12 April – Death is Not the End of Our Story

Bible Passage – 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

The stone is rolled away; the grave clothes are folded in a heap; the body is gone, Mary’s weeping is halted by a man’s questions, “Why are you crying? Whom are you you looking for?” Let’s proclaim with Mary, “We have seen the risen Lord, Christ is risen.”
Christ is risen indeed, let’s continue our worship by singing our first song, “Man of Sorrows.”

I wonder how you are feeling today, with the crisis affecting everyone’s lives in many ways, it is hard to know where to turn. Our next song is tells us that whatever you are going through, Jesus is there and is calling to come in prayer with him to the altar, where our Heavenly Father has open arms t receive you, forgive you, comfort you and uphold you; and all because of what Jesus did on the cross, let’s now sing. “Come to the altar”.

Our next song is a modern version of one of my favourite old hymns, I hope it lifts yours up to as we sing, “How Great Thou Art!”

Today’s Sermon is entitled, “Death is not the End of the Story”.
Please listen now to today’s message from 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

In response to the sermon, let’s now sing about Our “Living Hope”

Our final song is a song of victory, recording both the day when Christ rose from the dead and the day we came to know him and were transformed from life to death. Let’s close our worship by singing, “Glorious Day”.

Now turn to those worshipping with you today and bless them with the words:

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The Love of God and
The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you,
Now and forevermore, Amen