Easter Sunrise

Holy Week 2018 Worship Planning Series

Easter Sunrise Service 2018, Year B

Easter Sunrise is an early morning service built on the framework of the Great Vigil of Easter. It moves from contemplation to celebration. 

Easter Sunrise: Love Leads the Way over an image of clouds with an orange tint of light

AH = The Africana Hymnal

BOW = United Methodist Book of Worship

CCLI = Christian Copyright Licensing International, SongSelect

TFWS = The Faith We Sing (2000)

UMH = United Methodist Hymnal

W&S = Worship & Song (2011)

SOZ = Songs of Zion


The service begins outdoors, weather permitting.
Light a large bonfire, and gather around it for this service. Place a font near the fire. For larger gatherings, place multiple fonts around the fire. If weather does not permit, consider gathering in a narthex or fellowship hall for the opening of this service, but in view of a tended bonfire, if at all possible.

Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone W&S 3104, st 1, chorus 2x
Amazing Grace UMH 378, st 1

Reading Ezekiel 37:3-14

Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone W&S 3104 using words from UMH 378, st 3
Amazing Grace UMH 378, st 3


Easter Proclamation 3x
Pastor or Worship Leader: Alleluia! Christ is risen!
All: The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Reading Romans 6:3-11

Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone W&S 3104, chorus

[Sermon Optional, but if you do choose to preach, be very brief.]

Reaffirmation of Baptism New Reaffirmation [Spanish]
Baptism Baptismal Covenant 1
New Baptism
Music during Reaffirmation
Baptized in Water TFWS 2248
We Were Baptized in Christ Jesus TFWS 2251
Christ Has Risen TFWS 2115


The Easter Song W&S 3090

Reading Mark 16:1-8

The Easter Song W&S 3090 (“Joy to the World” 2x)

Deacon or Worship Leader:
Go in peace to love and serve the Risen Lord. Alleluia. Alleluia!
People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!