APRIL 12, 2020

An Order for Personal or Family Worship

April 12, 2020 - Easter Sunday

This order of worship is designed for individuals and families who are worshipping alone or with family due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is an adaptable worship aid; it can be rearranged and its parts can be skipped. Even though we cannot meet together, our goal is to find unity as a church by using the same texts and songs for worship.

If you are worshipping as a group, choose someone to read the included texts and prayers out loud. Texts in bold may be read by everyone in unison. 

Call to Worship:

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Psalter Reading: Psalm 16

1 Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

    I have no good apart from you.”

3 As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,

    in whom is all my delight.

4 Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;

    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out

    or take their names upon my lips.

5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;

    you hold my lot.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

    I have a goodly heritage.

7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

    in the night also my heart instructs me.

8 I keep the Lord always before me;

    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;

    my body also rests secure.

10 For you do not give me up to Sheol

    or let your faithful one see the Pit.

11 You show me the path of life.

    In your presence there is fullness of joy;

    in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Hymn: Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (Psalter Hymnal #388)
Accompaniment, provided by Mr. Mark Johnson: https://soundcloud.com/mark-johnson-335625686/christthelord/s-lqCRIaPZKg0

1 Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia!

All creation, join to say: Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high; Alleluia!

Sing, O 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 your sting? Alleluia!

Once he died, our souls to save; Alleluia!

Where your victory, O 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!

5 Hail the Lord of earth and heaven! Alleluia!

Praise to you by both be given; Alleluia!

Risen Christ, triumphant now; Alleluia!

Every knee to you shall bow. Alleluia!

Prayer of Illumination

If you are worshiping with children, we suggest having a child read this prayer.

Lord God, thank you for giving us the Bible. 

Thank you that through reading it we can learn more about you and learn to love you more.

Send your Spirit to help us understand your Word and to help us grow.

For Jesus’ sake, Amen.*

Gospel Reading: John 20:1-18

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.

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!” (which means 'My Teacher'). 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.

“This is the Word of the Lord.”

“Thanks be to God for his Word.”

Confession of Faith: Westminster Larger Catechism, Questions 51-52

Q. 51. How was Christ exalted? 

A. Christ’s exaltation includes his resurrection, ascension, sitting at the right hand of the Father, and coming again to judge the world.

Q. 52. How was Christ exalted in his resurrection? 

A. Christ’s exaltation in his resurrection began with his body not decaying, since it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. On the third day, he rose again from the dead by his own power and in the very same body.... By his resurrection, he plainly declared himself to be the Son of God, to have satisfied divine justice, to have conquered death as well as him who holds the power of death, and to be Lord of the living and the dead. He did all this as a general representative of humanity and as head of his church in order to justify believers, make them alive in his grace, support them against their enemies, and assure them that they too will be resurrected from the dead at the last day.

Hymn: Crown Him With Many Crowns (Psalter Hymnal #410)
Accompaniment, provided by Mr. Mark Johnson: https://soundcloud.com/mark-johnson-335625686/crown-him-with-many-crowns/s-3mzu9ql2Mja

1 Crown him with many crowns,

the Lamb upon his throne.

Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns

all music but its own.

Awake, my soul, and sing

of him who died for thee,

and hail him as thy matchless king

through all eternity.

2 Crown him the Lord of life,

who triumphed o'er the grave,

and rose victorious in the strife

for those he came to save;

his glories now we sing

who died and rose on high,

who died eternal life to bring,

and lives that death may die.

3 Crown him the Lord of love;

behold his hands and side,

rich wounds, yet visible above,

in beauty glorified;

no angels in the sky

can fully bear that sight,

but downward bends their burning eye

at mysteries so bright.

4 Crown him the Lord of years,

the potentate of time,

creator of the rolling spheres,

ineffably sublime.

All hail, Redeemer, hail!

for thou hast died for me;

thy praise shall never, never fail

throughout eternity.

Epistle Reading: Revelation 1:12-18 (Read aloud in sermon recording)

Sermon: “I Am Alive Forevermore”


Joys and Concerns and Prayers of the People

Rob Donaldson - Recovery from severe nosebleed

Spend some time taking prayer requests (if you’re in a group) and praying through the needs of our congregation, community, and the world. Finish by praying the Lord’s Prayer.

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 debts,

as we 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.

Hymn: In Christ Alone (#61 in the Supplemental Hymnal)
Accompaniment, provided by Mr. Mark Johnson: https://soundcloud.com/mark-johnson-335625686/inchristalone/s-FPQnVH67xAZ

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.

Closing Prayer

God of our salvation,

You have restored us to life,

You have brought us back again into your love

By the triumphant death and resurrection of Christ:

Continue to heal us

As we go to live and work

In the power of your Spirit,

To your praise and glory. 



* Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, © 2004, CRC Publications