Kingsville Presbyterian Church Virtual Easter Sunday Service: He Lives!

Up from the Grave He Arose!

Up from the grave He arose! With a mighty triumph o’re His foes!

He arose a victor from the dark domain,

And He lives forever with His saints to reign!

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah, Christ arose!

Kingsville Presbyterian Church

Pastor Bill Daywalt

Easter Sunday

April 12, 2020

Announcements

Hallelujah, Christ arose! His resurrection is bigger than the Covid-19/ Corona virus, and anything else that is going on in our lives. Thank you, God, for Your Son and the gift of eternal life!

Prelude

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Welcome

We are glad you were able to join us on this glorious Easter morning! If you have joys or concerns you would like to share with us contact Pastor Bill Daywalt. billdaywalt1@icloud.com

Call to Worship

The Call to Worship

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

          Amen.

See, my servant shall prosper!

          Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high!

          Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ was wounded for our transgressions,

          crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the punishment that made us whole,

          and by his wounds we are healed.

Christ is risen!

          He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

Hymn

   Up from the Grave He Arose

Prayer of Confession

The Prayer of Confession

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Most merciful God, we confess to you that we have broken your commandments by our own thoughts, words, and deeds. We have often despaired and not lived as your risen people. We have not loved our brothers and sisters as we ought, and we have not cared for your creation. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us, and give us the healing power of your love that we may walk again in your ways and live to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

God is gracious and merciful, and desires that we be made free of the burden of our sins. Through Jesus Christ, who bore the cross for our sake and for the sake of the whole world, there is healing, hope, and life. Your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

          Amen.

Silence for Personal Confession

We have kept our vision tunnel. Widen our vision this Easter morning. We have kept our eyes closed. Open them to You and Your world. We have kept our ears deafened. Let us hear the voices of others. We have kept our hearts hard. Soften them with your love on this Easter morning. Help us understand the meaning of Your empty tomb!

Assurance of Forgiveness

The prophets testify that all who believe in God’s messenger receive forgiveness of sin through his name. We believe that Jesus is that beloved messenger, with whom God is well pleased. Through this One on whom God’s spirit was poured out, like a descending dove, we know ourselves to be beloved by God, forgiven and freed from the bonds of sin.

Though we are bruised reeds, we will not break. Our dimly burning wicks will not be quenched. God has healed and forgiven us. We believe God loves and is pleased with us. We are witnesses from the baptized community. God sends us out to embrace others in Christ’s name.

Response to the Assurance      “Gloria Patri”

Choir

“Because He Lives I Can Face Tomorrow”

Scripture

Old Testament Reading, Isaiah 53:5-6, 10-12

          But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole,  and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him  the iniquity of us all. Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

The Epistle Reading, 1 Corinthians 15:3-11

          For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

The Gospel Reading, Luke 24:1-12

          But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened

The Message

Easter Sunday Sermon

We Are Healed

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

What did the Jesus’ followers look for three days after their Lord was put to death on a cross? They looked only for a tomb to which they would bring spices and acknowledge the death that has happened. They looked only for death. They did not look for life.

That is why the proclamation of the holy messengers takes them by surprise. “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Their Lord alive? Indeed, yes! Our Lord alive? Indeed, yes!

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

On the same day, two of Jesus’ disciples would be walking on the road to Emmaus when they were joined by a stranger. When asked by the stranger what they were discussing together, “they stood still, looking sad” (Luke 24:17). And when they told the stranger about Jesus of Nazareth, what they had to confess was only their despair: “We had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21). Sadness and despair ruled their hearts, until the stranger opened them to the message of the Scriptures, blessed and broke bread with them. Then their hearts were “burning” with joy and hope.

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

Still on the evening when the faith of the disciples had wavered, and their doors were locked in fear, “Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” Even now, only death and fear permeated their spirits. So, Jesus showed them the marks of death in his hands and his side (John 20:19-20). This is what leads the disciples to “rejoice.” Even for the straggler Thomas, Jesus again shows them these same death marks, which Thomas insists on seeing. And upon seeing them, even experiencing them by putting his finger through the holes of Jesus’ hands and Jesus’ hand through his side, Thomas would believe and confess, “My Lord and my God!”

Even in our celebration of Easter Sunday, our brows can be furrowed and our heads may look down. But Jesus comes into our midst bringing life, joy, and peace—peace with God and peace with all. That peace was first proclaimed when he was born as the angels filled the sky with glory and praise. It is now fully with us in the risen Lord in the brightness of Easter’s glory with humanity and angels singing the glorious victory of the Lamb, who was slain who has now begun his reign. Nothing will stop the risen Lord from being with us, healing our wounds with his healing wounds for the sake of the whole world.

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

The healings wounds of Easter are a sign and symbol in resurrected glory of what graces are bestowed on all who suffer. All tears will be wiped away. There will be no more crying or pain. The sins of the past are forgiven for all eternity.

You, dear brothers and sisters, are what Martin Marty once called “the evidence of resurrection.” You are that evidence despite your own wounds and bruises, your minds fraught with worries and despair, because in you is the trust that Jesus is risen from the dead and the light of Easter morning shines over all darkness. You, brothers and sisters, are the “wounded healers” as Henri Nouwen lifted up, who even get to share the promise of Jesus’ love by taking your place with the wounded, bleeding, and dying of this world, with hearts and minds and hands that reach out with our own wounds to the rest of wounded humanity and creation.

By his wounds we are healed! And there is no place or time, no tombs, no roads we travel, no doors closed in fear, nothing in all creation that will stop his healing to reach right into that moment and bring joy!

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

Hymn

He Lives!

Offertory/Offering

Crown  Him with Many Crowns

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow…

Offertory Prayer

Lord, We thank Thee with hearts filled with praise and gratitude for the gift of Your Son.  Help us appreciate your gifts and pass them on to others.

Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

The Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray for the Church, for all in need, and for the whole of God’s creation. That on this Easter Sunday, we celebrate the hope that is ours through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, who took the wounds of death into his body on the cross for the sins of the whole world.

Heal us always!

That we may never doubt you or turn away from the joy of life and light that is ours through Christ’s resurrection.

          Heal us always!

For people who know only travesty and tragedy and grave and have yet to come to the fullness of the knowledge of your risen love,

          Heal us always!

For all of your creation that moan and groan for the day of the final liberation of all your children.

          Heal us always!

For those who have died or are now dying, that the tombs ahead may also be opened in the resurrection of the dead.

          Heal us always!

Into your risen healing, wounded hands for our sake, we commend all for whom we pray.

          By Christ’s wounds, we are healed! Amen. Alleluia!

We pray the prayer that our wounded healer, Jesus the Christ, has taught us to pray:

Our Father, Which art in heaven…

Hymn

One Day When Heaven Was Filled with His Praises

Choral Benediction

Dona Nobis Pacem

Postlude

Awakening Chorus            

Thine is the Glory

Christ is Alive