Worship Bulletin for Sunday

Dr. Randy Working

Easter Sunday

April 4, 2021

“By (Christ’s) death sin was taken away, by his resurrection righteousness was renewed and restored. For how could he by dying have freed us from death, if he had yielded to its power? How could he have obtained the victory for us, if he had fallen in the contest?” … John Calvin

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP:

Pastor: Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

People: Christ is Risen Indeed!

Pastor: This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

People: This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 

Opening hymn: “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”

Christ the Lord is ris’n today… Alleluia! Sons of men and angels say… Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high… Alleluia! Sing, ye heav’ns, 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!

 

Love's redeeming work is done... Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won... Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids His rise... Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise... Alleluia!

 

Sing we to our God above... Alleluia! Praise eternal as his love... Alleluia!

Praise him, all ye heav'nly host... Alleluia! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost... Alleluia!

CALL TO CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:

O God, in raising Christ from dead, you have set us free from self absorption, doubt and fear. Yet we continue to live as those who are enslaved to enmity towards others and ourselves. We have been called to love you with all of who we are and to love our neighbors as ourselves, but we are turned in upon ourselves and refuse to love. Empower us with the new life of the risen Christ so that we might be free to love you, others and ourselves as we ought. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON:

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-22

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

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

15 There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly;
16 the right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.”
17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.
18 The Lord has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.

21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

 

NEW TESTAMENT READING: Matthew 28:1-10; 5:13-1

1 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.

2 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.

3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.

5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.

6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay.

7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead,[b] and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”

8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of 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.”

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.

15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

SERMON: "The Light of the Risen Christ" Dr Working

CALL FOR OFFERING

DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

(THE PRESBYTERIAN HYMNAL #592)

Affirmation of faith: The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

PRAYERS of God’s People – Rev Ren Adams

CLOSING HYMN – Holy City

BENEDICTION

RESPONSE TO THE BENEDICTION

 
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