The Resurrection of our Lord
He is not here:
for He is risen, as He said
Matthew 28:6 (KJV)
Virtual Easter Worship
April 12, 2020 | 10 am
PRELUDE Crown Him with Many Crowns
MUSIC: George Elvey, arranged by Brad Thoreson
CHIMING OF THE HOUR
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed!
Glory and honor, dominion and power, be to God for ever and ever!
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
TEXT: Stanzas 1-3, Lyra Davidica, 1708; stanza 4, Charles Wesley, 1740
MUSIC: EASTER HYMN; Lyra Davidica, 1708; adapt. from The Compleat Psalmodist, 1749
The Lord be with you!
And also with you!
Let us pray together:
Awesome and loving God, in the brightness of morning light, open our eyes to the glory of Christ's resurrection. Open our ears to the call of our name. Open our hearts to the joy of forgiveness and new, abundant life. We praise you for gathering us together, even in our own homes, and we worship you in spirit and in truth. We pray, and we worship, in the name of the One who destroyed the power of death itself, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen!
RESURRECTION PROCLAMATION John 20:1-18 (NSRV)
20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.
11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look[a] into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew,[b] “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
SPECIAL MUSIC Fairest Lord Jesus
MUSIC: Silesian folk melody; Schlesische Volkslieder, 1842; arranged by David Huntsinger
MESSAGE From Death to Life
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
TEXT: Edmond Louis Budry, 1884; trans. R. Birch Hoyle, 1923, alt.
MUSIC: JUDAS MACCABEUS, George Frederick Handel, 1748
BLESSING AND BENEDICTION
Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, live in peace and joy, assured of God's redeeming power in Christ Jesus our Lord! Amen!
POSTLUDE The Day of Resurrection!
MUSIC: Henry Thomas Smart, c. 1835, arranged by Jeremy Petermann