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A Worship Guide for Easter Sunday

We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship alone or together with others. 

Call to Worship

This is a time to meditate on God's victory over death. And it is a time to celebrate what that victory means for us. We worship God because of his power over all things, and we sing praises to him for his goodness to us through Jesus Christ, who said, "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" (John 11:25-26). That is the proimse that we embrace as we celebrate the story of Easter.

Jesus lived, then he died, then he rose and lived again. And his experience is like a template. By believing in him, we may follow that same path. We live now, and our bodies will certainly die. However, those who believe in him will follow him through death and out the other side into life everlasting. These are the truths we celebrate as we pray and sing and hear the word of God today.

Pray

Father, we are one with Adam and Eve and all humanity in our sin. Just as they rejected you, so have we, and death is the consequence. But through Christ you have swallowed up death, and now we have the confident expectation of our own resurrection. Thank you for this victory and hope. Amen

Sing

Below is the video playlist for this morning. The fourth and final song is a song that children can especially learn and sing along with. 

Pray 

Spend a few moments praising God for all that He is and all that He has done.  

“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”  (Rev 5:9,13)

Confess your sins before such a God. As one who has received His mercy & pardon, how have you spurned His kindness in recent days? Have there been evil thoughts, jealousies, self-pity, bitterness or the nursing of old wounds? Have you spoken rashly? How have you related to loved ones now that you are in close quarters for far more time than usual?

Thank the Lord that though your sins are like scarlet, he has made them white as snow through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Let Him know just how grateful you are for the cleansing and for the incredible declaration of righteousness over your poor head.

Draw near to the throne of grace with confidence. “Let your requests be made known to God” (Eph 4:6).  

1. Ask the Lord to strengthen and sustain brothers and sisters at CCC who have lost their jobs in this crisis.  

2. Pray for neighbors, friends, & family who do not know Christ, that in this time of upheaval they would squarely face the reality of their own death and accountability before God, leading to their salvation, by the power of the Holy Spirit.  

3. Pray for “kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life” (I Tim 2:2).  Ask for the Lord’s mercy on them as they make difficult decisions.  

4. Pray for the saints at Treasuring Christ Church and their leaders, that they would be “strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy” during this crisis, remaining faithful to the call of gospel proclamation and making disciples of Jesus Christ.

5. Pray for the Aweer in Kenya who are largely without a witness for Jesus Christ.  Ask the Lord of the harvest to send Kenyan and Somali believers to befriend these people and minister among them, overcoming tribal hostilities for the sake of the gospel.

Read the Bible

John 19:38 – 20:10, [38] After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. [39] Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. [40] So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. [41] Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. [42] So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. (ESV)

[20:1] Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away 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] So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. [4] Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. [5] And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. [6] Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, [7] and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. [8] Then the other disciple, who had 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 went back to their homes.

Watch the Sermon

Sermon Summary: It is hard to understate the incredible significance of Easter. Paul makes this clear in 1 Corinthains 15:3-4, "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." It is important not simply as the foundation for the Christian faith but for our joy and assurance of forgiveness, justification and eternal life with God. While we are living in uncertain times, let the certainty of Jesus, dead, buried and raised to new life create in us a joy unspeakable. The certainty of his power over death and life gives us strength in these uncertain times.  

Review and Apply

In the past, what degree of importance have you put on the burial?

How is the burial revealed as significant in the Christian faith?

Why does John mention the burial clothes left? What is the significance?

What does John now believe?

How does this story provide evidence for the resurrection?

If the resurrection is true, give three ways it ought to change your view of this present life?