The Easter vigil was punctuated by specific acts of gathering for prayer. We began with a liturgy at 10:30pm, then gathered again at midnight, 2am and 4am. Sarah wrote this for our midnight gathering, and she has agreed for me to share it.
Easter Vigil 2008. Walking
into the night.
music as we enter
We see the coming of the night
We acknowledge the darkness which surrounds us
We look towards the dawn which will break through the shadows
But for now, we enter into the night
Let us pray:
Jesus our saviour,
you went knowingly into the city
you spoke the words which would anger your enemies
you challenged those with the authority to condemn you
you walked the path which would
lead to your suffering and death.
All these things you did willingly,
aware of the pain and anguish they would lead to
but also knowing the light which would follow,
which would transform you,
and the world you came to save.
God of the darkness, who created
both night and day,
be with us till morning
Music: I promise you.
Show of Hands
I promise you, light returning
I promise you, hope reborn.
I promise you gentle morning,
I promise you, new dawn
But first, we must bear the winter
...the rain and the gales, the frost and the hails,
the hard biting nails of winter
With our eyes open to the failing
with our faces turned towards the setting sun
with our steps guided by your presence with us
We follow you into the night
Knowing the hard times we will face
aware of the struggles that will come our way
accepting the loneliness which will follow
We walk with you into the darkness
We stand poised on the edge of the darkness
Knowing and fearing what is to come
Daring to hope for the morning
Scared to step out into the emptiness
And as we are here, you go before us,
and beckon us to follow.
Jesus who was lost and found in the garden,
never to be lost again,
Stand by us in the darkness of our crucifixions,
as those who loved you stood by you.
Die and rise with us in the suffering of the world.
Be reborn with us as love and hope and faith and endurance
outlast cruelty and death
The angels of God guard us through the night,
and quieten the powers of darkness
The spirit of God be our guide
and lead us to peace and glory
Closes in silence. Please leave when you are ready