Little Falls United Methodist Church
Easter Sunrise Service Bulletin
April 4, 2020 - Sunday at 6:15 AM
1. The Worship Bulletin will be sent to you by email (most people) or mail (those who cannot access email). You can see the bulletin on the church website, https://www.littlefallsumc.org/copy-of-worship-bulletin-and-script Please make a hard copy of it or get another device to see it during the worship.
2. This is the link to Online Worship. Click the link to join the Online Worship. Please join in Online worship 10 minutes before the Worship Time!
3. Please email Pastor Jin () if you would like to share your concerns and joys with the congregation. I will lift up the names in the order of prayer in worship.
4. Join in In-Person or Online Worship Services for Easter Sunday Worship at 10 am on April 4, Sunday. Please prepare a piece of bread (or a cracker) and a small cup of juice (or water) for Holy Communion.
5. Your financial support and generosity are greatly appreciated and essential for our church ministry and mission. Please consider sending your tithes and offerings to Little Falls UMC (139 Main St. Little Falls, NJ 07424). You can send your offerings and tithes to the church every week. Or you can send offerings and tithes for a month with a check. Thanks again for your generosity again!
6. If you cannot join in online worship, please have Worship Service with your family at home using the attached worship bulletin. The worship bulletin includes scripture and sermon notes.
7. Please contact Pastor Jin or the church office if you need any help from Pastor Jin or church members! We are here to help you!
See you at Online Worship on Sunday!
Prepare yourself for Worship!
GREETING & INVOCATION
Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ our Lord.
My brothers and sisters in Christ:
On this most holy morning in which Jesus Christ passed over from death to life, we gather as the Church to watch and pray.
This is the Passover of Christ, in which we share in Christ's victory over death.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Christ is risen!
All: God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Leader: Death never gets the final word.
All: God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Leader: Rejoice in this day of salvation.
All: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
OPENING HYMN Christ the Lord is Risen Today UMH 302 v 1, 3, 5
1. Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
3. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where's thy vict'ry, boasting grave? Alleluia!
5. Hail, the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
All: Living God, rejoicing in this day of resurrection, we have come to celebrate the strength of your love— a love that triumphs even over death. As we exult in the miracle of your incarnate love, we thank you for the opportunity to encounter the Risen Christ here in our midst. Amen.
SCRIPTURE READING Luke 24:1-12 (NRSV)
The Resurrection of Jesus
24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
MESSAGE What Are You Looking for Here? Rev. Jin Kook Kim
The first Easter Sunday was a sad day at first for the three women who loved and followed Jesus. They had their personal story with Jesus. Also, they were witnesses of what Jesus had done for people when he was alive. Jesus fed people and healed people and helped people. Jesus taught people the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Jesus carried out miracles and wonders. Along with others, the three women believed that Jesus was the son of God and the messiah who God promised to send to the people of Israel. His teaching was the truth, and his life was different from the life of the religious authorities at that time. For the three women, Jesus was hope in their lives. They would expect Jesus could do something for them to save them from their agony and turmoil in their lives. However, Jesus died on the cross by the hands of Roman soldiers and the religious authorities of Israel. He died powerlessly and helplessly through the worst execution.
It was the third day after Jesus died. They couldn’t believe it, and they were still shocked by Jesus’ death. However, they went to the tomb where Jesus’ body was placed to do a ritual for him, who they loved and followed and honored. What feelings and emotions would they have while they were going to the tomb? What would they have in their hearts and minds on the way to the tomb? They would be in sorrow, sadness, grief, or even shock? They would lose their hope.
They didn’t expect anything good when they came to the tomb. They came to the tomb to see Jesus’ dead body. However, what they saw was the empty tomb when they got there. They saw the angel who said to them, “He has been raised. He is not here.” Mary, one of them, saw the risen Jesus. They came to see the dead body of Jesus, but they found Jesus there. They brought sorrow, sadness, and grief with them, but they gained joy, wonder, and miracle at the tomb. They came to the tomb with hopelessness, but they found hope there. At the tomb, their hopelessness turned to hope. Their sorrow turned to joy. Their grief turned to wonder. That was because Jesus was raised from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection changed everything. Jesus’ resurrection made their lives new.
Little Falls Church Family,
What did you expect when you came here? What did you bring with you when you came here? With what heart are you here? Do you have joy because you know Jesus is risen already? If yes, you are welcome here because Jesus is risen! Do you expect a celebration because it is one of the Easter services? If yes, you are welcome here because we are here to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.
Did you come here with a heavy heart? You are welcome too, and you are in the right place. Did you bring your life issues with you when you came here? You are welcome, and you are in the right place because Jesus is risen. The risen Jesus can change our heavy hearts to joyful hearts. The risen Jesus can change our sorrow to delight, sadness to joy, cry to laugh, hopelessness to hope, and weakness to strength. I pray that we put down our burdens of life, sorrow, heavy hearts, cry, weakness before the risen Jesus. And we find hope, joy, delight, victory, peace, grace, and mercy in the risen Jesus.
Whatever we brought with us here, whatever we expected to see here, whatever we were looking for here, it doesn’t matter because God wants to give us joy, peace, grace, love, and hope through the risen Jesus. God wants us to give us the new life in the risen Jesus. Let’s put down all our burdens here and have the risen Jesus in our hearts, the new life in Christ this morning.
Jesus is risen! Jesus Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
CLOSING HYMN He Lives UMH 310
1. I serve a risen Savior
He's in the world today
I know that He is living
Whatever men may say
I see His hand of mercy
I hear His voice of cheer
And just the time I need Him
He's always near
He lives He lives
Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life's narrow way
He lives He lives
Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives
He lives within my heart
2. In all the world around me
I see His loving care
And though my heart grows weary
I never will despair
I know that He is leading
Through all the stormy blast
The day of His appearing
Will come at last
3. Rejoice rejoice O Christian
Lift up your voice and sing
To Jesus Christ the King
The Hope of all who seek Him
The Help of all who find
None other is so loving
So good and kind
BENEDICTION Rev. Jin Kook Kim
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” Christ is with us in this place. Christ goes with us into the world. Be now in Peace! Christ is Risen! Amen!