Resurrection Sunday, 12 April – Service Content

Resurrection Sunday, 12 April – Service Content

After kicking off our Easter service with a church Zoom call (link sent out in the WhatsApp group), we can continue with family worship and learning in our homes.

Kids & Teens

You can download the printable worksheets for today here:

And here’s the extended lesson content, including teaching materials, games, videos, and questions. The Bible reading for today is John 20:1-31.

This is linked from that PDF, but here’s an introductory video from for the kids, and one showing how the game for today works:

The video below covers the story for today – the Easter story:

In addition to that you can watch the video below with your family as a fun, visual overview of the same story:

Adults

As you get ‘ready’ for church today, we’d like to encourage you to listen to this new song by Getty Music. It is based on this first question from the Heidelberg catechism which is so relevant to us right now: “WHAT IS YOUR ONLY COMFORT IN LIFE AND IN DEATH?”

For centuries, believers have learned the Christian faith beginning with that question. It’s the first article in the Heidelberg Catechism of 1563. Why start there? Because death is our common fate. Unless Jesus returns first, we will all die. To find comfort in life, we must know how we can face death. Hope comes only in trusting the one who died to take the curse of death and who crushed the power of death by his resurrection. “Christ has been raised from the dead” (1 Cor 15:20). That is the only statement that can transform how we live each day and how we prepare for our earthly life to end.

The hope of the resurrection spurs us to sing. That’s why a group of songwriters from Getty Music wrote the modern hymn “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death.” Like the Heidelberg Catechism that inspired it, this song is honest about death. There is no need to shrink back from mentioning death in our hymns, because we know the Living One who has conquered death forever. The Christian can sing hallelujah, because Christ assures us of our glorious future. Now and ever, we confess: “I am not my own, but belong—body and soul in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Here is the sermon for this week:

The Bible reading for today is John 20:1-23.

If you can’t watch the video or would rather just listen to it, you can play the audio here:

Here is the prayer mentioned at the end of the sermon:

Dear God,

I know that I am not worthy to be accepted by you. I don’t deserve your gift of eternal life. I am guilty of rebelling against you and ignoring you. I need forgiveness.

Thank you for sending your son to die for me that I may be forgiven. Thank you that he rose from the dead to give me new life.

Please forgive me and change me, that I may live with Jesus as my King, Saviour and Risen Lord.

Corporate Prayer

O God,
you have made of one blood
all the peoples of the earth
and sent your Son to preach peace
to those who are far off
and to those who are near:
grant that people everywhere may seek after you
and find you;
pour out your Spirit upon all flesh
and hasten the coming of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Music

We have compiled a few songs for today’s service:

And we haven’t sung this one before, but it captures well what we’re celebrating on Easter:

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