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Summary: Sermon at Easter on the arisen Christ.

Easter Sunrise Service 2012 (LHBC)

Welcome - The Fire Comes:

AN EASTER PRAYER AND THE OUR FATHER

Lord Jesus, we greet You, risen from the dead, victorious over sin and

death, over suffering and shame, over all evil and wrong.

Lord Jesus, we greet You, risen from the dead, overcoming by the power of love, by patient trust and perseverance, by faith in God alone.

Lord Jesus, we greet You, risen from the dead, proving that nothing can separate us from God's love, showing us how far that love will go, and suffering for the sins of the world.

Lord Jesus, we greet You, risen from the dead, and we offer You our thanks and our praise, our prayers and our worship, our devotion and our service.

Lord, Jesus, we greet You, and we pray to you, and we pray through you, and we pray with joy and confidence as you taught us, saying

Our Father...

Scripture: Mark 16

Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3 On the way they were asking each other, Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb? 4 But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.

5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, 6 but the angel said, Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. 7 Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.

8 The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened.

Then they briefly reported all this to Peter and his companions. Afterward Jesus himself sent them out from east to west with the sacred and unfailing message of salvation that gives eternal life. Amen.

Prayer:

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us a little child

one of us, flesh and blood to share in our humanity

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as carpenter

and yet in whose creative hands a world was fashioned

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as fisherman

and yet pointed to a harvest that was yet to come

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as teacher

and opened eyes to truths that only

the poor could understand

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as healer

and opened hearts to the reality of wholeness

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as prophet, priest and king

and yet humbled himself

to take our place upon the cross

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as servant

and revealed to us the extent of his Father's love

for human kind

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus, who rose

from the ignominy of a sinner's death

to the triumph of a Saviour's resurrection

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son

for the sake of me

and you

and other sinners too

God so loved the world

Blest are you Lord Jesus, our Saviour and Redeemer

AN EASTER AFFIRMATION

L There was darkness over the earth before creation;

P There is darkness in the womb before birth;

L The seed grows in darkness before it meets the light;

P There is darkness in the tomb before resurrection.

L But now Christ is risen!

P The dawn has come

L A new creation has commenced

P The world is born anew.

L Christ is Risen.

P HE IS RISEN INDEED!

L Thanks be to God!

P ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! AMEN!

Agnus Dei

Alleluia, alleluia

For our Lord God almighty reigns

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