April 12, 2020
MUSIC CALL TO WORSHIP – Doug Torrance
Dear Church Family, what an uplifting proclamation we have to trumpet to this sick and struggling world: The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! May your hearts be comforted by the good news of his accomplished victory. As we lift our praises from our individual homes, we know that they will rise together, join the triumphant angelic chorus, and that in this way, we will all meet together before his throne this glorious day.
“Jesus Christ is Risen Today” –Arr. P Nagel
Jesus Christ is risen today, our triumphant holy day,
Who did once upon the cross suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing unto Christ our heav’nly King,
Who endured the cross and grave, sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
But the pains which he endured, our salvation have procured;
Now above the sky he’s King, where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above praise eternal as his love;
Praise him, all ye heav’nly host, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!
CALL TO WORSHIP (Read Aloud)
Alleluia! The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Sing, choirs of heaven!
Let saints and angels sing!
Around God’s throne exult in harmony!
Now Jesus Christ is risen from the grave!
Let them salute their King in glorious symphony!
Sing, choirs of earth! Behold, your light has come!
The glory of the Lord shines radiantly!
We lift up our hearts, for Christ has conquered death!
Sing, Church of God! Exult with joy outpoured!
Your Savior lives; he is with you forevermore!
Our risen Savior, the Lord of Life, shines upon us!
Let all God’s people sing and shout for joy.
Alleluia! The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia
HYMN OF TRIUMPH: “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”
PSALM OF PRAISE: Psalm 98:1-4 (Read Aloud)
1 Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
2 The LORD has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.3
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
ANTHEM: “Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord.”
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THE READING OF THE WORD
New Testament Reading: John 20:1-18
1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away 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 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus ‘head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple,who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;9for as yet they did not understand the Scripture,that he must rise from the dead.10Then the disciples went back to their homes.
11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one 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 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing,but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her,“Woman, why are you weeping?Whom are you seeking?”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 Aramaic,“Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 1 7 Jesus said to her,“Do not cling to me, for 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 that he had said these things to her.
Old Testament Reading: Job 19:25-27and Psalm 16:9-11 (Read Aloud)
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
27 whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
QUIET REFLECTION: “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth” – G.F. Handel, arr. B. Price
THE WORD SPEAKS TO OUR LIVES: “Knowing Christ and the Power of His Resurrection”
HYMN OF PRAISE: “I Serve a Risen Savior”
I serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today
I know that He is living, whatever men may say
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer
And just the time I need Him He’s always near
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart
In all the world around me I see His loving care
And though my heart grows weary I never will despair
I know that He is leading, through all the stormy blast
The day of His appearing will come at last (Refrain)
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find
None other is so loving, so good and kind (Refrain)
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH From 1 Peter 1
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this we rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, we have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of our faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though we have not seen him, we love him. Though we do not now see him, we believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of our faith, the salvation of our souls.