Easter Sunday Devotional
As we step into our worship this Resurrection Sunday, let’s begin with a song. (sorry for any ad pop ups you may get)
Song: Lead Me To The Cross
I mentioned on Friday that we would finish of our Responsive Reading this morning. This is because this final reading points us forward. It gives us a hope for the future. Let’s read together now…
Pastor: With three days of mourning, Jesus’ followers believed they were closing this chapter of their lives.
Response: Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.
Pastor: Through those three days, Jesus accomplished not an end but a beginning.
Response: See, I am making all things new!
On Friday, we read John’s account of Jesus’ journey from the garden to the tomb in chapters 18 & 19. This morning we will look at chapter 20 to read of the empty tomb.
Scripture: John 20:1-10
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
HE IS RISEN (HE IS RISEN INDEED)
Join us as we sing a proclamation that Jesus has indeed risen…
Message: Easter Sunday Message
As we transition to communion, I want us to read from I Corinthians 11:23-26…
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
The practice of communion is a time where we get to proclaim the Lord’s death. It’s a time where we examine ourselves and consider if we are living in the fullness of all that He died for. It’s a time for us to receive from him all that he has for us. It is an invitation from him to come.
As we prepare to partake in the Bread and the Cup, listen to the invitation to come to the table. It isn’t an invitation for perfect people, but rather one for those living by God’s grace. People like you and me who have been redeemed and set free by the shed blood of Jesus.
Song: Come to The Table
Isaiah 53:4-5 says…
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Before you partake of the bread, take time to thank Jesus for his sacrifice. If you are in need of healing, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually ask him for it and receive from him. His death has made this part of our privilege as His followers.
Let’s partake of the bread…
Hebrews 9:22 says…
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
And Hebrews 9:28…
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
In the shedding of Christ’s blood, we have a one-time, eternal sacrifice given for the forgiveness of sin. It is finished!
Before you partake of the cup, take time to thank Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins.
Let’s partake of the cup…
Song: O Praise the Name
Before the benediction, I just want to share a few announcements:
- Tuesday Prayer Meeting – We will again meet for prayer online via ZOOM. Watch your email for the link to join and share your prayer requests with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thursday, April 16th | Shroud of Turin Presentation via ZOOM | The Passion of Jesus in the light of Scripture| 7:00 PM
The Shroud of Turin is an ancient 14-foot long linen cloth believed by many to be the actual burial garment of Jesus Christ. While this belief is not crucial to one’s faith, it is a fascinating discussion and has proven for some to be a silent witness of the passion and resurrection of Jesus. If you are interested in attending, please email Pastor Dave at email@example.com. The ZOOM invitation will be sent out on Thursday afternoon.
- Although regular office hours are suspended we continue to work. If you need anything please contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Greg (email@example.com).
- Feel free to share this and other email communications with others. Some from the church are not on the email list and we have had a few that have not received it even though they are on the list. Please help us make sure that people are keeping connected.
Offering: As you give, remember that our generous response back to God with our offering is a part of our worship.
- Do your giving each week as part of this devotional/worship time. I know it is not exactly the same thing, but it does help us view our giving as worship rather than simply a financial transaction
- Take time to pray as you give. Thank God for what he has given to you, acknowledge your trust in him for tomorrow, and tell him why you give to him and the work of his church.
- Best – E-Transfer (no fees)
- firstname.lastname@example.org is the email address you will need to make an e-transfer
- Please include your first and last name in the memo box
- If you know your envelope number please include it in the memo box (*Do not include the # sign as it will not accept that)
- Still good, but with fees – Canada Helps
- https://bayridgealliance.ca/give-with-canada-helps/ and click on the donate button to give
Thank you for honouring God by supporting the Church.
Now, let’s close with our benediction…
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.