The Lord is Risen Inded!

Praise to Our Risen Lord

Prelude and Personal Meditation

Choral Call to Worship: "Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!"

Our Easter Shout of Praise:

Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed!

Glory and honor, dominion and power, be to our God for ever and ever!

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

Our Easter Song of Praise: "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"
[PsH 388, PH 113, RL 325, TH 277]

Easter Greetings:

God has made us alive with Christ!

Death has been swallowed up in victory!

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

Amen!
[From Ephesians 2,1 Corinthians 15, Revelation 1]

[Take a moment to greet one another with the historic Christian testimony: "The Lord is risen!" "The Lord is risen indeed!"]

Welcome and Announcements

Choral Praise: "This Day Above All Days"

Encounters with Our Risen Lord

Two Marys: Matthew 28:1-10

Our Testimony: "The Lord Is Risen, Yes, Indeed"
[PsH 211]

Peter: John 20:3-9

Mary Magdalene: John 20:10-18

Solo Testimony: "The Victor"

Guards, Chief Priests, Crowds: Matthew 28:4,11-15

Instrumental Testimony: "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?"

Disciples: Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:30-44

Our Testimony: "A Shout Rings Out, a Joyful Voice"
[PsH 392]

Thomas: John 20:24-29

Our Testimony: "These Things Did Thomas Count as Real"
[PsH 394; alternate tune: PsH 227]

We Ourselves: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Our Testimony: "Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks"
[PsH 402, PH 106]

Guidance from Our Risen Lord

Through the Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-20

Through the Easter Message: "Nevertheless..."

Through Song: "As Moses Raised the Serpent Up"
[PsH 219]

Through Prayer: Concerns and Cares of the Congregation

[We will end our prayers together by singing three times, growing in intensity:

He is Lord!
He is Lord!
He is risen from the dead and he is Lord!
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord!]

Commitment to Our Risen Lord

Our Offerings

Our Commitment of Faith: (the Apostles' Creed)

Do you believe in God the Father?

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.

The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God, the Holy Spirit?

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting! Amen.

Our Song of Faith: "Father, We Love You"
[PsH 634]

Parting Blessings:

Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do.

We are sent in the name of the risen Christ.

Let us bless our Lord!

Thanks be to God! Alleluia!

May the God of peace, who raised to life the great Shepherd of the sheep, make us ready to do his will in every good thing, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever!

Amen! Alleluia!

Our Parting Easter Praise: "Oh, How Good Is Christ the Lord" (Sing twice, then repeat again the last two lines)
[PsH 401]

Postlude and Easter Fellowship

This service took place on Easter Sunday, 1992, at First Christian Reformed Church, London, Ontario; Wayne Brouwer and Peter Hogeterp, copastors.

The hymns in this service were selected from the most recent editions of the following hymnals: The Psalter Hymnal (PsH) The Presbyterian Hymnal (PH),Rejoice in the Lord (RL), and the Trinity Hymnal (TH).

Wayne Brouwer is a professor at Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and the atuhor of several books and articles on worship, preaching, and congregational development.

 

Peter Hogeterp is pastor of First Christian Reformed Church, Chatham, Ontario, and was a member of the editorial council of Reformed Worship.