EASTER SUNRISE

Devotional

SUNRISE BONFIRE AT 6:30 AM

Have your bonfire lit by 6:30 AM, or if you are indoors light as many candles as you can find. Then, at 6:30 listen for the church bells if you are in Brook. If you are out of town, a video of the bells will be provided. After the bells rings, begin the service.

 

Call:                Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!

Response:     He is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah!

 

READING: JOHN 20:1-18

 

SONG: THIS IS THE DAY

This is the day / This is the day /

That the Lord has made / that the Lord has made.

I will rejoice / I will rejoice / And be glad in it / And be glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made / I will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day / This is the day / That the Lord has made

 

SONG: MORNING HAS BROKEN

Morning has broken like the first morning

Blackbird has spoken like the first bird

Praise for the singing

Praise for the morning

Praise for them springing fresh from the world

 

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven

Like the first dew fall on the first grass

Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden

Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

 

Mine is the sunlight

Mine is the morning

Born of the one light Eden saw play

Praise with elation, praise every morning

God's recreation of the new day

 

SILENCE & MEDITATION

During this time, allow yourself to feel the sadness of not meeting with friends, family, and church members on this Easter Sunday. Remember that Jesus’s disciples also felt sadness on this day. Allow yourself to feel the fear that accompanies us in the season of life. Remember that Jesus’s disciples were afraid as they ran back from the tomb. Allow yourself to feel doubt, just as Thomas did on that first Easter. Finally, allow yourself to feel hope or peace, remembering that on this day, Jesus rose from the dead.

 

PRAYER

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.