April 4, 2021 - Easter Sunday Worship

April 4th Welcome & Announcements: Good morning church!

NO ZOOM ON EASTER SUNDAY.  Worship schedule:

7:00 am Sunrise on The Lighthouse lawn

9:00 am Contemporary Worship in The Lighthouse; broadcast on Facebook Live.  You do not need to have a Facebook account to view. 

10:00 am Easter egg hunt hosted by LUMC Youth Group

10:30 am Traditional Worship service in The Sanctuary

Gospel Lesson: The Resurrection of Jesus Matthew 28:1-10 as shared by the Megargell Family.

https://youtu.be/9LbkCHN_Gdg   

 

28After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And 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. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for He has been raised, as He said. Come, see the place where He* lay. 7Then go quickly and tell His disciples, “He has been raised from the dead,* and indeed He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him.” This is my message for you.’ 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to tell His disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to Him, took hold of His feet, and worshipped Him. 10Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see Me.’

This is the Gospel of our Lord.

Thanks be to God!

Call to Worship:

Out of the darkness of grief and despair comes a message of hope. Christ is risen.
Christ is risen, indeed.
We run to the tomb to see for ourselves. And it is true. Christ is risen.

Christ is risen, indeed.
We hear a voice call our name, and we know our risen Lord is with us now and always.
Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed. Thanks be to God.

Opening Hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen Today by Donna Farver & Linda Creasy

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/christ-thelord-is-risen-today-4-verses

 

1 Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

 

2 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!

 

3 Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

 

4 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!

 

Invocation:

O God, who has delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of Your Son: Grant, we pray, that as by His death He has recalled us to life, so may He in His life raise us to eternal joy. We ask this through the same, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

 

Children’s Message:   Pastor Jenn

 

Video- A Very Special Easter

https://youtu.be/UOUCRrZ1uvc

 

Today is a very special day. And here is another way for you to remember how special it is:

 

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May you enjoy this special day, and may you remember to celebrate Jesus.

Prayer: Thank You Jesus, for making us so happy with Easter. Amen.

Time of Prayer & Lord’s prayer (Pastor Ron)

God of power and majesty: With the rising of the sun, You have raised Jesus Christ and delivered Him and us from death’s destruction.  We praise You on this holy day for all Your gifts of new life.

Especially we thank You for all victories over sin and evil in our lives:  For loyalty and love of friends and family, For the newborn, the reborn, and those in Your eternal home whom we miss this day but remember their faith in You. Thank You for the renewal of nature and spring in our lives,

And for the Spirit’s continuing witness of the church in Christ.

God of eternity, You are present with us and we are reminded of that through Christ’s rising from the dead, as You continue in bringing us to new life in Him.

We bring to You this morning our prayers for this world in need of the resurrection:

We pray for nations and people in strife.  We pray for the poor and impoverished at home and abroad.

We pray for those we know in particular circumstance of distress, for the lonely, for the conflicted, for the diseased, and the dying.

Gracious God, we offer all these prayers to You, believing in Your guidance, Your mercy, and Your Son, our risen Lord, who taught us to pray together…. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Offering invitation

We worship a God of abundance, from whose hands flow all the blessings of our lives. We thank you that you share a portion of those blessings so they may flow from our hands to those in need.

Offering Special Music:  by LUMC Praise Band

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/this-is-my-fathers-world-2

1. This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white, declare their maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear Him pass; He speaks to me everywhere.

3. This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget

that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world: The battle is not done;

Jesus who died shall be satisfied, And earth and heav’n be one.

This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Offertory: He is Lord  

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/he-is-lord

He is Lord, He is Lord! He is risen from the dead and He is Lord!
Ev'ry knee shall bow, ev'ry tongue confess That Jesus Christ is Lord.

Offering prayer:

O God, on this holy day, receive our offerings as an affirmation of our commitment to be Your faithful disciples. Strengthen our ability to be gifted stewards of Your created world. We pray in the name of the Resurrected One, Jesus Christ, the Savior. Amen.

Hymn of Preparation: In the Garden by Donna Farver & Linda Creasy

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/in-the-garden-3-verses

1 I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses.

Refrain:
And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.

2 He speaks, and the sound of His voice Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me Within my heart is ringing. [Refrain]

3 I'd stay in the garden with Him Tho' the night around me be falling;
But He bids me go; thro' the voice of woe, His voice to me is calling. [Refrain]

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15 The Resurrection of Christ 1-4, 35-44, 54-57

15 Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2 through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.

3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures…

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 Not all flesh is alike, but there is one flesh for human beings, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory.

42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a physical body; it is raised a spiritual body.

54 When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

SermonSowing the Resurrection by Pastor Jenn

The Hungry Caterpillar https://youtu.be/oFRYjOkbxfE

I’ve always appreciated this story. The artwork, the details of the foods, but most of all, I always appreciated the transformation. The caterpillar became a beautiful butterfly.

For ages, the butterfly has been a Christian symbol for the resurrection. It’s the change of the insect that appeals to us. It changes from a worm-like critter that is slow and grounded, to a free flying beauty with intricate details in its wings. Truly remarkable creatures. And a good way to welcome change.

I know change is not necessarily one of our favorite vocabulary words, yet change is needed, and even wanted, especially when we’ve been through some trying times.

Look at the Marys in our gospel lesson. Just three days prior they had witnessed their rabbi, their friend, being arrested, beaten, condemned. They saw Him being mocked by the crowds because in their minds, no king would be arrested and take it, no king sent from God would not defend Himself and His God not using power or violence as the other kings did like of the old days. Therefore, Jesus is not who they thought He was, and for His betrayal of their hopes, they will now yell “crucify Him!”.

And on this same day, their friend Jesus will then carry His own cross to "The Place of the Skull," Golgotha, where He was crucified with two prisoners, while at the same time continuing to minister to the daughters of Jerusalem and one of the criminals, even praying to God for the forgiveness of those involved.

Then Jesus dies.

The Mary’s saw it. They saw Jesus die on the cross, and they saw Him get buried in a tomb.

So, on the first day of the week, they come to the tomb in their grief over the loss of the one they deeply loved. They have come to follow the Jewish custom and give Jesus a proper burial. And when they arrive there is an earthquake, and the angel tells them ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for He has been raised,

So, they are sent to tell the others, but before they leave they are greeted by Jesus Himself.

And the text says, “they worshipped Him”.

That’s why we are here this morning. To worship Him. To honor the one who went to the cross and overcame its death. The one who dealt with the harshness of life, and offers a change, a transformation.

You and I have dealt with suffering, we have dealt with pain, and sadly we have dealt with separation from our loved ones, friends, and church community, this past year.

But today there can be a change. That’s really what Easter is about.  It means we welcome God to bring about the goodness of change, a change that transforms our lives to new beginnings, new life.

In the lesson I shared with you, written by the Apostle Paul, it’s the clearest writing we have regarding the specialness of Easter. What I mean by that is his explanation, some may say pontification, of the resurrection. There is not story about people going to a grave, rather he writes about the amazingness of what Christ rising from the dead means. And not just for Christ, but for the world.

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” … 40 There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory.

42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead.

Paul claims that the world is a different place, the power of sin has been broken, and a new way of being human has opened up. Further he goes on to say that like a seed that has been planted and sown to raise something new, that is what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.

So, it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a physical body; it is raised a spiritual body.

And then he sums it up with this: 54 When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” …. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is a change that has occurred through Easter. The change is victory over death. Victory over pain. Victory over division between God and us and we with each other. Because through the resurrection, Jesus has begun a new garden, a new creation that sows forgiveness, it sows love, it sows new life.

In your bulletins you have received a paper butterfly. And that butterfly is filled with seeds. My hope is you will take it home and plant it somewhere. Somewhere you can water it, tend to it, care for it, just as I hope you will recognize through Jesus, God is doing the same with your lives and your souls. And as those seeds, hopefully sprout and grow, so will your heart in the victory of life Jesus gives you. 

Because just as His power could not be contained in a grave. His love could not be conquered by death. His truth can never be buried and forgotten. Jesus Christ rose again, and He makes all things new.

Friends, the very purpose of this Easter weekend reminds us, that no matter what we’ve been through in the past, what we might be facing today, or what uncertainties tomorrow may hold, Christ breathes new life, so that we can breathe new life too.

Video: He’s Still Risen https://youtu.be/AXvIEo9sdOA

  1. us pray: You have led us, O Lord, during the long weeks of Lent, on a journey through the wilderness. Now we stand at the garden of glory and joy. We do not ask that we should understand this great mystery of the Lord’s resurrection but only that we should enjoy it in ways that lead to greater faithfulness and more obedient witness to Your gospel. Sow Your entire church with the wonders of Your love as we gather in worship to proclaim that Christ has died; Christ is risen; and He invites us to rise too. Amen.   

Response: Graves into Garden by LUMC Praise Band

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/graves-into-gardens-lumc

I searched the world But it couldn't fill me
Man's empty praise And treasures that fade Are never enough.

Then You came along And put me back together
And every desire Is now satisfied Here in Your love

Refrain: Oh, there's nothing better than You. Lord, there's nothing better than You
Lord, there's nothing, Nothing is better than You

I'm not afraid To show You my weakness
My failures and flaws, Lord, You've seen 'em all And You still call me friend.

'Cause the God of the mountain Is the God of the valley
There's not a place Your mercy and grace Won't find me again Refrain 2 times.

You turn mourning to dancing You give beauty for ashes
You turn shame into glory You're the only one who can (repeat)

You turn graves into garden. You turn bones into armies
You turn seas into highways. You're the only one who can. You're the only one who can Refrain 2 times.

You turn graves into gardens. You turn bones into armies
You turn seas into highways. You're the only one who can (repeat)

You're the only one who can. You're the only one who can.

Let us pray: O God of Easter joy, we come this morning with the good news that Christ is risen, indeed. May this time of worship help us to fully experience this Risen Christ. May we be transformed into Your garden of people who witness Your beauty, hope and everlasting life. Amen.

Closing Song: Resurrection Day by Adam & Caroline Comstock

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/resurrection-day-ac-hd-720p

Because You're risen I can rise Because You're living I'm alive
Because Your cross is powerful Because You rose invincible
I can get up off the floor

Refrain: This is my resurrection day. Nothing's gonna hold me in the grave
This is my resurrection day. Nothing's gonna hold me down
Say goodbye to my yesterdays. Ever since I met You I am changed
This is my resurrection day. Nothing's gonna hold me down

Because You rolled my stone away Because my debt has all been paid
Because You stand in victory Because You crushed the enemy
I can get up off the floor Refrain:

The good news is the good news cause You chose the rugged cross
The good news is the good news cause You rose up from the dust
Your gospel is the power that is saving all of us
So, I can get up off the floor, get up off the floor Refrain: (repeat 2 times)

Benediction:  Paul ends this chapter with these words: 58 Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. May it be so, in our growth with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Postlude: He Lives!  

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/he-lives-1-verse

I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today; I know that He is living whatever foes may say.

I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, and just the time I need Him, He’s always near.

He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today! 

He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.

He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), salvation to impart! 

You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

 
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