Who We Are: Redeemed

For Easter, Dr. Jonathan Sloan continues our series “Who We Are” with a sermon about the Resurrection and how it leads to our redemption. Based on Luke 24:1-12

Leading into the sermon is Dr. Jennifer Blake’s Resurrection message to the children, followed by the Anthem which was accompanied by brass instruments, The sermon starts around 9 minutes in.

The Service for the Resurrection of the Lord

                           Easter Sunday

                April 21, 2019    10:30 a.m.



“Risen Indeed!”                                        arr. T Beaney

“Thine Is the Glory”                                     arr. L Larson (Brass)


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*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


*Hymn                                      “We Know that Christ is Raised”                            H Hopson


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!

Christ is risen!

ALL:        He is risen indeed, Alleluia!


*Hymn                                    “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”       Giglio and Tomlin


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, when reading the Bible, we are confused at the lack of faith often shown by the disciples.  We wonder how those who knew Jesus could ever doubt Him; yet we know Him, and we have endless doubts.  We easily believe the believable, and we regularly doubt the doubtful.  How can a mere man build an ark, or live inside a whale?  How can our Savior die on the cross?  How can His death free us from death?  How can His resurrection become our redemption?  Help us to release our doubts, and hold tightly to the certainty of Your promise to love us forever…(Silent time of prayer)

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus knows our weaknesses and understands our skepticism, 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

After the Children’s Message, children 7 and younger may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other childrn are asked to remain in worship.


Anthem                                              “In Christ Alone”                                       arr. B Harlan

Chancel Choir


Message                “Who We Are:  Redeemed”            Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Luke 24:1-12

The Resurrection of Jesus
1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5 The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.



*Hymn #232                                                                          “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”


Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

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.


Offering Anthem                      “Forever (We Sing Alleluia)”                                 H Sorenson

Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn #246                                                                                                 “Christ Is Alive”




Postlude                                   “Rejoice, the Lord Is King”                                     J Darwall

Brass                                                           arr. R Schram



*Please stand, in body or in spirit