Easter Early Morning Worship, 2011
This is a brief, interactive service used by the people of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bellingham, WA, April 24, 2011, at the home of Bob and Marian Crim, overlooking Chuckanut Bay.
Song “I am the Resurrection”
Reader One: Come with us to the tomb
All: Doubts, pains, fears need not be left behind
For in this place, we find resolve,
We find healing
We find strength
Reader Two: Come with us to the tomb
All: Come to the place where many have come before
For in this place, others have found faith,
There is much to be found in this place
Reader Three: Come with us to the tomb
All: Where faith can be discovered,
Restored, rekindled, strengthened
Where God touches souls
Where we can reach God
Reader Four: Come with us to the tomb
All: As the women came to tend friend, son, beloved
As they brought gifts for burial,
We bring our gifts for life
Gifts for the healing of God’s people
Reader Five: Come with us to the tomb
All: As the angel came bearing the news
We open our hearts to hear God’s messages
God speak to us still
Your Word lives within and around us
Reader Six: Come with us to the tomb
All: For a stranger stands in the garden
He stands, waiting to be recognized
We open our eyes to his presence
Hallelujah! Christ is risen!
Song “Hosanna, Jesus Died and Rose Again”
Communion Prayer (unison)
Living God, for forty days the risen Christ appeared to the disciples long ago: on the quiet trail, in the upper room, by the shore in early morning. By your Holy Spirit may Christ now appear to us in this place; in the peace of this moment, in the presence of friend and loved one, in broken bread and poured out wine.
Sharing the Communion Elements
(As the Bread is passed, tear off a piece and hold it in silence. As you offer the Cup, in which your neighbor will dip their Bread, say, “He is risen.” They will respond, “He is risen, indeed.”)
Leader: We have been to the tomb. We came to tend to the dead. We brought with us our spiced ointments and cloths. We brought our grief and our heavy hearts. And lo, a surprise awaited us.
All: We leave this place with hearts and heads lifted high. Our joy is immense, our hope is renewed. Jesus is alive. Death is defeated. Let the bells peal. Let laughter ring out. Let our smiles shine brilliantly. Hosanna! It is Easter!
© Tamalyn L. Kralman, 2011