Easter Sunday Service

Our Easter Sunday Services are 630am and 930am Only.

Here are the words for our 630am service so that you can follow on your cell phone or tablet.  We will also print some copies for the 'grown ups' :)

Table View Methodist
Easter Sunday
Sunrise Service

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Sunrise Service


Welcome to our celebration of the resurrection.  We welcome you in the name of Jesus which means that no matter who you are - or where you are in your faith and life journey you are welcome here; because Jesus welcomes you.

The service will be conducted in English, isiXhosa and some other languages.  This is a sign of our unity under Christ being united in different languages is an act of worship in itself.  At some points in the service you might not understand the words, prayers or hymns - in those moments lift up your personal prayers to God.  

At other points there is translation provided - sing along, hum along, use your imagination to help you enter into the worship.

Songs of Praise (6h30am)

He’s got the whole world in His hands.
He’s got the little tiny baby…
He’s got you and me brother…
He’s got you and me sister…
He’s got everybody here…
He’s got the wind and the rain…
He’s got the sun and the moon…

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel, no! I’m gonna let it shine.
Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine ‘till Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine.

Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning
Give me oil in my lamp I pray.
Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning,
Keep me burning ‘till the break of day.

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
Sing Hosanna to the King of kings.

Give me joy in my heart keep me praising. etc.
Give me peace in my heart keep me resting. etc.
Give me love in my heart keep me serving. etc.

As’ amben ‘somdumisa
Un’ Amandl’ u Jesu Wam’
Let us go and praise the Lord
What a mighty God we serve.

Morning has broken
Like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing
Fresh from the Word

Sweet the rain's new fall
Sunlit from heaven
Like the first dew fall
On the first grass
Praise for the sweetness
Of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness
Where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight
Mine is the morning
Born of the one light
Eden saw play
Praise with elation
Praise ev'ry morning
God's recreation
Of the new day

Opening Prayer

What are we to make of this day?
When graves are opened...
When the dead awaken...
When life refuses to be contained...
Then nothing is impossible! Hope is never extinguished
and love is never conquered.
We celebrate You today, Jesus, Because You have made it clear that death does not have the last word; Because You have filled us again with hope and faith; Because You have given us a vision of new possibilities, new realities, and new ways of being.

Open our minds to believe what we cannot explain; Open our hearts to hope for what we cannot see; Open our lives to live and to love in the midst of death and despair; Let resurrection happen again in us today. Amen.

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said: 'Peace be with you!'
Then they were glad when they saw the Lord.

Alleluia! The peace of the risen Christ be always with you.

And also with you. Alleluia!
(Please welcome those around you.)

Opening Hymn

Yimini yeSabata
Yimini yeSabatha,
Yimini eyingcwele,
Ma ndithi nam KuThixo wam
Ndiguqe, ndisondele.
1 We praise you on this Sabbath Day
We celebrate in Holiness,
We will praise the Lord in heaven.
Bowing down in love and praise.
2 Yimini yeSabatha,
Yemvuko ekufeni;
InKosi Yam,UmFeli wam,
Waphuma enchwabeni.
2 We praise you on this Sabbath Day,
Glorious resurrection day.
Death defeated, sins forgiven;
Jesus rose up from the grave.

6 A! Nkosi yeSabatha!
Ndisekho emhlabeni,
Lithemba lam,
Ndonyuka nam,
Ndingen' endumisweni.
6 Hail the King is crowned today!
I will live to worship him.
I will sing to God in heaven
Celebrate His Victory.

Scripture Dramatization

Mark 16:1-3

Narrator:  After the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus.  Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way there they said to one another:

“Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”
(Manyano’s etc. head towards the memorial garden.)

Narrator: When they reached the tomb, they looked up and saw that the stone had already been rolled back.  So they entered the tomb, where they saw a young man sitting on the right, wearing a white robe - and they were alarmed.

Waiting for News of the Resurrection

Kum-ba-ya my Lord, kum-ba-ya x3
Oh Lord, kum-ba-ya
Someone’s singing Lord x3
Someone’s laughing Lord x3
Someone’s crying Lord x3
Someone’s praying Lord x3
Someone’s sleeping Lord x3

Resurrection Celebration

Actors return with torches / cell phone lights / candles singing, get the people to stand and join and celebrate:

Ukristu uvukile - Hallelujah
(Christ is risen, Hallelujah!)

Christ the Lord is risen today,
Sons of men and angels say:
Raise your joys and triumphs high!
Sing ye heavens and earth reply:
2 Uvukile inkosi Yesu
Wawuphuma encwabeni
Wawuvuka ngobukhosi
Akwahlala ekufeni

3 Lives again our glorious King.
Where O death is now thy sting?
Dying once He all doth save.
Where thy victory boasting grave.

3 Yesu, siyakudumisa
Ngoku kufa wakufayo;
Zonk' iintshaba wazoyisa
Ngaloo mini wavukayo.

4 Love's redeeming work is done.
Fought the fight the battle won.
Death in vain forbids Him rise.
Christ hath opened paradise.

5 Aze athi ngomhla waKho,
Oya kuwavusa ngawo,
Abe secaleni laKho,
Eve ukuyola nawo.
5 Soar we now where Christ hath led.
Following our exalted Head.
Made like Him like Him we rise.
Ours the cross the grave the skies.

6 Vain the stone the watch the seal.
Christ hath burst the gates of hell.
Death in vain forbids him rise.
Christ hath opened paradise.

Scripture Dramatization Continues

John 20:2 (Abridged and adapted)

Mary Magdalene went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them:
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they have put him!”

They stood there puzzled about this, when suddenly two men in bright shining clothes stood by them:
Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive?  He is not here; he has been raised.  
Remember what he said to you while he was in Galilee:
The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and three days later rise to life!

But the apostles thought that what the women said was nonsense, and they did not believe them.  But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; he bent down and saw the linen wrappings but nothing else.  Then he went back home amazed at what had happened.

Siyakudumisa Thixo (Te Deum)

This is a hymn of the church from the fourth century; it incorporates the Apostle’s Creed into an act of worship.  As you read and sing through this song you should be able to imagine some of the heavenly scenes described in the book of Revelation.  The chant is a little bit tricky if you’re not used to it - but you should also be able to sing along in English.  The prayer is in three parts:  In praise of the Trinity, in Praise of Christ, and finally, Prayers of intercession.

In Praise of the Trinity

(Please Stand)
Siya Kudumisa | Thixo!:
Almighty God we | praise You!
Siya kuvuma u|kuba unguYehova.
We confess you |to be our Lord Jehovah.
Umhlaba wonke | ubedesha Wena:
The whole Earth worships you | eternal Father.
UYise ongunaphakade.
Everlasting Father God eternal.
Zonke iingelosi zim|emeza kuwe:
To thee all angels sing | aloud in heaven:
Kwa nezulu naw|o onke amandla akulo.
All the heavenly pow|ers bow down to you O Lord.
Likerubime, neserafime:
The Cherubim, and Seraphim:
Zimana zimemeza kuwe.
Sing out in everlasting praise.
Uyingcwele, uyingcwele, uyingcwele:
You are Holy, You are holy, You are holy.
Yehova, Thixo wemikhosi.
Jehovah, King above all Kings.
Izulu lizele, kwa nomhlaba:
The heavens are full, and all the earth:
bubukhulu bob|ungcwalisa baKho.
of Your great - | and Your majestic glory.
Umhlambi obungcwalisa | wabapostile:
The glorious company | of the apostles:
uya |kudumisa.
sing in | endless praise.
Amakholwane | amahle aabaprofeti:
The good fellowship | of all the prophets.
aya |kudumisa.
sing in |endless praise.
Umkhosi odumileyo |wabafele Wena:
The noble army |of Your martyrs:
aya |kudumisa.
sing in |endless praise.
iRemente engcwele |kulo lonke ilizwe:
Throughout the world |Your church universal.
iya |kuvuma.
your na-me |proclaims.
The Father:
obukhulu |bungenambaliso;
The great Father |of majesty unbounded;
UNyana wakho emnye:
The Son the one and only:
odumileyo, |oyiNene;
worthy |of all worship;
Kwa noMoya oyiNgcwele:
And the Spirit, the Holy Spirit:
our-helper |and our guide.

In Praise of Christ:

UnguKumkani |wobungcwalisa:
Alone you are |the king of glory:
Wena |Kristu!
You alone are |Christ!
Wena unguNya|na ongunaphakade:
And You are |the ete-rnal Son:
O-o-o-of the Father.
Uthe Wena wakunyula umsebenzi
And when you came
wo|kusindisa abantu:
|to save your people,
akwasidela isiza|lo sentombi.
You did not despise |the Virgin’ womb.
Uthe wakuba weyisile
And you overcame
ubukhali bokufa:
the sting of death:
wavulela bonke abakholwayo
and opened to all who believe
ubu|Kumkani bezulu.
|the kingdom of heaven.
Wena uhleli ngase|kunene kuThixo:
And you sit at the right-hand |of the Father:
ebungcwaliseni | boYihlo.
In the glory | of the Father.
Siya kholwa |ukuba woza:
We believe |that you will come:
ube nguMgwebi wethu.
and you will be our judge.
Siya |kuthandaza ngoko, siza izi|caka zakho:
We pray |to you, to come and to |help your people:
ozithengileyo ngegazi |laKho elinqabileyo.
Whom You have redeemed |with your precious blood.
Zenze ukuba zibalwe ndawo-nye |nabangcwele bakho:
And bring them at last with Your saints |to dwell in heaven:
ebungcwalis|eni obungunaphakade.
In glory | e-e-everlasting.

Prayers of Intercession

Nkosi! Sindisa abantu baKho:
Lord! Have mercy save your people:
uthamsanqelise ilifa laKho.
Bless and preserve Your adopted children.
Baphathe, ubaphakamise: kude kube ngunaphakade.
Govern and uphold them: now and always, now and always.
Thina, imihla ngemihla: sikwenza mkhulu Wena.
Now and for ever, and ever: we magnify Your name.
Sihlala sibedesha igama laKho: kude kube ngunaphakade.
We bow down and worship Your holy name:  Forever and ever always Amen.
Sincede nkosi!: usilondoloze ngale mini singabi nasoono.
Help us O Lord! Lead us not into temptation.
Nkosi, z’usiphathe ngetaru: z’usiphathe ngetaru.
Lord, have mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us.
Nkosi! Itaru lakho ma lihle phezu kwethu:
Lord show us Your love and your mercy:
nje ngokuba ithemba lethu likuwe.
We entrust our souls to you.
Nkosi! Ndithembe Wena:
O Lord! My hope is in You:
ma ndingaze ndidaniswe.
let me not be dismayed.

Scripture Reading

Colossians 3:1-4 and 12-17

Sermon - Rev Angus Kelly


God, resurrection is not what we expect in our world. On the face of things, life seems to be under threat...               
our earth is grieving, our families are fracturing, our nations are at war, and the light of our hope is growing dim.                   
We need the stone to be rolled away again.

Forgive us and all who have failed to honour and preserve life in all its diversity and glory. Forgive us and all who have allowed relationships to become less important than riches or recognition. Forgive us and all who continue to exalt our needs and desires over those of others, and who are prepared to kill to prove it. Forgive us and all who have grown blind to all the signs of resurrection that beckon us still.
We need the stone to be rolled away again. We need life to break out within us again. We need love to consume us again. Resurrect us today, O Lord, and make us agents of Your life wherever dying and grief hold sway.                       
For Jesus’ sake.

The Lord's Prayer

We pray together as Jesus has taught us to pray:
Bawo wethu osezulwini! Ma liphathwe ngobungcwele igama lakho.
(Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.)
Ubukumkani bakho ma bufike. Intando yakho ma yenziwe emhlabeni, Nje ngokuba isenziwa ezulwini.
(Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.)
Ma usiphe namhla nje isonka sethu semihla ngemihla. Usixolele izoono zethu, Nje ngokuba nathi sibaxolela aabo basonayo thina.
(Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us.)
Ungasingenisi ekuhendweni; Sisindise enkohlakalweni.
(And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.)
Ngokuba ubukumkani bubobakho, Namandla engawakho, Nobungcwalisa bubobakho, Kude kube ngunaphakade.
(For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.)

Song & Offering

(During the singing of this hymn the stewards will take up the collection.)

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Through many dangers toils and snares
I have already come
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home

When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun

Easter Communion

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!
Let's celebrate this irrepressible life;
let's open our hearts to the joy and wonder of infinite possibility,
of unquenched hope, of eternal resurrection.   
We celebrate, we raise our voices and our hearts in worship and thanksgiving to the God who lives.

Resurrection happened because Christ was first prepared to die. Defying death, He refused to release His hold on life and love.
So now, as He encouraged us, we choose to remember so that we too can truly live.

At supper on the night before He died Jesus took bread and blessed it. Then He broke it and gave it to His disciples saying:
This is my body, broken so that you may know life. Eat it and remember Me.
After the meal Jesus took wine and blessed it. Then He gave it to His disciples saying:
This is my blood, shed so that you may know life. Drink it and remember Me.           

So, now, Lord of Life, we share in this meal, we celebrate together, and we remember You.  And we will continue to do this until resurrection has flooded the whole creation.   
And so, through the power of Your Holy Spirit may this bread and this wine become for us in this moment your life-giving body and blood, And may we who share this meal, be joined with you, and with one another, as one body united in resurrection life,
and sharing with all of creation in your eternal salvation.       
As we break this bread, we receive Christ's life In all our diversity, in all our individuality, as we share this one loaf we are one.

(All are welcome to receive communion at the Lord’s Table; if you love Jesus and are willing to receive his forgiveness    Jesus invites you to eat with him.  Come forward to one of the communion stations, receive a small wafer, dip the bottom third of the wafer into the chalice - the steward holding the chalice will say:  
“The body and blood of Christ given for you.”  You respond with: “Amen.”)

We Give Thanks   

We thank You, O God, for Your life, pulsing in creation revealed in Jesus renewed in resurrection and available to us now.
Thank You for touching us again with Your life through bread and wine; For joining our lives with Yours through Jesus; And for renewing resurrection in our hearts through your Holy Spirit.

Filled with life, we now offer ourselves to be life-bringers in the world. Touched by resurrection we pledge to resist death wherever we find it. Filled with hope we embrace the promise of eternity, and the call to make it known at every opportunity.

Through us may graves continue to be opened, And may the dead continue to be awakened to new life. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Thine be the glory
Risen conquering Son
Endless is the victory
Thou o'er death hast won
Angels in bright raiment
Rolled the stone away
Kept the folded grave clothes
Where Thy body lay

Lo Jesus meets us
Risen from the tomb
Lovingly He greets us
Scatters fear and gloom
Let the church with gladness
Hymns of triumph sing
For her Lord now liveth
Death hath lost its sting

No more we doubt Thee
Glorious Prince of life
Life is nought without Thee
Aid us in our strife
Make us more than conquerors
Through Thy deathless love
Lead us in Thy triumph
To Thy home above.


We pray for each other as we say:
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all now and forever more.

Departing Hymn

1 Ndikhokhele, O Yehova!
Ndingumhambi nKosi yam;
Unamandla: andinawo,
Onobuthathaka ndim.
O mSindisi!
NguWe olikhaka lam.
1 Guide me O thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand:
Bread of heaven!
Feed me now and evermore.

2 Lowo mthombo wosindiso
Owavulwa ngenxa yam;
Ma uvele umpompze
Uzihlamb' izoono zam.
O mSindisi!
NguWe oluncedo lwam.
2 Open Thou the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream shall flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong Deliverer!
Be Thou still my help and shield.

3 Ndifikile eJordane,
Susa izoyiko zam;
Z'undikhaphe, se ndiwela:
Yiba ungumNcedi wam.
O mSidisi!
NguWe olithemba lam.
3 When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side:
Songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee.

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