He is risen! Have you ever noticed that in the west, most depictions of the resurrection just have Jesus rising up alone? Well, in the east, they depicted the resurrection not just with Jesus, but with others, too. That’s because the resurrection isn’t just about Jesus. It’s about Jesus and you and me and all of humanity rising up to eternal life right now. Because nothing, not even death, can separate us from the love of God. This is Resurrection. This is Easter.
Our in-person service today included an Easter Pageant! Click here to view. Jesus – David Palanuk | Mary Magdalene – Erika Beseda | Peter – Larry Kirk | Judas – Joel Eckdahl | Thomas – Jim Robinson | Mary of Nazareth – Denise Andersen. He is risen!
Prelude – Jean Herrera Welcome – Adam Ericksen Lighting of the Peace Candle – Jessica Gonzalez and Melanie Horbert All: We pray for peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our communities, in our nations, and in our worlds. Song: Christ the Lord Scripture Readings – John 20 Call to Worship Melanie: We are here today because Mary of Magdala once said, Jessica/All: “I have seen the Lord!” Melanie: We are here because Jesus still comes into our locked spaces and says: Jessica/All: “Peace be with you. Receive the Holy Spirit.” Melanie/One: We are here today like doubting Thomas who finally cried out: Jessica/All: “My Lord and my God.” Melanie/One: We are here like Peter, tempted to forget the call of Jesus: Jessica/All: “I’m going fishing.” Melanie/One: We are here as a congregation only because many have listened to Jesus’ words: Jessica/All: “Do not be afraid. Go and tell, ‘Jesus has been raised.’” Amen. Children’s Moment Passing of the Peace Song: Coronation Offering Prayers Sermon – Let Go of Jesus Benediction