Tremble O Earth At the Presence of the Lord

ResurrectionEaster Evening (March 31, 2013)

Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 114; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Luke 24:13-49

Psalm 114

When the Israelites escaped from Egypt—
    when the family of Jacob left that foreign land—
the land of Judah became God’s sanctuary,
    and Israel became his kingdom.

The Red Sea saw them coming and hurried out of their way!
    The water of the Jordan River turned away.
The mountains skipped like rams,
    the hills like lambs!
What’s wrong, Red Sea, that made you hurry out of their way?
    What happened, Jordan River, that you turned away?
Why, mountains, did you skip like rams?
    Why, hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob.
He turned the rock into a pool of water;
    yes, a spring of water flowed from solid rock.

Two More Prayers for this Week


O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night ThoughtsTonight I thought I’d do something a little different.  There have been a bunch of songs running through my head today and I thought I would share some thoughts with the songs.

Christ is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed!

Here is a new song from Keith and Kristyn Getty.  This pretty much sums up the day.  We had a wonderful resurrection celebration today at church.  It is the one time a year that we have two morning services.  Because we had some bad weather today (warm and rainy) we were inside for the first time in 4 years.  The sunrise service was wonderful, with a wonderful spirit as we sang songs of the resurrection and Pastor Barry preached a great resurrection message.

The first service was just the praise band and me leading worship, but it was nice for a change of pace and the congregation sang wonderfully.

Because He Lives!

I’ve sung this song many, many times, yet this morning it was different. Maybe because we just got home from Canada – seeing our grandson and Friday seeing Pam’s dad.  But the lyrics to this song really got to me this morning.  I ended up not singing most of the second verse, chorus and third verse.  What a wonderful song of worship written by Bill and Gloria Gaither

It has been a great week.  We had a wonderful time with Michael and Rebecca and Robert.  James and Robert really hit it off and I’m sure by June, they will be good friends.

Glorious Day!

Because Christ is risen, we have this wonderful promise – this wonderful hope that we one day too shall rise.  This was another song that we sang during our worship service this morning.  Before the song I shared my heart – I ended up talking more than I usually do – talking about the song and how it is the gospel (the Good News.) I love what Casting Crowns has done to this old gospel song.  I ended up sharing about my in-laws.  Next week marks the 5th anniversary of Pam’ mom, Shirley’s death.  I shared that because of the resurrection, that we have the very real hope of being reunited.  Without that hope, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians, we are to be pitied most of all.  What a glorious day it will be when we are reunited with the saints that have gone on before.

Christ is Risen!

So we finish where we started…the resurrection.  I love the bridge to this song. “O death where is your sting, O hell where is your victory, O church come stand in the light, Our God is not dead, He’s alive, He’s alive.!”

Roaring Like a Lion

This one is a bonus 🙂


Sunday Set List

Sunday Set List Main

Easter Sunday

March 31, 2013

Resurrection Sunday Intro

All Was Lost—Video

Lift Up Your Heads—Choir


Responsive Reading

Psalm 118

Songs of Worship

He Lives

Happy Day

Christ is Risen

Worship Through Prayer

Song of Worship

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)

He Is Lord

Worship Through Giving

Special Music

See What A Morning

Worship Through God’s Word

Song of Commitment

All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises



Sunday Set List (Sunrise Service)

Sunday Set List Main

Opening Reading

When We Least Expect It

Responsive Reading            


Songs of Worship

Christ Arose

Worship Through Prayer

Songs of Worship

Christ is Risen, Christ is Living

Because He Lives

Worship Through God’s Word

Closing Song

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today


Responsive Benediction


Easter Call To Worship

Christ is risen!

Christ is risen, indeed!

Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever!

God’s steadfast love endures forever

The Lord is our strength and might;

Today, the Lord has become our salvation!

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone

This is God’s handiwork, and it is marvelous in our eyes!

This is the day that the Lord has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Opening Prayer (Easter Sunrise)

based on John 20

O God of all our days,
we come this morning with eager anticipation.
We seek to know you, to see you, to touch you.
Open our hearts,
that we might experience you anew.
Open our lives,
that we may be faithful witnesses
to your resurrection.
May we, with shouts of joy,
proclaim your steadfast, liberating love
to all people, everywhere. Amen.

Call to Worship (Easter Sunrise)

Call to Worship for Easter Morning
For those who first went out
into the early dawn, when the sky was grey,
taking spices to the tomb,
there was terror, and surprise.
For us, resisting the impulse to sleep in
as part of a long weekend,
and being over-familiar with the Easter story,
there is the risk of complacency.
So let us open ourselves
to the astounding possibility
that life can break out
at any moment!
Let us challenge the thought
that we have planned the future
so efficiently that
there will be no surprises!
Let us face the fact
that the walls of this church,
and the life of our institution
cannot entirely contain Jesus Christ!
Let us celebrate
the irrepressible power of God
breaking out with life
where we least expect it!

Easter Call to Worship (Sunrise Service)

Responsive Reading

based on John 20

Out of the darkness of grief and despair comes a message of hope. Christ is risen.

Christ is risen, indeed.

We run to the tomb to see for ourselves. And it is true. Christ is risen.

Christ is risen, indeed.

We hear a voice call our name, and we know our risen Lord is with us now and always. Christ is risen.

Christ is risen, indeed. Thanks be to God.

An Easter Benediction (Sunrise Service)

Responsive Benediction

adapted from 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and Acts 10:39-43

Remember the Good News that we have received and proclaimed this day — the Good News in which we stand and through which we are being saved.

We will remember and hold tightly to the truth we proclaim with joy!

Christ died for our sins, just as the scriptures said that he would.

But the story doesn’t end in death! Christ was raise on the third day, just as it was promised!

We are witnesses to this Good News,

And God commands that we do not keep this news to ourselves!

We will testify to all the Christ is Lord! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Amen!