Order of Worship:
For Pre-Service Reading: Psalm 16, Page 125 In Front Of Hymnal
(10:30) “Hallelujah Chorus” (Handel’s Messiah)
Instrumental Duet (Tom & Deb Owens)
An Opening Confessional Easter Prayer
A Responsive Easter Prayer
P: O Lord God, our Strength, our Song and our Salvation, You fulfilled Your promises by the resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead.
C: Thanks be to God! You give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
P: In Your compassion You sent Christ, the Good Shepherd, Who laid down His life to rescue the lost.
C: Drive out all doubt and gloom that we may delight in your glorious triumph.
P: Lift our eyes heavenward to see Him Who lives to make intercession for the saints, and grant us confidence in the greatness of His power. Keep before us the vision of Your redeemed people standing before Your throne and singing the song of victory.
C: Worthy is the lamb Who was slain to receive wisdom and power and honor and glory and praise.
P: Make us instruments of Your peace as we bring the Good News of hope and new life to those around us. Guide us in the use of all that you have entrusted to us: our time, talents and treasures.
C: Risen Lord, live in us that we may live for You.
P: Merciful Lord Jesus, grant healing to the sick, and strengthen the faith of the suffering and the dying. Assure them of Your abiding presence, and comfort them with the hope of eternal life.
C: Gracious Father, You have restored to us the joy of Your salvation. With happy hearts, we come before You and say: Alleluia! Thanks be to God! Amen.
The Scripture Reading – Luke 24: 13 – 24
Now that same day two of them were walking from Jerusalem to a nearby village named Emmaus. And as they talked and discussed all that had happened, Jesus Himself drew near and walked with them,but they were kept from recognizing Him. And He asked them, “What are you discussing that you are so sad?” And one of them named Cleopas said, “Are you a visitor and do not know what things have happened these days?” “What things?” He asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth”, they replied. “He was a Prophet, mighty in word & deed before God and all the people. Our chief priests and rulers delivered Him over to be condemned and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the One to redeem Israel. And now it is the third day. And some of our women went to the tomb earlier today but did not find His body. They told us they had seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And others who also went found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.”
The Apostles Creed (Hymnal, Page 12)
Hymn 194 – “Abide With us The Day Is Waning”
The Sermon ……………………………………….. Luke 24: 25 – 35
Jesus said to them: “How foolish you are and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He explained to them what was said in the Scriptures concerning Himself. As they approached the village, Jesus acted as if He were going on. But they urged Him: “Stay with us, for it is evening; the day is almost over.” So He remained. And while He was at the table with them, He took bread and gave thanks. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; And He vanished from their sight. And they said each other: “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Then they returned to Jerusalem, found the disciples and others gathered together and said: “The Lord is risen indeed and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told them everything that had happened and how Jesus was known to them as He broke the bread.
HEARTS THAT BURN WITHIN US
1. From Knowing Christ is Risen
2. From Having The Scriptures Opened To Us
Hymn 733 (Supplement) – “This Joyful Eastertide”
Our Gifts For The Proclamation of The Easter Gospel
(8:30) “Hallelujah Chorus” (Instrumental Duet– Tom & Deb Owens)
(8:30) Choir: “The Strife is O’er” (Hymn 210 Words)
The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction
The Closing Hymn: “Alleluia, Sing To Jesus!
1. Alleluia, Sing to Jesus! His the scepter, His the throne:
Alleluia, His the triumph, His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion Thunder like a mighty flood.
Jesus, out of every nation, Has redeemed us by his blood.
2. Alleluia! Not as orphans Are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us; Faith believes nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received Him When the forty days were o’er,
Shall our hearts forget His promises, “I am with you evermore”?
3. Alleluia! Heavenly High Priest, Here on earth our Help, our Stay;
Alleluia! Hear the sinful Cry to You from day to day.
Intercessor, Friend of sinners, Earth’s Redeemer, hear our plea,
Where the songs of all the righteous Sweep across the crystal sea.
Silent Prayer And Announcements
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.