A Step Toward Impossible

Easter 2023

By Rev. David Bonnema, April 09, 2023

9:30am and 11:00am

Prelude - “Emperor's Fanfare/In Christ Alone” - arr Perks

Welcome - Rev. David Bonnema

Call to Worship - Rev. Dana Seiler

  • Leader: What are you looking for?
  • People: The light before dawn.
  • Leader: What are you looking for?
  • People: A reason to hope.
  • Leader: What are you looking for?
  • People: Joy after grief and flowers after winter.
  • Leader: What are you looking for?
  • People: A place to belong.
  • Leader: What are you looking for?
  • People: We are looking for the Messiah.
  • Leader: Good news! Come in. Love is alive!
  • People: Surely God is in this place.

Hymn - “Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!” - #104

Prayer of Confession
God of resurrection, we confess that sometimes we run aimlessly. We chase our tails, looking for things that provide answers to the suffering of the world, looking for comfort to our longest nights, forgetting that You meet us in the darkness before dawn, and mistaking You for the gardener. Forgive us for seeking after worldly things. Forgive us for forgetting to seek You. Speak to us. Call us by name so that we might recognize you in our midst. With hope and gratitude we pray, Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness

Passing of the Peace

Anthem - “Christ is Risen from the Dead!” Larson - Unity Choir

Sermon - “A Step Toward Impossible” - Rev. David Bonnema

Pastor David had to learn to write with broken thumbs. When have you had to overcome an experience that seemed impossible?

I want to Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection… —Philippians 3:10a

Pastor David refers to three types of knowledge. How can we know Jesus in these ways? Intellectual: Intuitive: Experiential:

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my  but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. —Philippians 3:12

What is one step you can take to know Christ more fully? My next step is

Forgetting what is behind and toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 3:14

Christ has died, Christ has risen and in Christ we, too, one day will rise.

Hymn - “Because He Lives”


Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer


Affirmation of Faith
We believe in resurrection— mysterious, beyond our understanding, and yet, like tulips after the snow: real. We believe in Easter morning— in the promise of a God who would roll back every stone to return to us. We believe in Jesus— who calls us by name and asks, “Who are you looking for?” So we look— for justice, for mercy, for God in our midst. And as we look, we sing, “Alleluia!”

Anthem “Easter Morning Alleluias” arr. Fettke


Postlude - Fanfare on the Doxology by Bock - Jeff Perks