12th April

Week 4 Study

during the Coronavirus pandemic

Call and response

Christ is risen!


The Lord is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Prayer of Praise

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.



10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
11Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’

‘They have taken my Lord away,’ she said, ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’ 14 At this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.’

16 Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’

She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means ‘Teacher’).

17 Jesus said, ‘Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’ And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Listening and doing
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.

26Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

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Shared Study

  1. On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the triumph, after all the hardship of the cross! Sin defeated. Forgiveness and life everlasting bought for us by His death. A humble, Saviour now exalted, risen to be our King for all time! Hallelujah 😊

    The book of James is very much about putting our faith into action and Mary has to do this too. She finds Jesus alive, all she wants to do is hug him and stay with him. Being with Jesus is important, but something else is too. What call to action does Jesus give her?

  2. James 1:21 James says ‘Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent’. Without Jesus, this could never be possible. How does Jesus’ death and resurrection help us to do this?

  3. Verses 23-25 talk about looking in a mirror and then leaving it and immediately forgetting what your face looks like! He warns we should look ‘intently into the perfect law that gives freedom’ continually and not forget. What part of the Easter story must we keep remembering and how does it give us freedom?

  4. What practical ways does James suggest our newfound freedom, should be visible in our actions?


Dear Lord Jesus, we praise you that you gave yourself to die for us. We remember now the path of the cross. (Pause)

We are sorry for our own part in the sin and selfishness of the world, you are so gracious to take our punishment for us.

We worship you now, risen in amazing power. Let us see in you the hope of life beyond the grave for all of us. Give us your perspective we ask Lord.

We pray you would lead us (even when we are isolated) to speak with others about you, and that you would lead many more to the joy of knowing you.


Offer to God your own:

  • TSP (teaspoon prayers!) for yourself - Thank you, Sorry, Please

Prayers for other people


May the celebration of resurrected life bring new hope to your being.

May the victory over earthly death turn your eyes to the promises of heaven.

May the empty tomb help you to leave your sorrows at the foot of the cross.

So that God's hope, promises and forgiveness reign in your life forever.


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