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Easter Sunrise Service April 20, 2014

Celebration of  Worship

Resurrection Day Sunrise                  April 20, 2014

 

*** Entering Into God’s Presence ***

 

PRELUDE                              

 

GREETING:     (Read responsively)

    WOMEN: The stone is rolled away!

    MEN: Christ is risen!

    WOMEN:  The tomb is empty!

    MEN: Christ is risen!

     WOMEN: The angel said, “Christ is not here; He is risen!”

    MEN: Christ is risen, indeed!

 

PRAYER of ADORATION     (Read responsively)

Glory to You, O God: on this day You won victory over death,

Raising Jesus from the grave and giving us eternal life.

Glory to You, O Jesus: for us and for our salvation You overcame death,

and opened the way to eternal life.

Glory to You, O Holy Spirit: You lead us into the truth.

Glory to You, O Blessed Trinity, now and forever. Amen.

 

* HYMN        “The Day of Resurrection”         Blue Book # 118

 

PSALTER READING    Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

1Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 2Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

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14The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. 15Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous:  "The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, 16the right hand of the Lord exalts, the right hand of the Lord  does valiantly!" 17I shall not die, but I shall live, and  recount the deeds of the Lord. 18The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 21I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 22The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 

* GOSPEL READING      Luke 24:1-12

1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2And they found  the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and  be crucified and on the third day rise." 8And  they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb they  told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

 

MEDITATION      “Of Course Jesus Is Risen!”         Pastor Tear

 

*** Responding to God’s Word ***

 

SAYING WHAT WE BELIEVE   “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.

 

RESPONSIVE PRAYER:

O Jesus, in Your resurrection You broke open the gates of Hell, and destroyed sin and death.

Keep us victorious over sin.

By Your resurrection You raised the dead, and brought us from death to life.

Guide us in the way of eternal life.

By Your resurrection You confounded Your guards and executioners, and filled the disciples with joy.

Give us joy in Your service.

By Your resurrection You proclaimed good news to the women and the apostles, and brought salvation to the whole world.

Direct our lives as Your new creation.

 

BRIEF PERIOD of SILENT MEDITATION

 

*HYMN            “Thine is the Glory”                   Blue Book #122

                           (Sing refrain after all 3 verses)

 

* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.

 

WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this sunrise worship service. We invite you to join us again!

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Please join us in Fellowship Hall for our traditional Resurrection Sunday Pancake Breakfast immediately following this sunrise service.

 

THE HOPE OF EASTER – Complimentary copies of this booklet of 10 reflections from the publishers of the popular devotional series, Our Daily Bread, are also located on the table in the Narthex. Extra copies are available, if you would like to give one to a family member or friend.

 

Easter Lilies

Donated by:

In Loving Memory/Honor Of

Joe Allen                                        My Father, Thomas Allen; Wife, Shasta Allen; and Mother-in-Law, Vera Cook

Shannon Andrews                         My Parents

Paula Hardy                                   My Parents, Bill & Marilyn Hardy

Jim & Shirley Madary                     Our Parents, Children and Grandchildren

Peter & Inga Pfefferkorn                Our Parents

David & Cynthia Summers             Dr. Frederick & Louise Summers

David & Cynthia Summers             Russ Speer

Ray & Linda Tear                           Howard & Virginia Schlichter

Ray & Linda Tear                           Joyce Fallon Tear & Teresa Tear 

 

 

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