Easter Sunday Virtual Worship

Empty Tomb

The Resurrection of Our Lord

Easter Sunday

The Presbyterian Church, Coshocton, Ohio

Pastor Karen Crawford

Mark Wagner, Pianist

Mindy Brems and David Baker, Liturgists

Matt Downing, Soloist

April 12, 2020                                                                                                   10:30 a.m.

Prelude:  Because He Lives, arr. by Albin C. Whitworth

Mark Wagner, Piano


Choral Introit: Risen by Shawna Edwards

When darkness veiled the sky the day that Jesus died
In agony upon the bitter cross
They took His body down and laid it in a tomb
His friends believed that everything was lost.
But when the third day came, the darkness turned to light
For Mary heard her name and saw the living Christ.
To set the captives free
Risen to ransom you and me
To bind up every broken heart
To conquer death and sin.
To bring us home again.
And in that barren place the world forever changed
For hope was born when Jesus rose that day and
Still His wounded have revealed the love He has
For every fallen soul He came to save
And He will come again, and I’ve by one we’ll rise
To praise His Holy Name and see the Living Christ.
To set the captives free
Risen to ransom you and me
To bind up every broken heart
To conquer death and sin.
To bring us home again.

Opening Sentences: Mindy Brems & David Baker

The Lord is risen! Alleluia!

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

Gathering Prayer: David Baker

Brightness of God’s glory and exact image of God’s person, whom death could not conquer nor the tomb imprison, as you have shared our frailty in human flesh, help us to share your immortality in the Spirit. Let no shadow of the grace terrify us, and no fear of the darkness turn our hearts from you. Reveal yourself to us this day and all our days, as the first and the last and the Living One, our immortal Savior and Lord. Amen.

Hymn 113    Christ the Lord Is Risen Today! 

  1. Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!  Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!  Sing, ye heav’ns and earth reply. Alleluia!
  2. Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the vict’ry won, Alleluia! Jesus’ agony is o’er, Alleluia! Darkness veils the earth no more, Alleluia!
  3. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

(arr. by Mack Wilberg; video courtesy of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Salt Lake City, Utah)

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Holy One, like the women who came to your tomb as the first day of the week was dawning and found the tomb empty, we have such good news to tell. For you, Lord, have cast off your grave clothes and shattered the powers of sin and death. But we have heard this news before. How o-en have we let our “alleluias” fall silent as we passed through the church doors? How o-en have we returned to daily routines as if Easter changes nothing? How o-en have our ac ons belied the power of resurrection to transform our world? Risen Lord, forgive us for our half-hearted witness. Free us from the bindings of fear or indifference, disappointment or disenchantment. Fill us with the light of resurrection and send us into the world to proclaim in word and deed that we have seen the Lord! Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Soloist: Matt Downing

I Know That My Redeemer Liveth from Messiah by G. F. Handel (1685-1759)

Time with Children

Prayer for Illumination           Mindy Brems

Colossians 3:1-4  Mindy Brems & David Baker

This is the Word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God!

Anthem: Easter Song by Keith Green

Hear the bells ringing
They’re singing that you can be born again
Hear the bells ringing
They’re singing Christ is risen from the dead
The angel up on the tombstone
Said He has risen, just as He said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead
Joy to the world, He has risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
Hear the bells ringing
They’re singing that you can be healed right now
Hear the bells ringing, they’re singing
Christ, He will reveal it now
The angels, they all surround us
And they are ministering Jesus’ power
Quickly now, reach out and receive it
For this could be your glorious hour
Joy to the world, He has risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah

Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10

     After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 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. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 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.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 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.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.       Praise to you, O Christ!

Message      He Has Been Raised, As He Said

Hymn 122    Thine Is the Glory

  1. Thine is the glory, Risen, conquering Son; Endless is the victory Tho’er death hast won. Angels in bright raiment Rolled the stone away, Kept the folded graveclothes Where Thy body lay. Thine Is the glory, Risen conquering Son; Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.
  2. Lo! Jesus meets us, Risen from the tombl Lovingly He greets us, Scatters fear and gloom. Let the church with gladness Hymns of triumph sing, For the Lord now liveth; Death hath lost its sting. Thine is the glory, Risen conquering Son; Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.
  3. No more we doubt Thee, Glorious Prince of life! Life is nought without Thee; Aid us in our strife. Make us more than conquerors Through Thy deathless love; Bring us safe through Jordan To Thy home above. Thine is the glory, Risen conquering Son; Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.

(Arr. by Robert Hobby; video courtesy of First-Plymouth Church; Lincoln, Nebraska)

Affirmation of Faith: The Nicene Creed

Let us say what we believe.

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God; eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, being of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made; For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became truly human; For our sake, he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. One the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father; He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, And his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken by the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins; We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Invitation to the Table

The Great Thanksgiving and Lord’s Prayer

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.

Breaking the Bread

Distribution of the Bread and Cup

Share with one another. “The Body of Christ given for you.”  “The cup of salvation, shed for the forgiveness of sins.”

Prayer After Communion

Gracious God, we give you thanks that by the witness of your word and the sharing of this meal you have opened our hearts and eyes to the presence of Christ among us. Now send us forth from this place by the power of your Spirit to tell this good news to the world: The Lord has risen indeed! Amen.

Hymn 118: The Day of Resurrection!
  1. The day of resurrection!  Earth, tell it out abroad; the passover of gladness, the passover of God. From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky, our Christ hath brought us over, with hymns of victory.                                                 
  2. Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright the Lord in rays eternal of resurrection light; and listening to his accents, may hear, so calm and plain, his own “All hail!” and, hearing, may raise the victor strain. 
  3. Now let the heavens be joyful! Let earth the song begin! Let the round world keep triumph and all that is therein! Let all things seen and unseen their notes in gladness blend, for Christ the Lord hath Risen, our joy that hath no end.
(arr. by Shelton Ridge Love; video courtesy of Beckenhorst Press, Inc.)
Receive the good news! Christ is risen from the dead. Tell the good news: the power of death shall no more oppress us. Live the good news: we are free to love as he has loved us. May God who raised Jesus from the dead bless you and by the power of the Holy Spirit raise you with him in glory. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Postlude: Come, Christians,  Join to Sing , arr. by Mark Hayes

Mark Wagner, Piano

Published by karenpts

I am the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, New York on Long Island. Come and visit! We want to share God’s love and grace with you and encourage you on your journey of faith. I have served Presbyterian congregations in Minnesota, Florida and Ohio since my ordination in 2011. I am a 2010 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and am working on a doctor of ministry degree with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I am married to Jim and we have 5 grown children and two grandchildren in our blended family. We are parents to fur babies, Liam, an orange tabby cat, and Minnie, a toy poodle.

4 thoughts on “Easter Sunday Virtual Worship

  1. Thank you for your hard work in putting together a wonderful Easter Service. I was encouraged by it and wanted you to know that I appreciated this “new way” of worshipping the Living Christ. The Lord has risen indeed!

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