Easter Sunday Worship

COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH, 2020

MORNING PRAYERS - 10:00 AM

 

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CALL TO WORSHIP

   Do not be afraid;

   I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.

   He is not here. He has been raised!

         Alleluia!

   Come, with amazement and great joy.

   Come, with wonder and praise.

         Let us shout the good news!

   Christ is risen.

         Christ is risen indeed!

 

 

HYMN 232        “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today!”        (Click HERE for Hymn Words)

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (UNISON)

        Like the women who came to your tomb as the first day of the week was dawning and found the tomb empty, we have such good news to tell.  For you, Lord, have cast off your grave clothes and shattered the powers of sin and death.

     

        But we have heard this news before.  How often have we let our “alleluias” fall silent as we passed through the church doors?  How often have we returned to daily routines as if Easter changes nothing?  How often have our actions belied the power of resurrection to transform our world?

        Risen Lord, forgive us for our half-hearted witness.  Free us from the bindings of fear or indifference, disappointment or disenchantment.  Fill us with the light of resurrection and send us into the world to proclaim in word and deed that we have seen the Lord!  Amen.

 

 

DECLARATION OF PARDON

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

RESPONSE     “Sanctuary”

Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary. 

   Pure and holy, tried and true. 

With thanksgiving, we’ll be a living sanctuary for You.

 

 

RESPONSIVE READING              

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24   

1.   Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
          his love endures forever.

2.   Let Israel say:
          “His love endures forever.”

14.  The Lord is my strength and my defense;
          he has become my salvation.

15.  Shouts of joy and victory
          resound in the tents of the righteous:
       “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
16.  The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
          the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17.  I will not die but live,
          and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
18.  The Lord has chastened me severely,
          but he has not given me over to death.
19.  Open for me the gates of the righteous;
          I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20.  This is the gate of the Lord
          through which the righteous may enter.
21.  I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
          you have become my salvation.

22.  The stone the builders rejected
          has become the cornerstone;
23.  the Lord has done this,
          and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24.  The Lord has done it this very day;
          let us rejoice today and be glad.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

*Matthew 28:1-10 

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8. So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

MEDITATION

Rev. John R. Scotland

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

HYMN 157        "I Danced in the Morning"        (Click HERE for Hymn Words)

BENEDICTION

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