Just Getting Started

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives an Easter message of encouragement about God’s glorious plan and encourages us to be creative in spreading the Good News. Based on Matthew 28:1-10

“Just Getting Started” Dr. Jonathan Sloan

He is Risen! Sunday morning Easter service 2020: Catch the entire Sunday service here, including special music with the brass ensemble!

Posted by First Presbyterian Church of Omaha on Monday, April 13, 2020

The Service for the Resurrection of the Lord
Easter Sunday
April 12, 2020    10:30 a.m.


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Prelude                                                       “Rejoice, the Lord is King”                                                 arr. R Schram


News of the Church


The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

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Call to Worship

Leader:     We gather this morning in awe and wonder;

People:    knowing the love of God is so vast, He became one of us; to be one with us.

Leader:     We gather this morning in great sorrow

People:    knowing the love of Jesus is so intense, He suffered and died for us.

       Leader:     We gather this morning in joyful praise knowing the power of faith is so immense that belief in

Christ’s resurrection frees us and redeems us!  Our faith brings us together, even while we are

physically apart.  Christ is risen!

ALL:        He is risen indeed, Alleluia!


Hymn                                                                 “Celebrate Jesus”


Celebrate Jesus, celebrate.  Celebrate Jesus, celebrate.

Celebrate Jesus, celebrate.  Celebrate Jesus, celebrate.


He is risen, He is risen,

and He lives forevermore.


He is risen, He is risen,

come on and celebrate

the resurrection of our Lord.


Celebrate Jesus, celebrate.  Celebrate Jesus, celebrate.

Celebrate Jesus, celebrate.  Celebrate Jesus, celebrate.


He is risen, He is risen,

and He lives forevermore.


He is risen, He is risen,

come on and celebrate

the resurrection of our Lord.


Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, especially at difficult times like these, we often are confused and have feelings of doubt.  We can empathize with the disciples: locked apart from others, separated from their teacher, isolated, nervous and frightened.  We understand their disbelief and distrust because we often share these feelings with them.  Lord, be with us as we recall Your miracles, Your promises, and Your return.  Encourage us to remember that we cannot lock You out; You come to us, whether behind chained doors or closed hearts. Strengthen us to do Your work and remind us that we are just getting started… (Silent time of prayer)


Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus knows our weaknesses and understands our fears, but He also       knows our hearts and our

desires to serve Him.  He reaches for us from atop the cross that could not deter Him.  He comes

to us from the empty tomb that could not hold Him.  He calls to us above the noise of the world

that cannot silence Him.  His love and mercy know no boundaries.

ALL:         Thanks be to God!


The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.



Children’s Message


Message          “Just Getting Started”           Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Matthew 28:1-10

The Resurrection of Jesus
28 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”



Hymn #327                                     “From All That Dwell Below the Skies”


From all that dwell below the skies

let the Creator’s praise arise:

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Let the Redeemer’s name be sung

through every land, in every tongue.

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!


In every land begin the song;

To every land the strains belong:

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

In cheerful sound all voices raise

And fill the world with joyful praise.

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!


Eternal are thy mercies, Lord:

Eternal truth attends thy word:

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,

Till suns shall rise and set no more.

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!


*The Apostles’ Creed,

            I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

       And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

       I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen


Pastoral Prayer:  “Praise Song for the Pandemic”


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Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him all creatures here below;

Praise him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.


Prayer of Dedication


“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Ps. 34:8

All who put their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, whether from this church or another Christian fellowship,

are invited and encouraged to share in the Lord’s Supper.


The Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Words of Institution




The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Bread (You may partake of the bread when you receive it for your personal communion with Christ.)

Cup     (Please hold the cup until all have been served that we may commune together showing our

oneness in Christ.)


The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

       Eternal God, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. Renew in us faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray: 


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.



Hymn #232                                              “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”


Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!


Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!

unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!

who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!

sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!


But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!

our salvation have procured. Alleluia!

Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!

where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!


Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!

praise eternal as God’s love. Alleluia!

Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!



Postlude                                                            “Thine Is the Glory”                                                       arr. L Larson


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As you leave today, do so in the sure confidence that Jesus lived for you,

 died for you and resurrected for you so that nothing can separate you from His love.

When Jesus emerged from the tomb, His work was just getting started.


Our sincere thanks for those sharing their talents to glorify God in worship this morning:

                                    Trumpet                     French Horn                          Trombone

                                Brian Nelsen                    Marina Krol              Gabrielle Chatman

                               Sam Kalhorn                                                           Dylan Miller