This liturgy centres on the Song of Creation in Genesis 1 and celebrates the great work of God in creating the universe - and in creating us. We actually used it as an Evening Prayer on the 5th Sunday in Lent, but on re-visiting it, thought it would work even better at Easter. Easter marks the moment when we remember that, in raising Jesus, God did something new - and, through Christ, we too become new creations.
The liturgy could be used as part of a
night-long Easter Vigil.
Allow pauses so that people can absorb the words and images.
Depending on the weather in your part of the world, and numbers attending, you could take the next part of the Liturgy outside. Light the Easter Fire and gather round it to share the Old Testament stories of salvation - tune into the generations of wandering people who told the same stories under different skies around different campfires - but who knew the same God.
If the Vigil is to continue all night, choose Scripture stories - testimonies - music - poetry to lead people through the story of salvation. In the darkness, remind people of the events of Holy Week - rather like the first disciples who gathered to share their memories during that long Sabbath day and night.
Write your community's Gospel: the
"evangelist" comes to visit and asks - which stories about this man Jesus should
be remembered? If appropriate, people could tell the story themselves - and, if they wish,
explain why it means so much to them. (We tried this at one of our Journey of Faith
meetings and on a Retreat Day - and found it to be a very fruitful exercise... though not
all the participants wanted to share their reasons - we had made it clear that this was
As dawn approaches, use the Opening Responses (again - if this has been an all-night Vigil) -then read the Gospel story of the Resurrection. If you are blessed with a good sunrise, you may wish simply to gaze at the glory of the new day emerging - or sing an alleluia! It may be that your community includes people who play native/ traditional instruments who may be able to draw on their own tradition for music to welcome the dawn.