Resurrection Life

Easter Sunday 2024

By Rev. David Bonnema, March 31, 2024

Prelude - “Thine is the Glory” arr. Walters - Jeff Perks; Malinda Massey, trumpet; Scotty Nagel, french horn

Opening Hymn - “Lift High the Cross” - #371 - 4 Verses

Welcome - Rev. David Bonnema

Call to Worship - Rev. Dana Seiler

  • Leader: Darkness is gone; brightness reigns;
  • People: We are freed from fear and death;
  • Leader: Let us celebrate the Good News;
  • People: The stone was rolled away; the tomb is empty.
  • Leader: Hope is shining brightly;
  • People: God’s love has poured over us;
  • Leader: Shout to all that Christ is risen!
  • People: Christ is risen indeed!

Song - “O Praise the Name (Anastasis)” - see screen

Prayer of Confession
Gracious God, we admit that we look for an easy faith, one that doesn’t require much from us. Forgive us for all those things that we have neglected to do that would have drawn us closer to you. Heal our hearts from the wounds of the past and prepare us for the bright future ahead. Use the power of the risen Christ to change us into living disciples who live each day as children of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness

Passing of the Peace

Anthem - “Easter Fantasia” by Hayes - Unity Choir

Sermon - “Resurrection Life” - Rev. David Bonnema

We will learn something crucial about Jesus’ resurrection through his conversation with Martha. After her brother dies, Martha speaks to Jesus.

“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would have died.”  —John 11:21

How is Martha feeling?

In response to this statement, Jesus makes a startling revelation: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” —John 11:25-26a

This statement serves as a moment of impact. After Jesus’ resurrection, everything about our world will be different.

After this explanation, Jesus asks Martha a question. We are asked this same question today.

“Do you this?” —John 11:26b

The events of Easter changed the whole world for the better…and it can change you too.

Anthem - “All to Bring You Glory” by Clydesdale

Offering and the Lord’s Prayer


Affirmation of Faith written by Roddy Hamilton; I believe in Jesus, the best possible shepherd; his wisdom leads me to the best opportunities, his word comforts me when I'm anxious or afraid, his arm steadies me when I feel weary and heavy-laden, his wounded body displays the cost of my rescue. I believe in Jesus, the best possible shepherd; I believe that I do not find him but he finds me, that I, under his care, by virtue of sheer grace, thrive and grow to the best of my ability. I believe the love he gives me is to be shared with others, that he treasures my name and prepares a place for me, that all his promises are kept in this realm and the next. I trust in Jesus, the best possible shepherd. Amen.

Closing Hymn - “In Christ Alone” - 4 Verses - see screen