April 12, 2020: Easter Sunday: “Show Us Your Resurrection Power and Love!”

Welcome!

Ideally, we would gather together in worship, catching up on each other’s lives, being encouraged by each other’s smiles, weeping with each other in our tears, joining our voices in songs of faith and lament and hope and praise, lifting up our prayers to God, hearing God’s voice to us through Scripture and story and thoughtful reflection. However, since we cannot gather in person at this time, let us join together in spirit in this service of worship.

Preparing for Worship

Hallelujah! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Today is the high point of the church year: Easter Sunday, the celebration of God’s resurrection of the crucified Jesus from the dead! All the shame and condemnation Jesus experienced, all the rejection and abandonment, the fear and futility, the suffering and sorrow, pain and death—all these burdens of sin, our own and others, which we ourselves experience in this life—all has been transformed by God into new life. It is the basis of our hope, the impetus of our faith, and the ground of our life in Christ, walking in Jesus’ life-giving way of love by God’s Spirit.

We’ve got lots of music today. Enjoy, and let’s celebrate together!

Opening Anthem

Listen to this choral rendition of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” by the Joslin Grove Choral Society, chosen for us today by Loretta T. You are welcome to sing along, or you might want to just listen (since we’ll be singing this one later, too!).

Call to Worship

Here is the Call to Worship led by Lawrence S. and several members of our MMC family. Please read along below as you listen.

Leader: The Lord is risen!

People: The Lord is risen indeed!

Leader: Let all the people of Morden Mennonite Church declare:

People: The Lord is risen indeed!

Leader: Let all the earth declare:

People: The Lord is risen indeed!

All: Hallelujah!

Songs of Praise

Let us join together in joyful song! Sing along to HWB 273 “Low in the Grave He Lay” (by Robert Lowry), accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Saviour,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Saviour,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!

Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Saviour;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Now let’s join together in singing HWB 280 “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” (by Charles Wesley), accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
All creation joins to say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, O heav’ns, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once, he all doth save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy pow’r to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

Offering

We cannot collect the offering as we normally do, but you can continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can give online if you have an Access Credit Union account—please see the information here.

Special Music

Listen to two selections played by Carri, Thomas, Sam, and Aidan K. The first is HWB 269 “Thine is the Glory” and the second is HWB 106 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.” Sing along in the hymn books if you wish!

Affirming Our Faith

On this Easter Sunday we affirm our faith in God together. Read along below with Lawrence S. as he leads us in this creed adapted from STJ 135.

Leader: The creed we will share together is based on the “Hispanic Creed” found in the back of our Sing the Journey song books. As you are able, according to your conscience, let us confess our faith together:

All: We believe in God, the Almighty,
Creator of the heavens and the earth,
Creator of all peoples and all cultures,
Creator of all tongues and races.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Lord,
God made flesh in a person for all humanity,
God made flesh in an age for all ages,
God made flesh in one culture for all cultures,
God made flesh in love and grace for all creation.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
through whom God incarnate in Jesus Christ
makes God’s presence known in our peoples and our cultures;
through whom God, Creator of all that exists,
gives us power to become new creatures;
whose infinite gifts make us one people:
the Body of Christ.

We believe in the church universal
because it is a sign of God’s reign,
whose faithfulness is shown in its many hues
where all the colours paint a single landscape,
where all tongues sing the same praise.

We believe in the reign of God—the day of the Great Faspa
when all the colours of creation will form a harmonious rainbow,
when all peoples will join in joyful banquet,
when all tongues of the universe will sing the same song.

And because we believe, we commit ourselves:
to believe for those who do not believe,
to love for those who do not love,
to dream for those who do not dream,
until the day when hope becomes reality. Amen.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pray for the vulnerable, the sick, caregivers, medical professionals, and other critical workers, as well as those experiencing economic hardship, loneliness, fear of domestic abuse, mental ill health, and more. Pray for wisdom for governments and health authorities as they respond to this outbreak. Pray for our church and community. May God have mercy upon us.
  • Our Church Ministries Committee: Walter W. (chair), Dianna F., Alfred R., Dorothy R., Kristy L. H., Michael P., and Lawrence S. Pray for them as they oversee the ministries of the church, and especially the spiritual care of the congregation, through these times of challenge and change.
  • Those facing significant personal challenges, both concerns share publicly and burdens borne privately, including Erna H. in the sudden passing of Peter last week. May each one experience God’s sufficient grace, and our compassionate care, over the coming days.
  • Those with special reasons to rejoice, even in the midst of difficult times. May they know God’s delight in them. May we all experience bright moments of joy, guilt-free, in these difficult times.
  • Us as a church this Easter season, that we would discover the life of the risen Christ within us and among us in new, even unexpected ways. May we know the hope to which we have been called and the immeasurable greatness of God’s life-giving power (Eph 1:15-23).

Let’s lift these joys and sorrows up to God, for God cares for us! Spend some time praying for these and other things that come to mind. If you prayed for someone by name, let them know this week that you did so.

Prayer Song

As you continue in a spirit of prayer, listen to Linda P. play “Be Still and Know.”

Scripture Reading

Here is the Scripture Reading from John 20:1-18, adapted from The Voice translation. The Scripture is read by Lawrence S. (narrator), Greg L. (Jesus), and Andrea T. (Mary Magdalene).

Children’s Focus

Children, gather round for a Jesus story! Brenda U. F. has chosen this story to share with you:

You can also print this colouring page of Jesus meeting Mary Magdalene in the garden after he was raised from the dead by God. If your child colours it, we’d like to see it! Take a picture of your child’s coloured page and send it by text or email to Pastor Michael. See the church Facebook page for last week’s contributions from some of our MMC kids.

This colouring page was downloaded from SuperColoring.com.

Meditation

Here is Michael’s meditation on our Scripture texts: “Show Us Your Resurrection Power and Love!”

Song of Praise

Sing along to the refrain and verses 1-2 of STS 89 “Christ is Alive” (by Brian Wren and Lori True), accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new,
our God is making all things new!

This is a day of new beginnings,
time to remember, and move on,
time to believe what love is bringing,
laying to rest the pain that’s gone.

For by the life and death of Jesus,
love’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of diff’rence,
as faith and hope are born again.

Benediction

Listen to this special Easter Benediction over us, prayed by Lawrence S.

Sending Song

Let’s go out with a song on our lips and praise in our hearts! Join in singing STS 90 “Oh, How Good is Christ the Lord,” accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. You may want to follow the lyrics below, as they include our special MMC verses!

Oh, how good is Christ the Lord!
On the cross he died for me.
He has pardoned all my sin.
Glory be to Jesus.

Glory be to Jesus!
Glory be to Jesus!
In three days he rose again.
Glory be to Jesus!

Oh, how good is Christ the Lord!
He was buried in the tomb.
In the shroud of death he lay.
Glory be to Jesus.

Oh, how good is Christ the Lord.
From the tomb he rose again.
He has conquered death for me.
Glory be to Jesus.

In the Week Ahead

In the week ahead feel free to use this prayer guide adapted from the worship material used for this morning’s service. Also, check the church website and church Facebook page regularly for resources for staying connected and for spiritual growth during this time. If you want specific info about our Zoom Sharing & Prayer and Drop-in-Bible-Study times, please contact Pastor Michael. Grace and peace to you this week!

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