Worship Guide for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC

At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we’ve put together this worship guide for Easter Sunday. Please use it to help you and your family worship this Sunday morning along with our church family. Video recordings of the songs and sermon are embedded in this worship guide; plus, we’ve included direct links (listed in bold) for the songs and sermon videos. (If you’re having any questions or problems with the worship guide, please reach out directly via our #tech-support channel on Slack.)

Watch Craig’s Easter Greeting on YouTube.

God Calls Us to Worship

Watch Jesus song on YouTube.

Read responsively from Luke 24:5-6; I Corinthians 15:55, 57; John 11:25-26; II Corinthians 9:15
LEADER: Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!

PEOPLE: He has risen indeed!

LEADER: The Lord has risen!

MEN: He has risen indeed!

LEADER: The Lord has risen!

WOMEN: He has risen indeed!

LEADER: Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
Death has been swallowed up in victory.

PEOPLE: Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

LEADER: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

PEOPLE: Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

LEADER: The Lord has risen!

ALL: He has risen indeed! Alleluia!

We Sing Praises to God

Christ the Lord is risen today; Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say; Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high; Alleluia!
Sing ye heav’ns, and earth, reply: Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ has burst the gates of hell; Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids his rise; Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise; Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King; Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died, our souls to save; Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head; Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise: Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!

Rise O Church and lift your voices
Christ has conquered death and hell
Sing as all the earth rejoices,
Resurrection anthems swell
Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ the Risen King

See the tomb where death had laid Him
Empty now its mouth declares
Death and I could not contain Him,
For the throne of life He shares,
Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ the Risen King

Hear the earth protest and tremble
See the stone removed with pow’r
All hell’s minions may assemble,
But cannot withstand His hour,
He has conquered, He has conquered
Christ the Lord the Risen King

Doubt may lift its head to murmur
Scoffers mock and sinners jeer
But the truth proclaims a wonder,
Thoughtful hearts receive with cheer,
He is risen, He is risen
Now receive the Risen King

We acclaim Your life, O Jesus
Now we sing Your victory
Sin or hell may seek to seize us,
But Your conquest keeps us free,
Stand in triumph, stand in triumph
Worship Christ the Risen King

We Affirm Our Faith

Read the Apostles’ Creed in unison:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places

We Hear the Good News of the Resurrection

Read from I Corinthians 15:12-18
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

Read from I Corinthians 15:20-26
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

We Offer Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving for Forgiveness of Sins in Christ

You were the Word at the beginning, One with God the Lord Most High, Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ
What a beautiful Name it is, What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is, Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is, The Name of Jesus

You didn’t want heaven without us; So, Jesus, You brought heaven down, My sin was great Your love was greater
What could separate us now
What a wonderful Name it is, What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is, Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is, The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is, The Name of Jesus

Death could not hold You, The veil tore before You
You silence the boast of sin and grave,
The heavens are roaring, The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again
You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God, You reign,
Yours is the kingdom, Yours is the glory,
Yours is the Name above all names

What a powerful Name it is, What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is, Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is, The Name of Jesus

We Give to the Lord (Offering)

While we are parted, you may mail your checks to the church office at 43 Wentworth St. Charleston, SC 29401. You may also contribute online or through our Venmo account: @redeemer-charleston.

Watch Resurrection Hymn song on YouTube.

We Pray for God’s People, Work, & World

Pray for our missionaries around the world. Pray for the elimination of Coronavirus and COVID-19, for those who suffer from it (physically, emotionally, financially, etc.), and for those on the front line of the battle: our political leaders and medical providers. And pray for the Good News of the Resurrected Savior to radiate from our church and our lives.

We Hear God’s Word (Sermon)

Especially good for families, Bible Project offers short audio and video clips plus discussion questions centered around Scripture. Check out their Church at Home guide for celebrating Easter Sunday and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

Rev. Craig Bailey preaches an Easter Sunday sermon from John 21:1-8, including an introduction and three parts.

John 21:1-8
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the 
Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 
Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana 
in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples 
were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” 
They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and 
got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the 
disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, 
“Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 
He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, 
and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were 
not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.  That 
disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, 
“It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the 
Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for 
work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples 
came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they 
were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.

Listen to Craig’s Introduction.

Listen to Part 1 of the Easter sermon.

Listen to Part 2 of the Easter sermon.

Listen to Part 3 of the Easter sermon.

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me
I see His wounds His hands His feet
My Savior on that cursed tree

His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph’s tomb
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone

O praise the Name of the Lord our God,
O praise His Name forevermore,
For endless days we will sing Your praise,
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

Then on the third at break of dawn
The Son of heaven rose again
O trampled death where is your sting
The angels roar for Christ the King (chorus)

He shall return in robes of white
The blazing sun shall pierce the night
And I will rise among the saints
My gaze transfixed on Jesus’ face (chorus)


Watch Craig’s Benediction video on YouTube.

Watch Hallelujah Chorus song on YouTube.