Easter Sunday – What life is there after death?

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You that You are alive and that we can be alive. Thank You for the new life that You give us. Heavenly Lord God, we thank You for the love that brings us food from heaven, gives us the life of your dear Son, and assures us that we belong to the company of all his faithful people in heaven and on earth. Grant that, strengthened by this fellowship and by the power of his Holy Spirit, we may continue his work in the world, until we come to the glory of your eternal kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Worship on the Lord’s Day

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting:

L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 
     be with you
P: and also with you 

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

L: From you, Lord, and through You,
  and to You, are all things
P: To Christ be the glory forever
L: Lift up your hearts!
P: We lift them up to the Lord!

Opening praise: Everlasting God

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, We will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord 

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our strong deliverer

You are the everlasting God, the everlasting God. You do not faint, You won’t grow weary
You’re the defender of the weak, You comfort those in need, You lift us up on wings like eagles

Songwriters: Brenton Brown/ Ken Riley
©2005 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Call to worship:

L: God is creating new heavens 
    and a new earth.
P: The weary and painful past will be
    as if it never happened 
L: No one will talk 
    or even think about it anymore
P: So take joy and celebrate 
    with unending gladness
    because of what God is creating

Prayers for God’s help and guidance:

Dear Lord, where would we be without the knowledge that You are here in our midst? How could we even breathe, think or move? We need You Lord, we find it hard to fathom how there are many in this world who knowingly prefer to go without you. We ask for your presence and your active healing power in the many instances either known or unknown to us. You know who is in the hospital, would You touch each person in their various difficulties. We are aware that many are finding covid extremely stressful, or under financial pressure, emotional stress, would You also journey along in those instances.

And now, Spirit of power and new possibility, through the scriptures, open our minds to understanding, our hearts to loving, and our wills to carrying out the mission of the Risen Christ, God’s Living Word. Amen.

We celebrate at the font

Baptism:

Baptism is a gift from God. Today, on this Easter morning we have both sacraments being served, Baptism and Communion. They both are visual aids for our faith. They portray God reaching out to us. In baptism we see that God is the one taking the first step by coming to us, claiming us as God’s children, cleaning us from every sin that comes between God and us. We receive God’s gift with reverent joy and respond in faith and obedience.

Invitation:

I now ask B and E to come forward

The Presentation:

The minister says:
“Who comes to receive the gift of baptism?”

An elder (J) presents the child for baptism by saying:

“On behalf of the session,
I present R to receive the sacrament of baptism.”
B and E do you desire that R be baptized?

“We do.”

Minister addresses the parents 

B and E, do you promise to raise your child in the love and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ within the home and the fellowship of the church?

“We do.”

Minister asks the congregation 

Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture R by word and deed, with love and in prayer, encouraging her to follow the way of Christ and to be a faithful member of his church?  “We do.”

The Apostles’ Creed will be said during Communion

Let us pray:

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
We give you thanks, dear gracious Lord, for the gift of your Spirit and the sign of water. In the water of Jordan, Jesus was baptized and anointed by your Holy Spirit. And now, with your people of all times and places, we wait with eager longing as we look for the city of God, from which will flow the river of life for the healing of the nations. Gracious God; by the gift of water and your Holy Spirit You sustain all life.

[The prayer continues as the minister raises a handful of water and pours it into the font.]

Almighty God; by the power of your Holy Spirit, by the sign of this water, you cleanse from sin through the death of Jesus Christ, those who receive this sacrament; you raise them to new life through his resurrection, and you graft them into his body, the church.

Pour out your Spirit upon this your child that they she may have power to do your will and continue forever as a servant of Christ to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory now and forever. Amen.

The Act of Baptizing:

R, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you 
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.” Amen. 

Declaration and Welcome:

See what love God has given us that we should be called the children of God; and that is what we are. R, you are now received by Christ’s authority into the holy, catholic church.You are a child of God’s covenant with his children. 

(Aaronic Blessing 619)

We listen for the voice of God

Laura compiled a lovely slideshow collection of Easter artwork done by the kids of Dayspring or kids connected to Dayspring. Let’s watch it now.                     
Song: At the dawning of salvation  248              

At the dawning of salvation; in the morning of the world, Christ is raised, a living banner
by the love of God unfurled, Through the daylight, through the darkness, Christ leads on his great array: all the saints and all the sinners
he has gathered on his way. 

He is risen in the morning, he is risen from the dead; he is laughter after sadness, he is light when night has fled. He has suffered, he has triumphed, life is his alone to give: as he gave it once he gives it evermore, that we may live.

For the glory of salvation in the dawn of Easter day we will praise you, loving Father; we rejoice to sing and pray with the Son and with the Spirit
Lead us on, your great array,  saints and sinners celebrating your triumphant love today.

Words: Jock Curle © 1979 Josef Weinberger Ltd
Music: harmony © 1983 Hope Publishing Co
Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Scripture readings:                        

       Mark 16:1-8 — New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

The Resurrection of Jesus

16 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Response: 

       Alleluia, alleluia; El Señor resucito                

Message: “What life is there after death?”

Christ is Risen!
[And we as the people respond:] He is risen indeed!
A blessed Easter, everyone!
“Because I live,” Jesus said in John 14:19, “you also will live.”

It’s one thing to say we will live eternally after we die, because we believe in Jesus Christ. It’s another thing to say we are alive before we die. 

How alive are you?

There are also a whole variety of deaths to die. We can die an emotional death. A marriage can die. Passion and zeal for a cause can die. 

For these types of deaths, which aren’t the ultimate death of breathing out our last breath, and our heart stop beating, the truth is that there is life after an emotional death.

There is life after a marriage dies. There is also life after the passion and zeal for a cause dies. 

Yes, Jesus conquered the physical death. The large stone had been rolled away. “Do not be alarmed (the young man in white robes said to Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome); you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; He is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that He is going ahead of you…”

Until this day, many see this as the one anchor telling them that one day when we die, we will live forever. While this might be true, it really is only half of the truth.

Our Christian faith is a hope-filled faith. It is a faith that bites through the other types of deaths we die. It is a faith that conquers that egg-shell that can wrap so tightly around us that we give up.

Living right now, in the moment, in each moment, is what counts. 

Perhaps you feel that everything is shattered, that there is no hope left. Know that this is where there is life waiting for you. Become healed and healthy, seek help, if you can’t help yourself. There is lots of help, and there is life after death. 

This what our Easter faith is all about!

Christ is Risen!
[And we as the people respond:] He is risen indeed!
A blessed Easter, everyone! Amen

Song: Christ the Lord is risen today        247

‘Christ the Lord is risen today,’ all creation join to say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply. Love’s redeeming work is done, fought the fight, the battle won:
lo! our sun’s eclipse is o’er; lo! he sets in blood no more.

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal; Christ hath burst the gates of hell. Death in vain forbids him rise; Christ hath opened paradise. Lives again our glorious King: where, O death, is now thy sting? Once he died our souls to save;
where thy victory, O grave?

Soar we now where Christ hath led, following our exalted Head; made like him, like him we rise; 
ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Hail! the Lord of earth and heaven! Praise to thee by both be given; every knee to thee shall bow, risen Christ triumphant now.

Words: Charles Wesley, public domain

Music: George Elvey; descant, C S Lang © Novello & Co. Ltd 1953. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE
        

We celebrate at the table

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper:

Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, you formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity, made a covenant with us to be our sovereign God, and spoke to us through your prophets. So, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, 
God of power and might, 
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. 
Holy are you, and blessed is your Son, Jesus Christ.

Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.

[Let us all come to the table of the Lord!]

Affirming our faith:

Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand
of the Father,
and he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I 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

Communion prayer:

Luke 24 (institution)

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.

They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us, while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ ‘The Lord has risen indeed.’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

The Communion:

Breaking bread and offering the cup
These are the gifts of God for the people of God. (Breaking of Bread)
Because there is one bread,
we who are many are one body,
for we all partake of the one bread.
When we break the bread,
it is a sharing in the body of Christ.
The body of Christ, broken for you, take eat.
(Offering of the Wine)
When we bless the cup,
it is a sharing in the blood of Christ.
The blood of Christ, shed for you, take, drink.

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude:

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You that You are alive and that we can be alive. Thank You for the new life that You give us. Heavenly Lord God, we thank You for the love that brings us food from heaven, gives us the life of your dear Son, and assures us that we belong to the company of all his faithful people in heaven and on earth. Grant that, strengthened by this fellowship and by the power of his Holy Spirit, we may continue his work in the world, until we come to the glory of your eternal kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Response: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

Reflection on giving:

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate going around the sanctuary. It may be a while before we return to that sanctuary – but what a wonder it is to continue the precious ministry that defines Dayspring. Thank you for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: I danced in the morning             250

I danced in the morning when the world was begun, And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun, And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth: At Bethlehem I had my birth.
Refrain

Dance, then, wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the dance, said he, And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be, And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee, But they would not dance and they wouldn’t follow me; I danced for the fishermen, for James and John; They came with me and the dance went on:                                                       Refrain

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame:
The holy people said it was a shame. They whipped and they stripped and they hung me high, And they left me there on a cross to die:                   
                                                           Refrain

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone;

But I am the dance, and I still go on:      Refrain

They cut me down and I leapt up high; I am the life that’ll never, never die. I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me: I am the Lord of the dance, said he.       Refrain

Words and Music: Sydney Carter © 1963 1963 Stainer & Bell Admin Hope Publishing Company
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Encourage folks to accept random Breakout Room assignment as a way of fostering community and care for each other.

Sending out with God’s blessing:

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” (2 Corinthians 13:13)

Response: He is Lord

(Zoom breakout rooms)


Easter Sunday

10:00 am April 4, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Elder: Gina Kottke

reader: Romulus Rhoad 

vocalist: Kara Little


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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