Easter Sunrise (Online)

Happy Easter, Church!

As you celebrate Easter Sunday, I invite you to begin the day fixing your eyes on the risen Christ. Below is everything you and your household need to experience your own at-home Sunrise Service.

You might wonder, “Why get up so early on Easter?!” Well, by every account, the first to find Jesus’ empty tomb did so at dawn or “while it was still dark.” In addition, practically, as you see the light of the rising sun, you can be reminded that the light of Jesus always overcomes the darkness. Church, I pray the light and love of Jesus transforms, not only this day, but everyday.

– Pastor Tim Birdwell

  • THINK of a quiet place outside where you can see the sunrise
  • PLAN a picnic-style breakfast (e.g. hard boiled eggs, fruit, bagels and thermos of coffee!) 
  • BRING a bible, this page (on a phone or tablet), a blanket, and a journal and pen

God of life,
We praise You for the miracle of Easter. We pray for great joy for ourselves and for all who come to worship today to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. We pray especially for those who will join us for worship and whose lives are filled with pain, loss or deep sadness. May they sense how the resurrection is a source of great hope.
Amen.

In Christ Alone

  • How have you experienced disappointment or loss this year?  
  • How have you experienced new life this year?

John 20:1-18

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from thedead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. 11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

  • What encouraged or surprised you from this account of the resurrection?
  • How did Jesus engage Mary’s feelings of loss and how did Mary respond?
  • How can we respond to the resurrection of Jesus, even amidst loss?

CLOSING PRAYER

God of our salvation,
You have restored us to life, You have brought us back again into Your love by the triumphant death and resurrection of Christ. Continue to heal us as we go to live and work in the power of Your Spirit, to Your praise and glory. 
Amen


INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO EASTER

Join us at 10am for our online Easter Sunday service. We will have music from PBC Worship, scripture readings and a sermon delivered by Pastor Tim. Take this opportunity to share this link with friends on Facebook, Instagram and over a text message:
www.phoenixbiblechurch.com/Easter