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05 Apr

Easter Sunday

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING FOR EASTER DAY OR SEASON

Liturgy

This text is used by the pastor while the congregation uses A Service of Word and Table II ( UMH 13-15) or III ( UMH 15-16) or one of the musical settings ( UMH 17-25).

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EASTER VIGIL OR THE FIRST SERVICE OF EASTER

Liturgy

During the Great Three Days, from sunset Holy Thursday to sunset Easter Day, we celebrate the saving events of Jesus Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection. In the development of Christian worship, each event came to be remembered on a separate day. In the earliest centuries, however, these events were celebrated as a unity in an extraordinary single liturgy that began Saturday night and continued until the dawn of Easter Day. It was known as the great Paschal (Easter) Vigil. Preceded by a fast day, it was the most holy and joyful night of the entire Christian year, for it proclaimed and celebrated the whole of salvation history and Christ's saving work. It is the most appropriate time for baptisms; persons baptized symbolically die and rise with Christ (Romans 6:3 –11). It has also come to be seen as a most appropriate time for congregational reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant.

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The Great Vigil of Easter

Liturgy

Alleluia, Christ is risen!The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!  

The Great Vigil of Easter »

Lectionary Planning Helps for Easter Sunday (April 5)

Article

Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus (John 20:13-14,NRSV).

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Celebration and Thanksgiving on Easter Sunday Morning:  A Pastoral Prayer

Liturgy

God of us all,
We give you thanks for your love, your grace, and your power
on this blessed Resurrection morning! 

Celebration and Thanksgiving on Easter Sunday Morning:  A Pastoral Prayer »

A Poem For Easter

Article

Like a blade of grass pushing up stubbornly through the sidewalk.orLike the butterfly emerging from the tomb-like chrysalis.But much more.  

A Poem For Easter »

Chuck Knows Easter

Video

Discipleship Ministries's folksy philosopher and star of Chuck Knows Church talks about the significance of Easter lilies.

Chuck Knows Easter »

Hymn Studies Related to Lent and Easter

Article

Dean McIntyre offers these hymn studies that are related to Lent and Easter.

Hymn Studies Related to Lent and Easter »

Upper Room Books for Lent and Easter

Website

Visit the Upper Room online bookstore for Lent and Easter resources.

Upper Room Books for Lent and Easter »

History of Hymns: “Easter People, Raise Your Voices”

Article

"Easter People, Raise Your Voices"
William M. James
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 304

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Handbell Music for Lent and Easter

Article

Handbell scores for Lent and Easter in Sibelius and pdf.

Handbell Music for Lent and Easter »

Easter Is Coming!

Article

Remind children that Easter is really about the sacrifice Jesus made for each one of us. 

Easter Is Coming! »

Easter Sunday

Article

What is Easter anyway?

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I Have Seen the Lord

Article

This account of the Easter story comes from John. Matthew's account emphasizes that an earthquake rolled the stone away. The other two gospels spend more time with the disciples' reactions, but John helps us spend time with Mary at the tomb as she encounters her own emptiness and ours.  

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Blessing Others With Easter Baskets

Article

A few years ago, we made Easter baskets for teen residents of a children's home. Rather than putting items in a traditional basket, we used baseball caps. We filled the caps with common items used by teens.

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Sharing Easter with Your Children

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Easter is the key experience of the Christian faith. Do you believe that? After all, we are Easter people. Yet we often find it difficult to talk with children about Easter. 

Sharing Easter with Your Children »