Easter morning is here and the risen life in Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is ongoing! The message for today will focus on Matthew 28:1-10: Signs of Resurrection: An empty tomb, a reversal of outcomes, the calming of fear, joy, hope, love and engagement! All of these realities can be seen in our text and can be found in Jesus.
“He is risen! He is risen indeed!” May the Lord bless and lead you during this time of growing faith, hope, and love. In Him we live and move and have our being!
Opening Video: Entering Crestview Church on Easter with Rod McKeever on Bagpipes:
Speak aloud: He is risen! He is risen indeed!
Christ the Lord is Risen Today by Joslin Grove Choral Society
Prayer: Individuals read sections out loud:
A Prayer of Solidarity – (adapted: Th Apr 9 Mass of the Roman Catholic Church)
On this Easter morning Lord Jesus, we pray for the healing of our world and its peoples:
‘For all who have contracted coronavirus, We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable, We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety, We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance, We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world, We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers, We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen.
Song: How Can It Be? By Lauren Daigle
Easter Message: Matthew 28:1-10 Signs of Resurrection! (15 minutes)
Songs of Response: Choose 1 or all of the following ☺
Clean by Natalie Grant
My Redeemer Lives by Nicole C. Mullen
Hallelujah Chorus, The Messiah, Handel by the World’s Largest Virtual Choir
Blessing: May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. AMEN! Hebrews 13:20-21
Extension of On Line Worship Services through April 26th.
In God’s hands, Pastor Mark