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At Home Easter Service

Prelude/Interlude, A time of prayer: Oh the deep, deep Love of Jesus

Call to Worship:

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

May his grace and peace be with you.

May he fill our hearts with joy

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer:

Almighty and ever-living God,

we marvel at the mystery of Christ’s resurrection.

In boldness you exalted the humble, empowering the weak.

In strength you snatched victory from the jaws of death.

In love you declared your crucified Son the savior of the world.

We celebrate this good news in an Easter festival of life.

With you we join in this gladsome day,

and Pray together the prayer your Risen son, Jesus, taught us to pray:

Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn of Prayer: Blessed Assurance

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures forever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, "His mercy endures forever."

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory in the tents of the righteous:

16 "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! the right hand of the Lord is exalted! the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"

17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has punished me sorely, but he did not hand me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20 "This is the gate of the Lord; he who is righteous may enter."

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Children Worship & Wonder Video (all ages encouraged to watch and participate):

“Jesus Appearance to Mary Magdalene”

Available on HGCC Youtube Channel: or this site under "Videos"

Readings from the Epistles and the Gospel:

Colossians 3:1-4

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

John 20:1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Please remember to support our church and its ministries during this time with your tithes & offerings. Checks can be mailed to 1637 Holly Grove Drive, Bumpass, VA 23024


Praise God from whom all blessings flow Praise Him all creatures here below Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

At this time, I encourage all to prepare their own Sacraments for communion to share as a family. Reverently and prayerfully prepare the bread and the cup.

Hymn of Communion: Lead me to Calvary

Matthew 26:26-28 “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”


Special Easter Message from Rev. Bob:

Audio Sermon from Rev. Paul Simrell (Elpis):

Hymn of Commitment: He Lives!

Go Now in Peace Holly Grove, Speak God’s word and Do God’s Work. Amen.

Special Closing Music, get up and rejoice for he Lives!

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