Worship Guide - Easter Sunday

Worship Guide

April 9, 2023

Easter Sunday


Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World






Minister:    Christ is risen!

People:     Christ is risen indeed!


Special Music:  “My Jesus” Meagan


Centering Words:


Turn your eyes to the heavens. Turn your gaze to hope and life. For in hope and life, we find Jesus, the Risen Christ who shines in our midst with the light of heaven above.


*Call to Worship:


Leader:   Christ is alive,

People:   moving among the living.

Leader:   Christ is risen,

People:  inviting us to rise in fullness of life.

Leader:   Christ is calling,

People:  proclaiming life and hope for all.

Leader:   Let us pray.


ALL: Risen Christ, enter our worship and our hearts this day. As you live and move among us, remind us to proclaim and live the life you offer. Inspire us to walk as children of your resurrection, each and every day. Amen.


Hymn: “Easter Alleluia”


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


Glory to God who does wondrous things,

let all the people God's praises now sing,

all of creation in splendor shall ring: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


See how salvation for all has been won,

up from the grave our new life has begun,

life now perfected in Jesus, the Son: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


Now in our presence the Lord will appear,

shine in the faces of all of us here,

fill us with joy and cast out all our fear: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


Call us, Good Shepherd we listen for you,

wanting to see you in all that we do,

we would the gate of salvation pass through: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


Lord, we are open to all that you say,

ready to listen and follow your way,

you are the potter and we are the clay: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


If we have love, then we dwell in the Lord,

God will protect us from fire and sword,

fill us with love and the peace of his word: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!




Words of Assurance


We have been raised with Christ!

Thanks be to God for this glorious gift. Amen


*New Testament Reading: Acts 10:34-43


34 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.”


Leader:      This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!




Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me”


Children’s Message: “The Tomb is Empty”


Hymn: “Because He Lives”


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 a living just because he lives


How sweet to hold a newborn baby;

and feel the pride and the joy that he gives;

but greater still, the calm assurance,

this child can face uncertain days 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 a living just because he lives


And then one day, I'll cross that 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 a living just because he lives


Sermon: “The End that Wasn’t”   John 20:1-18


1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.


11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.




 Prayers of the People:  Joys and concerns

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer 




Invitation, Prayer of Confession and Pardon:


Christ our Lord invites to his table

all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God

and one another.


Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you

with our whole hearts.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the

cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

that proves God's love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!


In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Glory to God. Amen


 The Great Thanksgiving  


The Lord be with you

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity, and made covenant to be our sovereign

God, brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey, and set before us the way of life.


And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.


By your great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of your Son from the dead and to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.


Once we were no people, but now we are your people, declaring your wonderful deeds in Christ, who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.

When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always, in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.


On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:


   "Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."


When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:


   "Drink from this all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it in remembrance of me."


On the day you raised him from the dead he was recognized by his disciples in the breaking of the bread, and in the power of your Holy Spirit. Your Church has continued in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup.


And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of      faith


Christ has died;

Christ is risen;

Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.


By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.



And now with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever.



Moment of Prayer and Meditation


Prayer of Thanks


Eternal God, we give you thanks

for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us. 

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to give ourselves to others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 





Hymn: “He Lives”


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.


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, 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.


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, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know he lives?

He lives within my heart.


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.


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, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know he lives?

He lives within my heart.