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Sunday, April 16, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)
Song by Choir – “Resurrection Praise”
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Heather Schierenbeck)
The Invocation and Responsive Easter Reading
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 heavy on our hearts, assure us that You “were delivered for our offenses and raised again for our justification.”
C: He is risen! Alleluia!
P: Dear Jesus, we sometimes become so busy with all the things of this life that our Easter hopes begin to fade. When the pace and problems of life threaten to take our eyes off of You and 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!
P: Death surrounds us every day. As we watch our loved ones die, we are saddened and our eyes fill with tears. We know that we too shall die and our bodies rest in the earth. Lord Jesus, give us confidence, hope and joy in the face of death. Our graves cannot hold us any more than Your grave could hold You. Strengthen our Easter faith, help us share it with others and buoy our spirits with Your assurances that we will spend eternity with You and with our fellow believers in glory.
C: He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
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 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 power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Easter Gospel – Matthew 28: 1-10
From heavy hearts to an empty tomb to an angelic vision and message to an encounter with the risen and living Jesus – such was the Easter experience of Mary Magdalene and the other women….. and of you and I this Easter as well.
Our Easter Creed
I believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Man, Lord of lords and Savior of our fallen world. I believe that He came to earth on a mission of salvation, lived a holy life as my Law-fulfilling Substitute, was crucified at the hands of sinful men, and endured the punishment of hell at the hands of a just God. He died and was buried.
And I believe that on the third day he rose bodily from the dead, exactly as it had been prophesied and as He had promised. Attested to by the inspired Scriptures and by many eyewitnesses, Jesus’ resurrection verifies that He is God’s Son, that His salvation mission was complete and that He has triumphed over the last great enemy – death.
And in rising and conquering death, Christ has become the first-fruits of all who sleep in Him. Because He rose, I and all who look to Him in faith shall one day rise. Because He lives, I too shall live. For He has promised me: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though He dies. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”
A HEBREWS EASTER
Old Testament Faithful Eagerly Awaited It
“By faith Abraham looked forward to the city with foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.” (11:10)
“By faith they saw things promised and welcomed them from a distance ….. They were longing for a better country, a heavenly one.” (11: 13,16)
Christ Is Risen and Alive Forever
“May the God of peace, Who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ.” (13:20)
“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today and forever.” (13:8)
“The resurrection of the dead” – Called an “elementary teaching” of the Christian faith. (6:2)
Keep The Easter Faith And Hope
“So do not throw away your confidence; It will be richly rewarded…. for you will receive what He has promised.” (10:32-33)
“There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God…. Let us make every effort to enter that rest.” (4: 9,11)
Your Ultimate Easter Is Coming
“And Christ will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those waiting for Him.” (9:28)
“Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” (12:28)
The Easter Offering
The Lord’s Prayer (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)
Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen
Song by Children & Choir – “I Know that My Redeemer Lives” (Director: Heidi Ludvigson; Sign Director: Teri Schierenbeck)
Recitation by Sunday school children: Job 19:25-27 – I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
Silent Prayer and Announcements