The Resurrection of the Lord: 16 April – John 20:1-9 ~ the paradigm shift

The Resurrection of the Lord: 16 April 2017

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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Reading: John 20:1-9 (NLT)

Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed — for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead.
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Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ: in the midst of the chaos and confusion of our world, we turn to you, the author of life, to turn our mourning into gladness, and our grief into joy. Help us to set our sights on the realities of heaven.

+ You have died; we have died with you.
+ You are risen; we will rise with you.
+ You will come again in glory; we will live in glory with you.

Holy Spirit: the resurrection has changed everything. Conform our thinking to the realities of heaven, and teach us how to live in faithful obedience to your Word.

+ Teach us how to live holy lives; loving others as you have first loved us.
+ Teach us how to make allowance for others’ faults; forgiving them as you have forgiven us.
+ Teach us how to become more like Jesus; full of tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Heavenly Father: on this day, you opened for us the way to eternal life through your only Son’s victory over death. Guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus that we may live peaceful, thankful lives following as he leads. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Easter Song” – Glad


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Closing:

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

– Colossians 3:1-4
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+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



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