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As Mary Magdalene and the others approached the tomb where they had laid Jesus, they had no idea what they were about to find.  They came upon proof that all Jesus had said to them was true.  They may not have understood, but as we look back with the Holy Spirit guiding us, we find that the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves He is the bread of life, the light of the world, the way, the truth, and the life, and everything else that He ever claimed.  He is the only way to the Father and He is the only one able to overcome the power of death.  The resurrection proves it all and those that came to the grave did not grasp that they were passing from shadow to light, but that is exactly what was happening.  The glory of the Father was seen in the resurrection and His almighty power manifest to those in great need.

Come worship the sovereign Creator with us this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.

The Welcome and Greeting

Leader: Christ has risen!
People: He has risen indeed!
Leader: May the grace and peace of Christ be with you
People: And also with you

The Time of Preparation               from Lk 11&24, Mk 16, and Mt 28

Leader:    Why do you seek the living among the dead?
People:   He is not here, but has risen.
Leader:    You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.
People:   He has risen; he is not here.
Leader:    Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
People:    He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.
Leader:    I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?

The Song of Ascent     Christ the Lord is Risen Today

The Call to Worship     Psalm 30:4-5

The Song of Praise: Crown Him with Many Crowns

The Prayer of Adoration

The Call to Confession     1 John 1:5-10

The Prayer of Confession: 1 Timothy 2:5-6

All:Father, we have sinned and our sin is against You.  We have not loved one another and have failed to draw near to You.  Our sin is great, but we trust that Your love and mercy are greater.  Forgive us, we ask in Your Son’s name.

 (A time of silent confession before God)

All: Our Father who art 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 debts, as forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

The Promise of Forgiveness: John 11:25

The Song of Rejoicing      Amazing Love

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 59-61

Leader:    But what does it profit you now that you believe all this?

People:  That I am righteous in Christ, before God, and an heir of eternal life.

Leader:    How are you righteous before God?

People:  Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Even though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against all God’s commandments, of never having kept any of them, and of still being inclined toward all evil, nevertheless, without any merit of my own out of sheer grace, God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, and as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me. All I need to do is accept this gift with a believing heart.

Leader:    Why do you say that through faith alone you are righteous?

People: Not that I am acceptable to God, on account of the worthiness of my faith; but because only the satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, is my righteousness before God; and that I cannot receive and apply the same to myself any other way than by faith only.

The Song of Affirmation     In Christ Alone

The Scripture Reading: John 16:16-22; John 20:1-18

The Preaching of God’s Word

The Bringing of Tithes and Offerings

The Response of Praise

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.

The Benediction