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you left the grave,
walked in the garden,
revealed yourself to Mary,
came to your disciples.
Death could not hold you,
evil was overcome,
the prince of darkness defeated;
the Father had acted
through his eternal Son.
Your disciples seeing you,
believed, understood and obeyed,
You gave them your Spirit,
the Holy One,
and they made you known.
Generations upon generation
know you never change.
Your love still reaches out.
Your crucifixion and resurrection
still restore our inheritance.
Your light pierces our darkness,
your truth makes us whole,
your love bursts into our lives,
your joy fills our needy souls,
because we know you are alive.
you are alive!
You are alive!
Pamela Wilding, English minister who served in Kenya
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the disciples were together,
with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders,
Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.
The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Again Jesus said,
“Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
And with that he breathed on them and said,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.”