Home Worship for April 4, 2021

Resurrection Sunday

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

If you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain safe as much as possible. 

Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones. 

If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch!

Traditional Easter Greeting

Leader: Christ is Risen!

People: He is Risen, indeed!

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

The traditional Easter Hymn to sing along.


Prayer for Resurrection Sunday

When everything was dark and it seemed that the sun would never shine again, your love broke through. Your love was too strong, too wide, too deep for death to hold. The sparks cast by your love dance and spread and burst forth with resurrection light.

Gracious God, We praise you for the light of new life made possible through Jesus. We praise you for the light of new life that shone on the first witnesses of resurrection. We praise you for the light of new life that continues to shine in our hearts today.

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy, will live in us each day; and that we will be bearers of that light into the lives of others. Amen.

written by the Rev. Michaela Youngson, UMC UK

Sermon for Resurrection Sunday

Rev. Emily Denmark-McGee

Love Is the Way Series

Scripture: John 20:11-18

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.


Offering Prayer

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Offering Prayer: Mighty God of Resurrection power: We so desperately need the “Alleluia!” morning! We have lived with death for so long; we have been trapped in our tombs so long, we could not be more anxious to hear the report from Mary, “I have seen the Lord!” We know in our hearts that you have been with us through all the past year has handed us, and we have seen you in the generosity of heart that has brought us through these days. As we give back to you this day, may we do so as those convinced that light will always wash away darkness, and life will always defeat death! In the name of our risen Savior, we pray. Amen. (John 20:1-18)

Come Alive (Dry Bones) - Oceanview Worship


Easter Blessing

Go in peace, as witnesses of the risen Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.

— from the Lutheran Church of Australia

Closing Song: Handels' "Hallelujah Chorus"

Feel free to sing-a-long at home.


Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Resurrection of the Lord April 4, 2021 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.

1st Reading: Acts 10:34-43

Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Gospel: John 20:1-18