03.31.13 Worship Confessional

1-the-empty-tomb-rebecca-giles“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6)

Here are some thoughts from Michael Gerson on the power, reality and implications of resurrection:

“But the Resurrection is really a statement about the Universe. On Good Friday, it is cold and silent, filled with unfair suffering, death and grief. On Easter, it charged with the possibilities of life and hope. This is not merely a change in subjective feeling. It is real change in history, opening the possibility that injustice, suffering, death and grief can be finally defeated.

A number of Christian writers, from Lewis to Alister McGrath have compared this situation to the occupation of Europe by the Nazis during World War II. Nearly the whole continent lived in an oppression and despair that seemed permanent. But then came the news of the D-Day landings. Soon it became clear that the tide of the war had changed. Nazi rule would eventually end—though it had not yet ended in most places.

“In one sense,” says McGrath, “the situation has not changed, but in another, more important sense, the situation has changed totally. The scent of victory and liberation is in the air… An objective change has taken place in the theater of war—with a resulting subjective change in the hearts and minds of captive people.”

The Resurrection is not the appearance of a shade or shadow. It is the decisive, real-world victory in the battle against death and despair, promising eventual liberation. It means that the verdict of Good Friday is not final, that hope is not a cruel cosmic joke, and that all our efforts to improve this world are honored by a God who came down to this world to pull it up with him.”

Here is our complete worship set:

  •     Scripture: Luke 23:44-49
  •     Were You There (Traditional)
  •     Video: Behold His Glory (Floodgate Productions)
  •     My Savior Lives (New Life Church)
  •     Our God Is Mercy (Brenton Brown and Paul Baloche)
  •     Mighty to Save (Hillsong)
  •     Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-9
  •     Glorious (Trent Smith)
  •     This Is Our God (Hillsong)
  •     Announcements and Offering
  •     Message: A Resurrection People
  •     Reprise: My Savior Lives

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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