04-04-2021: “She Saw the Lord and ALIVE!”

~ The Presbyterian Church ~

of

Gatesville, Texas

April 4, 2021

(Resurrection Sunday)

“They will proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn – for He has done it” – Psalm 22:31.

Welcome

Call to Worship (Responsively)

Pastor: Alleluia! Give thanks to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for he is good;

People: God’s steadfast love endures forever!

Pastor: Christ is risen! The right hand of the LORD is exalted.

People: Because Christ has dealt death a lethal blow,

Pastor: We shall not die, but we shall live.

ALL: CHRIST IS RISEN – HE IS RISEN INDEED! AMEN.

~ WE OFFER OUR ADORATION & CONFESSION ~

Prayer of Adoration

Confession and Assurance of Pardon

O God, we are ashamed of our downcast eyes and long faces when our hearts should be filled with gladness, and our mouths shouting for joy! We should be smiling! We should be joyful! We should be laughing or crying with gladness! How sad it is to be downcast or discouraged or careless, when You have answered our dilemmas with the good news of eternal life. When You have defied death, and all that would threaten us, and set us free in the joy of resurrection! But yet, trivialize Easter by commercializing it instead of focusing on the resurrection.We overlook those in need. Full of fear, we say nothing to anyone about the Good News. Lift us up, O life-giving Lord! Render us speechless in the majesty of Your saving power. May we stand in awe of Your Spirit, who breathed life again into Jesus, and raised him up, the first-fruits of the Kingdom. Hallelujah and Amen!

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9

“The Word of our Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Message: “She Saw the Lord & Alive!”– John 20:1-18

Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s Creed” (Insert, Back of Hymnal)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy catholic church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the Body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

~ WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD ~

Presentation of Gifts & Offerings

Prayer of Dedication

~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~

Charge and Benediction

To Our Church Family:

“Have a Wonderful Easter ~ May your basket always be filled with Hope, Joy, Warmth, Peace, and Love.”

Pastor Buddy and Gayle

“She Saw the Lord & Alive!”

John 20:1-18

Summary: God proves the gospel by the resurrection.

I. Introduction and Scripture Comment.

II. The Resurrection is Central to Christianity.

A. We Must Accept the Resurrection Because It Is True (John 20.1-10).

1. “The “Linen Cloths.”

2. The Folded Face Cloth in a Place by Itself.

B. The Resurrection Changes Everything (John 20:11-16).

C. The Resurrection Proves the Gospel (John 20.17-18).

III. Conclusion.

~ April Announcements ~

men’s & Women’s Breakfast. The Men & Women of the Church will gather Wednesday, April 7at 8:00 AM at Rancher’s Steak House. All are welcome – bring a friend/neighbor.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN. The Ladies will meet at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, April 13, in the Fellowship Hall for the Bible study and lunch TBD. All ladies are welcome.

SESSION MEETING. The Session will meet 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 14 in the Fellowship Hall.

CHURCH DINNER. Everyone is invited to the monthly dinner, Sunday, April 18 immediately following the worship service. Folks we have not enjoyed one of these dinners for over a year due to COVID, so please join us for great food and warm fellowship. There will be specific measures to serve us our food. Our hosts are Gail and Emily Johnson. Bring a neighbor.

BIRTHDAY FUND. Several years ago, the Birthday Fund was established to raise funds to use in our community mission outreach. Each birthday celebrant was to donate a dollar for each year celebrated. Please consider donating to this gracious fund when you celebrate your birthday. Feel free to designate your gift.