In Luke 24:6, the angel tells the women at the empty tomb, “He is not here, but has risen.” Christians already are people who rejoice in the Lord always, but on Resurrection Sunday, we should be people whose cup of joy is overflowing. As our Lord Jesus is raised from the dead, we know that God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knew should bow. We are those whose tongues readily confess with awe and worship, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Tomorrow morning, our “Sunrise Service” begins at 8:00 AM. This service will be a time of praise, singing, Scripture readings, and a lesson from Scripture. As the women rose early to come to the tomb, let we too will eagerly gather to glorify the risen Son who has left an empty tomb. I am looking forward to worshipping our risen Lord together with you at this service, and I hope you are too!
After our early service, we will gather for breakfast downstairs. Please bring to share two items of the following: egg bakes, fruit, sweet rolls, coffee cake, juice, or milk.
On past Resurrection Sundays, I have broken our ongoing exposition of 1 Corinthians to preach special messages on the resurrection. This year, as we find ourselves in 1 Corinthians 15, this is unnecessary! The opening of 1 Cor 15:20 says it all: But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead. As Paul opens a grand section of Scripture of “epic grandeur,” we will consider the great work God is doing in the history of redemption with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. You may recognize the Scripture I am preaching, not only from your own study of Scripture, but from Handel’s masterpiece, The Messiah:
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Cor 15:21-22)
What grace we have in our union with Christ! He is risen indeed, and this brings us not simply spiritual life now, but incorruptible life forever in him.
This Sunday, our worship service begins at 10:00 AM instead of 10:30.
Call to Worship: Philippians 2:9-11
Hymn 272 [Red] Now Let the Vault of Heaven Resound
Congregational Reading: Romans 6:5-11
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Ministry of Music: Christ, the Life of All the Living
Hymn 269 [Red] Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
Hymn 293 [Red] Crown Him with Many Crowns
Youth Choir: He Dies, the Friend of Sinner Dies!
Youth Choir: Now Let the Heavens Be Joyful
Scripture Reading: Psalm 72 & Revelation 1
Anthem: This Joyful Eastertide
Hymn 270 [Red] Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Sermon: But in Fact Christ Has Been Raised from 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
Hymn 259 [Red] Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners
There will be no Sunday School or Fellowship Dinner following the morning worship.