Evangelectionary for Easter Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Lectionary (Year C): Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; I Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12Theme: “Resurrection”Message: “Why Are You Crying?” John 20:11-16Like Mary:
  1. If we seek a dead Christ we will not find Him.
  2. We don’t find Christ; He finds us!
  3. When we see Him, we may not recognize Him.
(Thoughts from Arthur John Gossip, Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8, John, Abingdon Press, 1952) p. 792.Quote(s):“Today, even though we may have missed Him, He comes looking for us right where we are.  If we have slipped and fallen—ignored Him, missed Him—He comes looking for us this morning in the cemetery of our human experience, in the Good Friday-Holy Saturday mood—to find us in the garden on Easter morning!” (Bruce Laverman from a message at Christ’s Community Church, April 19, 1987)Illustration(s):A father knelt down beside his little boy’s bed. It was time for prayers, hugs and kisses, and tucking in. The little boy began the childhood prayer he had repeated so many times before: now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake Pray the Lord, my soul to take.This time the words got mixed up. Unwittingly, the child spoke words of the greatest wisdom. He prayed, “If I should wake before I die.” Embarassed, he stopped. “Oh Daddy, I got all mixed up.” Wisely, his dad responded tenderly, “Not at all, Son, that’s the first time the prayer was properly prayed. My deepest longing for you is that you may wake up before you die.” The child drifted to sleep, but the father turned the prophetic ords about in his mind. “If I should wake before I die. That’s it!” he exclaimed. “that’s the promise of and hope of Easter. This is the time to come alive and live forever!   (From David Rumley, sermoncentral.com)Music:Contemporary: “Lord I Lift Your Name on High;”  “Above All” (Lenny LeBlanc & Paul Baloche, 1999 Integrity Music)Traditional: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today;” “My Redeemer Lives;”  “He Lives”Prayers:Of Confession:Pastor: If at times we deny you, God forgive.  When the risks of discipleship are high, and we are nowhere to be found:People: God forgive.Pastor: When we wash our hands of responsibility:People: God forgive.Pastor: When we cast our lot with powerful oppressors and seek to buy freedom with silver:People: God forgive.Pastor: When fear keeps us from witnessing to your truth, and prejudice keeps us from believing it:People: God forgive.Pastor: In the bright light of Easter morning, O God, our sin is exposed, and your grace is revealed.People: Tender God, raise us in your love so that, with joy, we may witness to your awesome deeds, in the name of Jesus , the risen one.  Amen.(From the Easter Liturgy, Christ’s Community Church, Phoenix, AZ., 2005)