Reminder! A special O-Zone Easter Zoom party is taking place this morning at 10:30! See the church e-mail blast for information on how to join!
Prayer of Dedication
Heavenly Father, today is a day of celebration. Today we celebrate with Christians around the globe the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We praise you for making a way for us to be made righteous despite our constant failings, and we thank you for the gift of salvation offered through faith in Jesus. While we long to be together to celebrate and fellowship in the presence of our church family, gathered to worship you corporately, we are grateful that we can worship you wherever we are in word, song, and action. Father would you give us today the gift of supernatural joy through your Spirit as we celebrate the importance of Resurrection Sunday.
Call to Worship*
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8.
Worship in Song
Let’s take time now to listen to these songs of praise, noticing together the powerful, Scripture-soaked truths therein (click play to listen).
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay’” (Matthew 28:5–6).
“But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.’” (Mark 16:4–6).
“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25).
Lord, what a glorious day indeed when Jesus rose! We thank you today for everything that event represents for us—hope, peace, assurance, salvation, joy, expectation, gratitude, promise—we couldn’t possibly list off everything it means! Father, what a glorious day!
Father, we recognize that this is not the way we would choose to be celebrating Easter, alone in our homes rather than gathered with your people. We know that for some, even in our midst, it is difficult to celebrate this year, as these days have been filled with hardships, difficulty, and grief. Yet you are still God, Jesus was still victorious, and we praise you today for those miraculous truths.
God, we know that the death and resurrection of Jesus is what saves us, but we pray today that it would also be something that inspires us. Would the free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ build in us a longing to follow Him with everything, to give sacrificially, act justly, love selflessly, and keep His commands even when it’s difficult.
Father, we confess to you now the times even this week that we have been unfaithful and given in to the allure of self or sin. As we confess, we trust in your Word that we are forgiven, wiped clean because of that same sacrifice which we celebrate today.
Lord, thank you for the blessings in our life. Thank you for breath in our lungs, and new days each and every morning. Would we make the most of this time, shining like a light for you, spreading your gospel in word and love in deed. Give us guidance and wisdom, strength and mercy anew we pray.
Worship in Giving
Even in these trying times, we are reminded of the commands in the New Testament to give generously, sacrificially, and with joy. Giving is still available online on our website or via e-transfer (see eService email for details).
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6–8).
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Song of Response
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4).
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” (1 Peter 1:3–4a).
Weekly Prayer Meeting: As a church, we know how powerful it can be when God’s people come together in prayer. To that end, we are starting a time of weekly prayer electronically. Check the church email sent out for access details, or email Andrew.
COVID-19: For congregational updates on future meeting times, cancelations, and information regarding the coronavirus, please check our church website regularly.
WORD Processing Podcast: With the help of a number of tech-savvy and servant-hearted individuals, we have created a podcast with new episodes to be released each Wednesday morning. This resource can be accessed and subscribed to via Anchor, Apple, and Spotify It’s also linked on our church website and wherever else podcasts are found.
Groceries: If you are stuck in isolation and in need of assistance with things like getting groceries, picking up medications, or other errands, please contact Josiah or Andrew, or email the church office.
Spring Women’s Bible Study: Beginning on April 21st, come spend your Tuesday evenings, 7:00–8:30pm, exploring the perennial question, How do I live a fruitful, pleasing, and meaning-filled life for God? If you’re interested, please contact the church office to sign-up (905-849-0567, [email protected]).
2020 Annual Mission Trip: We’re planning to travel to Camp Joli-B in Rollet, Quebec from May 13–17. All are welcome to join! If you’re interested, please contact the church office to sign-up (905-849-0567, [email protected]).
*Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® unless otherwise noted.