Liturgy for Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011

 

Entering into Worship
Call to Worship Psalm 16:1-2, 5-11
Invocation Psalm 124:8
Salutation Romans 1:7
Opening Prayer
Psalm of Praise When in the Night I Meditate (Psa 16) #22:1-4
Confession of Sin
Reading of the Law Exodus 20:1-17
General Confession
The Resurrection by Matthias Grünewald, 1515

The Resurrection by Matthias Grünewald, 1515

O Lord, I marvel that Thou should become incarnate,
be crucified, dead, and buried.
The tomb calls forth my adoring wonder,
for it is empty and Thou art risen;
the four Gospels confirm it,
the living witnesses prove it,
my soul knows it.
Give me to die with Thee that I may rise to new life,
for I wish to be as dead and buried
to sin, to selfishness, to the world;
that I might not hear the voice of the deceiver,
and might be delivered from his temptations.
O Lord, there is much sin about me—crucify it,
much sinful desire within me—mortify it.
Purge me from selfishness, the fear of man, the love of approval,
the shame of being thought old-fashioned,
the desire to be sophisticated or modern.
Let me count my old life dead because of crucifixion,
and never feed it as a living thing. Amen.
–from theValley of Vision (modernized English)

Assurance of Pardon Hebrews 9:14
The blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purifies our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Response of Gratitude
The Creed Heidelberg Catechism 45, 57
Psalm of Thanksgiving The Lord I Will at All Times Bless (Psa 34) #58:1-3
Offerings

Congregational Prayer
Service of the Word
Scripture Lessons Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:10-12 (text); Philippians 2:1-11
Psalm of Preparation The Glorious Gates of Righteousness (Psa 118) #234:1,2,4,8
Sermon The Servant High, Lifted Up, and Exalted
Leaving to Serve
Prayer of Consecration
Grant me to stand with my dying Savior,
to be content to be rejected,
to be willing to take up unpopular truths,
and to hold fast despised teachings until death.
Help me to be determined and Christ-controlled.
Never let me wander from the path of obedience to Thy will.
Strengthen me for the battles ahead.
Give me courage for all the trials, and grace for all the joys.
Help me to be a happy, holy person,
free from every wrong desire,
from everything contrary to Thy mind.
Grant me more and more of the resurrection life;
may it rule me,
may I walk in its power, and be strengthened through its influence.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.
Song of Consecration The Day of Resurrection #364:1-3
Doxology Now Blessed Be Jehovah God #488 :1-2
Benediction Hebrews 13:20-21
Amen! Three-Fold Amen

 

Heidelberg Catechism 45, 57

45. Minister: What benefit do we receive from the “resurrection” of Christ?
A. Congregation: First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, that He might make us partakers of the righteousness which He has obtained for us by His death. Second, by His power we are also now raised up to a new life. Third, the resurrection of Christ is to us a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.

57. Minister: What comfort do you receive from the “resurrection of the body?”
A. Congregation: That not only my soul after this life shall be immediately taken up to Christ its Head, but also that this my body, raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul, and made like the glorious body of Christ.

Sermon Outline: The Servant High, Lifted Up, and Exalted

1. In Spite of His Disfigured Appearance
2. He Shall Prolong His Days
3. He Shall Sprinkle the Nations

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