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Worship and Sermon
Resources for Easter Sunday

Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."   Mat 28:10

Texts & Discussions

Acts 10:34-43 or
Jeremiah 31:1-6
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18 or
Matthew 28:1-10


This Week's Themes:

God's Victory Over Darkness
Lord's Resurrection
Hope & New Life in Jesus
Redemption & Salvation


Closing prayer/Benediction:
a prayer by Saint Patrick

Christ be with us, Christ before us, Christ behind us,
Christ in us, Christ beneath us, Christ above us,
Christ on our right, Christ on our left,
Christ where we lie, Christ where we sit,
Christ where we arise.
Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of us,
Christ in every eye that sees us,
Christ in every ear that hears us.
Salvation is of the Lord,
Salvation is of the Christ,
May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.  Amen.

Easter Sunday


Sermons from the DPS Archive:



Children's Sermons:

1) New: Rise and Shine
2) God's Witness Protection Program, Acts 10:34-43
3) God of Happy Endings
4) Inside of an Egg
It's All in the Eggs
6) It's All in the Eggs


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Sermon Excerpt:

Brief Easter Sunrise Sermon
John 20:1-18 
by lutherfetch

Advertising Network: a campaign has been developed to attract people to church during the season of Easter.

In this public relations campaign, it is suggested that the cross removed from the alter. According to the author, a survey has revealed that the cross is one of those symbols that the new generation of church goers considered too "churchy "

One pastor interviewed for the campaign gave his whole hearted endorsement. "We are going to attempt to concentrate on the resurrection, and not the death of Jesus.

Easter without the cross. Rather an interesting thought. Kind of like the sun without light, The oceans without water, Or forests without trees. It just doesnít seem to work. The road to the empty tomb will forever pass by a cross.

As the sun begins to rise this morning, Perhaps we might celebrate not only the resurrection, But the lengths to which our God was willing to go in order that We, the lost, might be redeemed. Our God was willing to go to the cross for us.

Without the risk of losing oneís life, The willingness to suffer, The humility to carry a cross, The resurrection loses its meaning.

Many people have different theories and beliefs about the cross. However, there is one thing that does remain consistent about itÖ It is impossible to ignore, And wherever it is lifted up, people do respond.

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Why Are You Weeping?
John 20:1-18   
by Rev. Thomas Hall

Graverobbers! Disgusting thieves!" Mary thought. The dead body had already been stripped of any value. She had watched the Roman soldiers at the execution throwing numbered rocks to divide the prisonerís clothes among themselves. But these burial clothes, blood-stained and caked, they would only be good for rags. No valuables either. She had never seen jewelry on the man. But someone had not only rummaged around for valuables but left with the body as well. Well, she thinks, someone better go and tell the rest that now we donít even have a body to give a decent burial to.

Peter and "the other disciple" were the first on the scene. They had both been bleary-eyed when the news first broke. Body missing? What kind of a graverobber theory is this? they wondered. "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter loses the foot race to the cemetery. Never was much for running with his spindly legs. What a creepy place! Shadows cast ominous shadows on the ground in the morning light as they arrived. "There," Mary had announced, pointing at the gape-mouthed cave. The other disciple peered into the cave-mausoleum. Too dark to see much. Peter, however, still sputtering and out of breath brushed past and entered the cave.

"Whoa! Sheís right-the bodyís missing!" he yelled up to the other disciple. "Would you look at that?" ... Subscribers: click here to access this sermon and all resources for Easter

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