By God’s grace,
baptism plunges us into the faith of Jesus Christ,
so that whatever is his may be called ours.
By water and the Spirit we are claimed as God’s own
and set free from the power of sin and death.

Thus, claimed by God
we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit
that we may live as witnesses to Jesus Christ,
share his ministry in the world and grow to maturity,
awaiting with hope the day of our Lord Jesus.

THE CONFESSION OF FAITH

In baptism,
we are called out of darkness into God’s marvellous light.
In response to the gospel, I ask you:

Maeve, do you repent of your sins?

I repent of my sins.

Maeve, do you turn to Jesus Christ
who has defeated the power of sin and death
and brought us new life?

I turn to Christ.

Maeve, do you commit yourself to God,
trusting in Jesus Christ as Saviour
and in the Holy Spirit
as God’s power and presence along the way?

I commit myself to God.

CONFESSION OF FAITH

Church, let us stand and affirm the faith
into which we were baptised.

The people stand.

Do you believe in God?

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

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

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.

THE BAPTISM

The minister may say:
Maeve, for you Jesus Christ has come,
has lived, has suffered;
for you he endured the agony of Gethsemane
and the darkness of Calvary;
for you he uttered the cry, ‘It is accomplished!’
For you he triumphed over death;
for you he prays at God’s right hand;
for you, Maeve,
even before you were born.
In baptism, the word of the apostle is confirmed:
‘We love, because God first loved us’.

Maeve stands in the pool of water. (wearing three different coloured shirts and swimmer’s underneath)

Maeve, I baptise you
in the name of the Father,
(throw bucket of water over Maeve and she removes black shirt)
and of the Son,
(throw bucket of water over Maeve and remove blue shirt)
and of the Holy Spirit.
(throw bucket of water over Maeve and remove off white shirt)
Amen

Place a white dressing gown or large white towel over Maeve’s shoulders with a cross on the back. The people respond with clapping The minister marks the sign of the cross on the person’s forehead. Olive oil may be used for this purpose.

The minister says:
Maeve, from this day on, the sign of the cross is upon you.

The minister presents the newly-baptised to the congregation saying:
Maeve is now received into the one holy catholic and apostolic Church according to Christ’s command.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

SONG: ‘OPEN UP’ BY THE BRILLIANCE. SUNG BY PHIL & GILL NEWTON

You heard the cry of our hearts
And you came down
Freely you gave us your love
Showing us how

Make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me show love
Where there is darkness let me shine light and
May your love cause us to open up
Cause us to open up our hearts
May your light cause us to shine so bright
That we bring hope into the dark

All that we do without love
It means nothing
Grant us the courage to give
As you’re calling

Make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me show love
Where there is darkness let me shine light and
May your love cause us to open up
Cause us to open our hearts
May your light cause us to shine so bright
That we bring hope into the dark

Hope for the hopeless, your love is
Strength in our weakness, your love is
May we love, as you love
Hope for the hopeless, your love is
Strength in our weakness, your love is
May we love, as you love
(As you can love, oh god)
May we love, as you love
May we love, as you love

MAEVE TO SHARE HER TESTIMONY & RESPONSES

You have been baptised into the faith of Christ,
and are called to the worship, witness and service of God
in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Will you continue in the community of faith,
the apostles’ teaching, the breaking of bread and the prayers?
With God’s help, I will.

Will you proclaim, by word and example,
the good news of God in Christ?
With God’s help, I will.

Will you seek Christ in all people,
and love your neighbour as yourself?
With God’s help, I will.

Will you strive for justice and peace
and respect the dignity of every human being?
With God’s help, I will.

May the God of grace,
who has given us new birth by water and the Spirit,
keep us steadfast in the faith of Christ
and bring us to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Gavin and Liana, Maeve has committed her life to following Jesus Christ and it is with great joy that you are able to witness this special occasion. Maeve is still a young girl who has made a wonderful promise and will need your continued support and guidance.

I ask you to respond to God’s graciousness to Maeve by making these solemn promises:

Will you encourage Maeve’s growth within the Christian community,

continuing to guide and support her through participation in the worship,
nurture and fellowship of the Church to a mature Christian faith?
With God’s help, we will.

Kerryn Morrison, you have been a long-time friend of the family. As Maeve’s Godmother you have watched Maeve grow and develop into the beautiful young lady that stands before you today. You have had a significant role in supporting Maeve and her family and it is a pleasure to have you here today as Maeve’s sponsor for baptism.

I ask you to respond to God’s graciousness to Maeve by making these solemn promises:

Will you encourage Maeve’s growth within the Christian community,

Continuing to guide and support her through participation in the worship,
nurture and fellowship of the Church
to a mature Christian faith?
With God’s help, I will.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

Friends in Christ,
will you promise to maintain a life of worship and teaching,
witness and service
so that he/she/they may grow to maturity in Christ?
With God’s help,
we will live out our baptism
as a loving community in Christ:
nurturing one another in faith,
upholding one another in prayer,
and encouraging one another in service,
until Christ comes.

PRAYER

BAPTISMAL CANDLE

Kerryn:
Maeve, you belong to Christ,
the light of the world.
Let your light so shine before the world
that all may see your good works
and give glory to our Father who is in heaven.

A certificate of baptism is presented.

The sun had brought light into the day, just as Christ has caused light and life to shine forth in Maeve.

Christ is risen, he is risen indeed.
Christ is Risen, he is risen indeed,
Christ is Risen, he is risen indeed.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

For many in our world, the light of Christ is hidden from our eyes. Yet there Christ is, right among us, we just need to look and find the one who calls us to be with him, now and for eternity.
I leave you with the end of the Easter story as recorded in Matthew

BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 28:11-20

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

DISMISSAL

Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the faint-hearted;
support the weak;
help the afflicted;
honour all people;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

To conclude our celebration of Maeve’s baptism, Liana has prepared a video of sunrises to reflect the new day that dawn each and every day. Take time to watch the link that shows us how God brings hope into our world, each and every day.

We hope you have fun joining together for your Easter traditions be that an Easter Egg Hunt or delicious hot cross buns.

Let us celebrate, Jesus Christ risen and take time today to reflect on the wonderful story of the risen Christ and how this impacts our lives, now and forever.

Please join us for our Easter Communion Service online at 9am.