This is the good news— the grave is empty; Christ is risen.
This is the good news— the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never put it out.
This is the good news— once we were no people; now we are God’s people.
Christ is our peace, the wonderful peace we now share with each other.
We used these words from The Worship Sourcebook yesterday as we gathered for the second Sunday of Easter. The good news is that the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus is not confined to a single day but rather is a season of continual celebration. Christ is Risen – He is risen indeed!
Yesterday Josh Lucas, who serves as the Area Director for Young Life South Hills was our guest speaker. Young Life is one of our ministry partners and Josh shared an important message on the place of fellowship in fulfilling the great commission of Christ. Josh closed his message with these words from Elton Trueblood:
“What we need is not intellectual theorizing or even preaching, but a demonstration. There is only one way of turning people’s loyalty to Christ, and that is by loving others with the great love of God. We cannot revive faith by argument, but we might catch the imagination of puzzled men and women by an exhibition of a Fellowship so intensely alive that every thoughtful person would be forced to respect it. If there should emerge in our day such a fellowship, wholly without artificiality and Free from the dead hand of the past, it would be an exciting event of momentous importance. A society of loving souls, set free from the self-seeking struggle for personal prestige and from all unreality, would be something unutterably precious. A wise person would travel any distance to join it.”
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (Aaron Keyes)
- Like a Lion (Daniel Bashta)
- Easter Call to Worship
- My Savior Lives (Glen Packiam, Jon Egan)
- Reading from Titus 2
- Prayers of Confession and Words of Assurance
- We Are Saved (Paul Baloche, Ben Fielding)
- Mighty to Save (Reuben Morgan)
- Announcements and Offering
- Message – Fellowship (Josh Lucas)
- Reprise: We are Saved
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced yesterday in worship at The Worship Community.