Morning Worship – “We Rise because He Rose”
He is risen! That is good news. Very good news in fact. For Paul, it is the best of news—without the resurrection, we are, according to him, “of all people most to be pitied.”
But, in fact, “Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20). That means so many things. It means salvation. Victory. New life—new life precisely when life was impossible. It means we rise. That’s the hopeful joy that we celebrate on Easter. We rise, and we rise only because he rose.
Passages for Meditation
- Romans 6:3-5. We were baptized into his death. What does that mean? What happens as a result? Why, then, is the resurrection significant?
- John 20:1-18
- Isaiah 26:19. Consider how odd it is for the poet to be speaking to those who are dead; he even commands them! What impact does that have that, say, a straightforward description (like, “they will awake…”) doesn’t?
- Isaiah 52:1-2
- Ephesians 5:8-14. What does it mean to dwell in darkness? How has God made us children of light, and what does that mean? Where does darkness still abide in your life, and how would the resurrection speak hope to you?
Hymns for Proclamation
- 277- “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”
- 274- “Thine be the Glory”
- 267- “The Day of Resurrection”
We will not have an evening worship service, or morning Sunday School, this week. We would encourage you to use the time for rest, fellowship, reflection, and praise.