Have You Been To The Empty Tomb?

The Sermon ………………………………………………………. Matthew 28 : 6

 “He is not here; He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Have You Been To The Empty Tomb? 

You Can Take Easter With You!

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EASTER  FESTIVAL  WORSHIP

April 24, 2011  – 9:00 a.m.

Pre-Service  Reading – Psalm 16, P 125  In Front Of Hymnal

The Sunday School Easter Recitation: “Welcome Happy Morning….. Blessed are believers…… Jesus Christ is risen today.”

Song: “Mary Told The Good News”

The  Invocation And Opening Prayer

Choir:  “He Is Living” (Easter Story  –  Music By Prof. John Reim)

(Director: Cathy  Augustin; Accompanist: Ryan Augustin)

It happened on the first day of the week. Women, with spices in hand, left in the dark to anoint the Lord. Then, at the rising of the sun, they approached where He was laid, having wondered how the tomb would be opened. But at the break of day the earth had trembled in the land. And when they looked, they saw the stone was rolled away. To them appeared in clothing brilliant as the winter snow, the messengers from heaven sent to them to say, “Away with doubt and fear.The Savior is not here.Why do you look among the dead for the living? He has arisen, as He said. He is living! To His disciples go and tell of His rising. He goes to Galilee where you will behold Him.” The women quickly ran, amazed and filled with fear, to tell what they had seen and heard. They brought disciples word. “At break of day we took our spices to anoint the Lord, and when we looked, we saw the stone was rolled away.To us appeared in clothing brilliant as the winter snow, the messengers from heaven sent to us to say, ‘Away with doubt and fear. The Savior is not here. Why do you look among the dead for the living?  He has arisen, as He said. He is living! To the tomb ran two disciples, John outrunning Peter to the place. Bending down, John saw the clothes. He saw and He believed! Away with doubt and fear. The Savior is not here. Why do you look among the dead for the living? He has arisen, as He said. He is living! The Lord has risen and lives forevermore.

The  Opening Hymn WS 733 : This Joyful Eastertide Hymnary.org link

A Responsive Easter Litany

P: Lord Jesus, on this first day of the week, we come together to celebrate Your resurrection from the grave.

 C: He is risen! Alleluia!

P: You have promised that though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. So often we spoil our celebrations of Your grace. Sin plagues our thoughts, words and actions. Forgive us, Lord Jesus. When our sins weigh heavily upon our hearts, assure us that You have  arisen and our sins have been forgiven.

C: He is risen! Alleluia!

(All Sing)

Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won! Death no longer can appall me;
Jesus lives!Death’s reign is done!From the grave Christ will recall me.
Brighter scenes will then commence; This shall be my confidence.

P: Dear Jesus, we sometimes become so busy with all the things of this life that the Easter hopes fades. When the pace and problems of life threaten to take our eyes off of You and of our Easter hope, renew us in the certainty and joy that Your empty tomb gives us victory over sin, death and hell.

C: He is risen! Alleluia!

(All Sing)

Oh, then, draw away your hearts  Now from pleasures base and hollow,
There to share what He imparts, Here His footsteps ye must follow.
Fix your hearts beyond the skies, Whither ye yourselves would rise.

P: Death surrounds us every day. As we watch our loved ones die, our hearts are saddened and our eyes fill with tears. We know we too shall die and our bodies will rest in the grave. Lord Jesus, give us confidence, hope and joy in the face of death. When death reaches for us and our loved ones, comfort us with Your empty tomb. Our graves will not hold us any more than your grave could hold you. Preserve us in faith that we may be reunited with all believers and sing Your praise forever.   Give us the courage to share with others the hope that we have because of Your triumphant resurrection from the dead.

C: He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

(All Sing)

Jesus, my Redeemer, lives;  I, too, unto life shall waken.
Endless joy my Savior gives;  Shall my courage, then, be shaken?
Shall I fear, or could the Head  Rise and leave the members dead?

P:  But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

C: For  since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die,  even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

P: So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory!”

C: O death, where is your  sting? O grave, where is Your victory? The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

(All Sing)

Laugh to scorn the gloomy grave And at death no longer tremble;
He, the Lord, Who came to save  Will at last His own assemble.
They will go their Lord to meet,treading death beneath their feet.
Those who sorrow here & moan There in gladness will be reigning;
Earthly here the seed is sown, There immortal life attaining.
Here our sinful bodies die, Glorified to dwell on high.

The Apostles Creed

Hymn TLH 210 : The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done Hymnary.org link

The Sermon ………………………………………………………. Matthew 28 : 6

 “He is not here; He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Have You Been To The Empty Tomb? 

You Can Take Easter With You!

Hymn TLH 200 (V 1-2, 7-8): I Know that my Redeemer Lives Hymnary.org link  (Trumpet: Riley Sotnyk)

The Easter Offering

Our Prayer

Alleluia! Lord Jesus, You have arisen. Help us trust Your resurrection in the days ahead, whether they are filled with joy or sorrow. Be with us, strengthen us and bless us each day until we stand before You to sing Your praise forever. Now we bring our requests to You in the words of the prayer You have  taught us:

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed by 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us praise the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

The Easter Benediction

The  Closing Hymn TLH 199 : Jesus Christ Is Risen Today Hymnary.org link   (Trumpet: David Rehm)    

V 1 – All    V 2 – Ladies & Girls    V 3 – Men & Boys    V 4 – All

Silent Prayer And Announcements