EASTER SUNDAY

EASTER GREETINGS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: It’s Easter Sunday the day we celebrate that though Jesus suffered and died for our sins, death has no grip on Him.

Response: Christ rose from the dead and we can look forward to that resurrection if we put our hope in Him.

All: We celebrate You today, Lord Jesus because You have made it clear that death does not have the last word, because You have filled us again with hope and faith, because You have given us a vision of new possibilities, new realities and new ways of being through Your resurrection. Hallelujah! Christ is risen! Christ is LORD!

HYMN OF PRAISE:
“Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Alleluia!”

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

INVOCATION (Leader)
Good News God, In the midst of deep sorrow and grief your angels appeared to the faithful women of Jesus’ company, bringing them news more awe-inspiring than they could imagine –
Christ is Risen! Surely your angels can interrupt our lives, too, breaking into our losses and sorrows and offering a message of tremendous joy to change our lives. Come this Easter morning, we pray, and fill us with the joy of the women disciples, the first witnesses to your resurrection, that our lives may also be renewed in hope and glory. Let us roll back the stone of the grave and sing Alleluia once again!
In Christ we pray, Amen.

CALL TO CONFESSION (Leader)
In raising Jesus from the grave, God shattered the power of sin and death and yet we remain captive to doubt and fear. Let us confess our sins to God in silence.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
God, we confess to you that while we know well the story of your victory over the grave,
it is not a story we always live.We are dragged down by all manner of death –Fear may suffocate us: the loss of dreams and hopes
for ourselves, our families, our communities and our nation. Sorrow may wall us off like a grave, isolating us with anger, frustration, and grief.

Silence

Yet the stories of our faith are inscribed not with the marks of death, but with the word, “Alleluia!”So on this Easter morning, we pray that you will fill us with “fear and great joy”
so that, like those women who came to the tomb expecting death, we may instead find the radiant new life that is ever before us in your Resurrection! Amen.

VIDEO PRESENTATION

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Just as Christ did not come to condemn but to liberate, so too is Christ raised from death not to judge but to celebrate. Cast off the yoke of sorrow and instead raise up the scepter of joy – Christ lives! We live! All is made new on this Resurrection morning!

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 28: 1-10
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will

MEDITATION:

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We believe that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ has overcome the power of death
and gives assurance of life after death.
And we look forward to His coming again in all fullness and glory to make all creation new and to gather all the faithful in the Kingdom of God. Amen.

HYMN OF FAITH: “Because He Lives”

God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus,
He came to love, heal, and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Refrain:
Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future.
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride, and joy He gives;
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

And then one day I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.

EASTER PRAYER & BENEDICTION

Minister: We will not seek comfort only in the familiar, but dare to risk newness of thought and newness of action –

Response: We know that Resurrection makes all things new!

Minister: We will not cling to all the old, expected notions about God, Jesus, Spirit, but go forth and celebrate this truly new Good News:

Response: Because Christ lives, new possibilities are ever before us!

Minister: We will not cling to all the old, expected notions about God, Jesus, Spirit,
but go forth and celebrate this truly new Good News:

Response: We will speak for life and justice, hope and courage, in these trying days, Because Christ lives, we live!

Minister: While the church buildings may be closed this Easter morning,

Response: The Church is alive, just as Christ is alive!

Minister: Christ is Risen Indeed!

Response: Alleluia and amen!

Prepared by Pastoral Team
United Church of Christ in the Philippines
Roxas Avenue cor. T. Badelles, Iligan City

April 12, 2020

/UCM/ EA Eslao

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