Easter Sunrise Service

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 8, 2012                                          7:30am

  Opening Drama          "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny"

  Responsive Call to Worship                                                                      668

*Hymn                          "I know that my Redeemer lives"                            279

*Opening Prayer

  The Resurrection Morning Story according to John  (20:1-10)

  Song                                      "God sent his Son"                                      345

  The Resurrection Morning Story according to John  (20:11-18)

  Song                             "Lord, I lift your name on high"

  Video                                      "Christ is Risen"

  Song                                             "Alleluia"


*Song                          "Fresh as the morning" (lyrics, mp3)


*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

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Call to Worship

Leader: This the day that the Lord has made.
                 Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
People: This is the day that the stone is cast aside
                 And the mantle of darkness is torn away.
Leader: God has swallowed up death forever
                 And brushed our tears away.
People: This is the day of salvation.
Leader: Be glad and rejoice -
                 The Lord of light has come and reigns forever.
             Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen indeed!
       All: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Hymnal #668. Altered from
All the Seasons of Mercy, by Diane Karay,
John Knox Press, © 1987 Diane Karay.

Opening Prayer

The sunrise comes upon us so quickly, and we are not quite prepared for your resurrection, Lord. We have been busy coloring eggs, fixing special foods, waiting for the Easter bunny. We have not had time to listen.
            Yet outside we hear the joyful sound of birds. We see the blooms bursting forth from bulbs planted in the cold earth. We feel an exuberance in the fresh air of the warming spring. You are alive, O Lord. We are alive in you. With all nature and with Christians everywhere, we shout the good news: “Christ our Lord is risen. Alleluia.

by Jack W. Lowe jr., adapted
from Living Waters: Worship Resources for Congregational Life
No. 18, March 1994
Church of the Brethren General Board

"Christ is Risen"
(Romans 6:1-14, Hebrews 12:1-3, Luke 10:27 from The Message)




            Gracious God, Power of Life, we praise you that you have not abandoned us to the living death of sin and despair, but that, with Jesus Christ, you have lifted us up from the grave. Grant that we might live in newness of life, that we might ourselves know the power of the resurrection, now and in the world to come; for it is in the name of the risen Christ that we pray. Amen.

by Ruth C. Duck
from Bread for the Journey,
©1981 The Pilgrim Press, p. 46


May the Living God,
            revealed in the Bible and
                  discovered afresh in the
                        dawning of each new morning,
      bless you with “strength for today and
                              bright hope for tomorrow.”
May the One who rolled away the stone long ago
      pave the way for you, and all of us together,
            to follow the risen Christ.
                  He is alive! Amen.

(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)



©2012 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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