Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
A live service will be streamed from the conference website at 9 and 11 am today. Click here to view.
SILENCE

Set a timer for 5 minutes and use a breath prayer.
On the inhale, mentally say: “He is risen!”
On the exhale: “Alleluia!”
PRELUDE

"Lift High the Cross" arr. Alice Jordan
by Darlene Skinner (length 2:40)
OPENING WORD

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:1-2, 6
OPENING HYMN

"He Lives"
by Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner (length 3:37)
I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today
I know that He is living, whatever foes 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
 
Refrain:
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
TEACHING

Take 8 minutes for this video of church member Kathryn Wells leading you through a form of meditation that brings peace and greater awareness, celebrating the good gifts of the bodies God has given us. Pastor Sarah places the meditation in the context of our Christian story.
ANTHEM

"Glory to the Risen King!" Douglas Wagner
by Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner (length 2:25)
OFFERING

Today we remember how Jesus gave up everything—even his very life—that we might have true life. In response to this great gift, we give our lives back to him. How can we show our devotion and serve him even in these tricky times? Click here for ways you can offer your life for the sake of others, following the example of our risen Lord.
SECOND HYMN

"Christ the Lord is Risen Today"
by the Connections Band
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
All of heaven's angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’n, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once, He all doth save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Christ is risen, Christ is risen, Alleluia!
He is risen, He is risen, Alleluia!
We will give Him all the glory, Alleluia!
He is worthy, He is holy, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in fain forbids Him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

He is risen, He is risen, Alleluia!
He is risen, He is risen, Alleluia!
He is risen, He is risen, Alleluia!
He is risen, He is risen, Alleluia!
SCRIPTURE LESSON

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.   And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.   His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.

 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.   He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”

So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.   Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:1-10

MESSAGE

"Prisoners of Hope" by Rev. David Beam
CLOSING HYMN

"Thine Be the Glory"
by Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner (length 3:30)
Thine be the glory,
Risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory,
Thou o'er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment
Rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes
Where Thy body lay.

Refrain :
Thine be the glory,
Risen conquering Son,
Endless is the victory,
Thou o'er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us,
Risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets thee,
Scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness,
Hymns of triumph sing;
For our Lord now liveth,
Death hath lost its sting.

Refrain

No more we doubt Thee,
Glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without Thee;
Aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conquerors,
Through Thy deathless love:
Bring us safe through Jordan
To Thy home above.

Refrain
CLOSING PRAYER

Click here for a closing prayer of great celebration! This is a colorful prayer, great to do with kids.