Gathering Music – Marty Merryman
Welcoming Guests and Announcements – Pastor Ross
Prelude – The Strife Is O’er ‐ Charles Wesley ‐ Arr. DeCou
The Lamb has been slain, and the sheep have scattered. Now is the time for kneeling, The time or believers To kneel and call upon his name, To kneel And to rise again: The community of the resurrection. ~Ann Weems
Call to Worship – Pastor Linda
Opening Hymn – Christ the Lord is Risen Today – Hymnal #302
Prayer Concerns – Pastor Linda
Prayer Song – The Fragrance of Christ ‐ David Haas
Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer
Anthem – With Songs of Rejoicing ‐ J.S. Bach
Scripture Reading – John 20:1‐18 – Donna Petterson
Offering – Pastor Ross
Preparation Hymn – Up from the Grave He Arose – Hymnal #322
Message – I am the Resurrection and the Life
Closing Hymn – Crown Him with Many Crowns – Hymnal #327
Benediction – Choral Amen – Pastor Dave
Postlude – The Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah ‐ Handel
The Resurrection of Jesus
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.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
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!”.
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.
Idea of resurrection stretches us, our imaginations, our credulity, our faith. What is New Life in Christ? What is Resurrection? Resurrection includes new sight to see what God doing. Jesus speaks of the gift of eternal life, a life that transcends all human and earthy categories of consciousness… Jesus is our source of life, even at places of heartache/tomb.
Let us know what you would like to sing in Worship this summer!