Learning to Live… Through Jesus, Our Neighbours and Each Other

EASTER SUNDAY 2020

SHOW US YOUR RESURRECTION POWER AND LOVE

EASTER – April 12, 2020

 

 

W.L.                                      Garth

Song leader                           Rita

Music                                     Shelley

Psalm 118.1-2, 14-24            Garth

Story for all ages                   Val

Scripture                               Crowe family

Sermon                                 Claire

PA                                         Wes

Video                                     Darrell

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Focus statement

Show us, one more time, the extent of your power over death. Show us how you can help us turn our present circumstances, world situations, and our hearts into the miracles of new life.

 

Bulletin:   Even before we knew Him, He loved us.   Even while we were      still sinners, He died for us.   Even as we live today, He watches over                us, moment by moment, hour by hour, making us whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOW US:  CHRIST IS RISEN

 

Call to worship

 

Leader:      The Lord is risen!

People:     The Lord is risen indeed!

 

Leader:       Let all the people of Mount Royal Mennonite Church declare:

People:     The Lord is risen indeed!

 

Leader:       Let all the earth declare:

People:     The Lord is risen indeed!

 

All:      Hallelujah!

 

Gathering prayer

Dear God, this past week has been one of mixed emotions: of faith seeking to understand.  We have greeted you with palm branches; we have shared a farewell meal with you; we have witnessed your death on an ugly wooden cross.  But today you come to us in victory!  By this we know that death is not the final word.  As the sun rises boldly to meet a new day, so rise in our lives this Easter morning, for you are our hope, our life, and our joy.       AMEN

 

Gathering song          STJ 19  I will call upon the Lord

I will call upon the Lord, Who is worthy to be praise

So shall I be saved from my enemies.

 

The Lord liveth, and blessed be the Rock;  And let the God of my salvation be exalted.

The Lord liveth, and blessed be the Rock;  And let the God of my salvation be exalted.

 

Psalm 118.1-2,14-24                                              Darrell

 

Offertory prayer

Story for all ages                                                    Val

 

We sing              This Easter Celebration

Words by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2020

 

This Easter celebration is not like ones we’ve known.

We pray in isolation, we sing the hymns alone.

We’re distant from the neighbors – from worship leaders, too.

No flowers grace the chancel to set a festive mood.

 

No gathered choirs are singing; no banners lead the way.

O God of love and promise, where’s joy this Easter Day?

With sanctuaries empty, may homes become the place

We ponder resurrection and celebrate your grace.

 

Our joy won’t come from worship, that’s in a crowded room

But from the news of women who saw the empty tomb.

Our joy comes from disciples who ran with haste to see

Who heard that Christ is risen, and then, by grace, believed.

 

In all the grief and suffering, may we remember well:

Christ suffered crucifixion and face the powers of hell.

Each Easter bears the promise: Christ rose that glorious day!

Now nothing in creation can keep you love away.

 

We thank you that on Easter, your church is blessed to be

A scattered, faithful body that’s doing ministry.

In homes and in the places of help and healing, too.

We live the Easter message by gladly serving you.

 

 

Scripture            Matthew 28.1-10                         Crowe family

 

Sermon              Show us your resurrection power and love    Claire

 

Hymn of response         HWB 267  Christ has Arisen

  1. Christ has arisen, alleluia! Rejoice and Praise Him, alleluia,

For our redeemer, burst from the tomb, even from death, dispelling its gloom.

 

Refrain

Let us sing praise to him with endless joy.  Death’s fearful sting he has come to destroy,

Our sins forgiven, alleluia. Christ has arisen, alleluia!

 

  1. The again said to them, “Do not fear.  You look for Jesus who is not here.

See for yourselves, the tomb is all bare. Only the graveclothes are lying there.

 

  1. “Go spread the news; He’s not in the grave.  He has a risen, mortals to save”

Jesus’ redeeming labors are done.  Even the battle with sin is won.

Refrain

 

  1. Jesus is living, let the earth sing.  He reigns triumphant, eternal King.

And he has promised those who believe into his kingdom he will receive.

Refrain

 

Confession of Faith – Apostles’ Creed

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

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.

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

 

Peace Lamp

 

Sharing our stories

 

Sharing our prayers

 

 

Sending song             STJ  My Soul is filled with Joy

Words and music: David Haas

 

My soul is filled with joy, as I sing to God my savior:
You have looked upon your servant, You have visited your people

And Holy is your name, through all generations!
Everlasting is your mercy to the people you have chosen,
and Holy is your name.

I am lowly as a child, but I know from this day forward
that my name will be remembered, for all will call be blessed,

And Holy is your name, through all generations!
Everlasting is your mercy to the people you have chosen,
and Holy is your name.

I proclaim the pow’r of God, you do marvels for your servants;
though you scatter the proud-hearted, and destroy the might of princes,

And Holy is your name, through all generations!
Everlasting is your mercy to the people you have chosen,
and Holy is your name.

To the hungry you give food, send the rich away empty.
In your mercy you are mindful of the people you have chosen,

And Holy is your name, through all generations!
Everlasting is your mercy to the people you have chosen,
and Holy is your name.

In you love you now fulfill what you promised to your people.
I will praise you, Lord, my savior, everlasting is your mercy,

And Holy is your name, through all generations!
Everlasting is your mercy to the people you have chosen,
and Holy is your name.

 

Sending words

 

LEADER:  We have gathered as people of faith,                                            rejoicing in the       glory of the Risen Christ.                                     We go, carrying Christ’s light into the world,                                   that all may see Christ in us –                                              that we may see Christ in others. 

Christ is risen!

ALL:        Christ is risen indeed!

 

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