Easter Sunday Order of Worship

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: 1 Corinthians 15:19-22

19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

Hymn of Acclamation: “King of kings”
(Ingram, Ligertwood and Ligertwood, 2019                                                                                          

In the darkness, we were waiting
Without hope, without light
‘Til from Heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes
To fulfill the law and prophets
To a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory
To a cradle in the dirt

Praise the Father, praise the Son
Praise the Spirit, three in one
God of glory, Majesty
Praise forever to the King of Kings

To reveal the kingdom coming
And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation
You did not despise the cross
For even in Your suffering
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation
Jesus for our sake You died

Repeat Chorus

And the morning that You rose
All of Heaven held its breath
‘Til that stone was moved for good
For the Lamb had conquered death
And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come
To the Father are restored

And the church of Christ was born
Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel, shall not faint
By His blood and in His name
In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ
Who has resurrected me 

Repeat Chorus

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “Hallelujah! What a Savior!”
(Bliss, 1876)                                                                                                                

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim
Hallelujah! What a Savior!                                         

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood
He sealed my pardon with His blood
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Guilty, vile, and helpless me;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!                                        

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heaven exalted high
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah  

[Moment of Silent Reflection]   

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Redemption: “Hallelujah! What a Savior!”
(Adapted from The Valley of Vision)

O God of our Exodus – Great was the joy of Israel when Egypt died upon the shore. Far greater the joy when our Redeemer’s foe lay crushed in the dust!

Jesus strides forth from the grave as the victor: conqueror of death, hell, and all opposing forces. He bursts the bands of death, tramples the powers of darkness down, and lives forever.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

He paid our debts; rose from the grave; and triumphed over sin, Satan, and death. The claims of the Father’s justice are satisfied. The devil’s rule is shriveled up! His wrongful throne is overturned.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

O Holy Spirit, give us assurance that in Christ we died, and that in Christ we rose again! In his life we live; in his victory we triumph; and in his ascension we will be glorified when he comes again.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Adorable Jesus: you who were once lifted up on a cross are now lifted to the Father’s side in heaven. You – a man of sorrows crowned with thorns – are now Lord of Life wreathed in eternal glory. 

Once, no shame was as deep as yours. No agony was more bitter; no death was more cruel. Now, no exaltation is more high; no life more glorious; no advocate more effective.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

What more can be done than what you have already done! Your death is our life; your resurrection is our peace; your ascension is our hope; and your prayers are our comfort.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hymn of Redemption: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
(Martin Luther, 1527?)     

A mighty fortress is our God
A bulwark never failing
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing
For still our ancient foe
Does seek to work us woe
His craft and power are great
And armed with cruel hate
On earth is not his equal

If we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing
Were not the right Man on our side
The Man of God’s own choosing
You ask who that may be
Christ Jesus it is He!
The Lord of Hosts His name
From age to age the same
And He must win the battle 

And though this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us
And though this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us

If we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing

Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10    

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “How Easter Changes Everything for Everybody”
Davis Lacey – Ephesians 2:1-10

  • The resurrection changes our past (vv. 1-5)
  • The resurrection changes our future (vv. 6-7)
  • The resurrection changes our present (vv. 8-10)

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Reflection: “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”
(Matt boswell, Michael Bleecker and Matt Papa , 2013                                                                                    

Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin                                   
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory                                            
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!                                        
What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

Commissioning of the church

Hymn of New Creation: “Turn your Eyes”
(Lemmel, Sovereign grace music – 1922, 2019)

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace                                                                                                                   

Turn your eyes to the hillside
Where justice and mercy embraced
There the Son of God gave His life for us
And our measureless debt was erased

Jesus, to You we lift our eyes
Jesus, our glory and our prize
We adore You, behold You, our Savior ever true
Oh Jesus, we turn our eyes to You

Turn your eyes to the morning
And see Christ the Lion awake
What a glorious dawn, fear of death is gone
For we carry His life in our veins


Turn your eyes to the heavens
Our King will return for His own
Every knee will bow, every tongue will shout,
‘All glory to Jesus alone!’


Benediction and Sending