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April 12 Worship

 

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter

The Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb

OPENING SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:34-43

  Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ-- he is Lord of all. 37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

HYMN OF CELEBRATION:  Christ the Lord is Risen Today!  Robert Williams, 1817

Organ by Adam Gray. Play twice, once for each verse, as you sing along.

Christ the Lord is risen today! " Alleluia! Alleluia!
All creation, join to say; Alleluia! Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high: Alleluia!
Sing, O heavens, and earth reply. Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done. Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won. Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids Him rise; Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise. Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THE DAY:

Holy One, you come to us with power beyond all knowing. You lift all things out of the dust; you breathe love into every cell; you call us into communion with you, and you claim victory over death. Blessed be your holy name now and forever. Amen.

PSALM OF THE DAY        NRS Psalm 118: 1, 5-6a, 8- 9, 14-15, 19, 24-25, 28-29

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!
Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place. With the LORD on my side I do not fear,
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in mortals. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
The LORD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD..
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we beseech you, O LORD. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you. O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

  GOSPEL OF THE DAY        NRS Mark 16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." 8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid

LISTEN TO THE WORD FOR THE DAY    “The Empty Tomb”

Easter Sermon -- Pastor Lois Lehman

Song: Beacuse He Lives

Sung by Keisha Prime

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives

How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy He gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain day, because He lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives

And then one day, I'll cross the river
I'll fight life's final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He reigns

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives

I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives.

CLOSING PRAYER

  God, we trust that you are good and do good. Teach us to be your faithful people in this time of global crisis. Help us to follow in the footsteps of our faithful shepherd, Jesus, who laid down his life for the sake of love. Glorify his name as you equip us with everything needed for doing your will. Amen.

BLESSING

Now may the truth of the empty tomb—the astonishing reality of Jesus’ resurrection— keep you fearless and sure that you will see the Resurrected One again and again in this life. May the power of God’s endless love surround you and guide you, this day and always. Amen

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

How do you think your experience in this time of uncertainty, confusion and fear mirrors the feelings of the women and early disciples that Easter Sunday so long ago?  Does their experience of the Risen Christ offer you comfort and courage for the days ahead?