Easter Sunday Worship Liturgy 

April 12, 2020


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Luke 24:1-7

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

Painting: Bob Baker, The Empty Tomb (2013)



Call to Worship
Led by John


Grace and peace from our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He has given us new life and hope.

He has raised Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own.

He has brought us out of darkness.

He has made us light to the world.

For such a time as this and days forevermore.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

- Based on 1 Peter 1:3-5

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor
Led by Brendan


Christ the sure and steady anchor
In the fury of the storm
When the winds of doubt blow through me
And my sails have all been torn

In the suffering, in the sorrow
When my sinking hopes are few
I will hold fast to the anchor
It shall never be removed

Christ the sure and steady anchor
In the fury of the storm
When the winds of doubt blow through me
And my sails have all been torn

In the suffering, in the sorrow
When my sinking hopes are few
I will hold fast to the anchor
It shall never be removed

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
While the tempest rages on;
When temptation claims the battle,
And it seems the night has won.

Deeper still then goes the anchor,
Though I justly stand accused;
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
Through the floods of unbelief;
Hopeless somehow, O my soul, now,
Lift your eyes to Calvary.

This my ballast of assurance,
See his love forever proved.
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It will never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
As we face the wave of death;
When these trials give way to glory,
As we draw our final breath.

We will cross that great horizon,
Clouds behind and life secure;
And the calm will be the better,
For the storms that we endure.

Christ the sure of our salvation,
Ever faithful, ever true!
We will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

“Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor” Matthew Boswell, Matthew Papa. ©2015 Getty Music Hymns and Songs | Getty Music Publishing | Love Your Enemies Publishing | Messenger Hymns. CCLI #196779

Call to Confession
Led by John

Take a moment to be still, reflect and confess your sins, knowing that God hears you.



Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from the grave and crowned him Lord of all.

We confess that we have not bowed before him or acknowledged his rule in our lives.

We too rejected him and esteemed him not.

We have gone along with the way of the world and failed to give him glory.

We live in fear when we forget your sovereignty and the good news of the gospel.

Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ, who rules the world and is head of the church, his body. Deliver us from fear and sin, that we may faithfully serve a world in need of your love. Thank you Father.

  Amen

Adapted from and reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, © 2004, CRC Publications.

O Praise The Name (Anástasis)
Led by Brendan and Eugene


I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me.
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet.
My Saviour on that cursed tree

His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid him down in Joseph's tomb.
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forevermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

Then on the third at break of dawn,
The Son of Heaven rose again.
O trampled death where is your sting?
The angels roar for Christ the King

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

He shall return in robes of white,
The blazing sun shall pierce the night.
And I will rise among the saints,
My gaze transfixed on Jesus' face

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forevermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forevermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forevermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

“O Praise The Name (Anástasis)” Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, Marty Sampson. ©2015 Hillsong Music Publishing. CCLI #196779

Assurance of Pardon
Led by John

Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. (Romans 8:34)

Friends, believe the good news of the gospel.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. 

May the God of mercy, who forgives us all our sins, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.


As Jesus healed the afflicted and restored those without hope, he also forgives our sins and gives us new life.

Friends, believe the good news of the gospel.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Praise be to God!

Christ is risen, Christ is reigning, Christ is for us, and Christ is resurrecting us still.

Christ is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

Christ the Lord is Risen Today (He Is Not Dead)
Led by NCC Worship


Christ the Lord is risen today
Alleluia
Sons of men and angels say
Alleluia

Raise your joys and triumphs high
Alleluia
Sing ye heavens and earth reply
Alleluia

Lives again our glorious King
Alleluia
Where oh death is now thy sting
Alleluia

Dying once He all doth save
Alleluia
Where thy victory O grave
Alleluia

He is not dead
He is alive
We Have this hope
In Jesus Christ

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

Death in vain forbids Him rise
Alleluia
Christ has opened paradise
Alleluia

He is not dead
He is alive
We have this hope in
Jesus Christ

Soar we now where Christ has led
Alleluia
Following our exalted Head
Alleluia

Made like Him like Him we rise
Alleluia
Ours the cross the grave the skies
Alleluia

He is not dead
He is alive
We have this hope in
Jesus Christ

He is not dead
He is alive
We have this hope in
Jesus Christ


“Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (He Is Not Dead)” Charles Wesley, Samuel Arnold, Kurtis Parks. ©2015 Capitol Music Publishing. CCLI #196779

Offering Prayer
Led by Brendan


Children's Time
Led by Pastor Karen


Congregational Prayer
Led by Pastor Alex


Scripture Reading
Luke 24:13-49
Read by Bill

On the Road to Emmaus

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,[b] 43 and he took it and ate before them.

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for[c] the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Rising Fear, Risen Christ
A Sermon by Pastor Jason


Maundy Thursday

Here is the source of every sacrament,
The all-transforming presence of the Lord,
Replenishing our every element
Remaking us in his creative Word.
For here the earth herself gives bread and wine,
The air delights to bear his Spirit’s speech,
The fire dances where the candles shine,
The waters cleanse us with His gentle touch.
And here He shows the full extent of love
To us whose love is always incomplete,
In vain we search the heavens high above,
The God of love is kneeling at our feet.
Though we betray Him, though it is the night.
He meets us here and loves us into light.

“Maundy Thursday” by Malcolm Guite - https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/maundy-thursday

In Christ Alone
Led by Sunny


In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! - who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save

Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

“In Christ Alone” Keith Getty, Stuart Townend. ©2001 Universal Music Publishing Group | Capitol Christian Music Group. CCLI #196779

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
Led by Pastor Jason


What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine
Yet not I, but through Christ in me


The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Saviour He will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley He will lead
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome
Yet not I, but through Christ in me


No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave

To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released, I can sing: I am free
Yet not I, but through Christ in me


With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For He has said that He will bring me home
And day by day I know He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I, but through Christ in me


To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I, but through Christ in me
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

“Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson & Michael Farren. ©2018 CityAlight Music. CCLI #196779

Doxology
Led by Brendan


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

Praise Him, all creatures here below

Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Amen



Benediction
Led by Pastor Jason

On this day as we rejoice and savour the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, even as continue to bear the burdens of isolation, of an uncertain future, of many fears, know that our risen lord knows you full well. And not only knows your fears, but carries the full weight of your burdens upon himself.  He who died for you, loves you. All your worries can be thrust on him, for he will surely carry it; he will surely carry it all. 

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you now and forevermore. 

Amen

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