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We’ve got the Good Friday service tonight at 6:45 PM, the Easter Egg Hunt outreach tomorrow at 1:00 PM, and the Easter brunch on Sunday at 10:00 AM, but it’s not too early to start thinking about the next weekend!

We will be joining up with our partner ministry on the UIC Campus to serve a local organization that is doing great work with young adults with autism.

What: joint IBC-NAVS service project; spring cleaning for Urban Autism Solutions

When: April 7th, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: 1212 W. Flournoy Street

How: let us know you’re coming by filling out this simple form.

Lunch will be provided by the UIC Navs!

Our Good Friday Service this year will be meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ interspersed with singing. Service starts at 6:45 PM at The Meeting Place.

2018 Easter Egg

PRELUDE – “Celebrate (He Lives)” by Fred Hammond

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Matthew 28:1-9

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week,

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.

And behold, there was a great earthquake,

for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven

and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.

His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,

for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.

Come, see the place where he lay.

Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead,

and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.

See, I have told you.”

So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy,

and ran to tell his disciples.

And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!”

And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.

Song –

O Praise the Name (Anástasis)” by Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, and Marty Sampson

CONFESSION OF SIN – Isaiah 53:5-6

He was pierced for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned—every one—to his own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 Corinthians 15:17, 3-4

If Christ has not been raised,

your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

that he was buried,

that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

Song –

Behold the Risen Christ” by The Village Church

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Apostle’s Creed

We believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth;

and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, dead, and buried.

He descended into hell.

The third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into 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.

We 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.



Song –

Up From the Grave He Arose” by Robert Lowry

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 8:28-39

SERMON – “The Resurrection in Romans”


Songs –

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker

Forever” by Brian Johnson, Christ Black Gifford, Gabriel Wilson, Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, and Kari Jobe


Song –

Crown Him With Many Crowns” by Elvey, Thring, and Bridges


POSTLUDE – “Happy Day” by Tim Hughes

PRELUDE – “Cuán Hermoso Tu Nombre Es” by Hillsong Worship


Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

Vengan, cantemos con gozo al Señor,

Aclamemos con júbilo a la roca de nuestra salvación.

Vengamos ante Su presencia con acción de gracias;

Aclamemos a El con salmos.

Porque Dios grande es el Señor,

Y Rey grande sobre todos los dioses,

En cuya mano están las profundidades de la tierra;

Suyas son también las cumbres de los montes.

Suyo es el mar, pues El lo hizo,

Y Sus manos formaron la tierra firme.

Vengan, adoremos y postrémonos;

Doblemos la rodilla ante el Señor nuestro Hacedor.

Porque El es nuestro Dios,

Y nosotros el pueblo de Su prado y las ovejas de Su mano.

Song –

Come Praise and Glorify” (“Venid Glorificad a Dios”) by Bob Kauflin and Tim Chester

CONFESSION OF SIN – Isaiah 29:13

Este pueblo se acerca a Mí con sus palabras

Y Me honra con sus labios,

Pero aleja de Mí su corazón,

Y su veneración hacia Mí

es sólo una tradición aprendida de memoria.

This people draw near with their mouth

and honor me with their lips,

while their hearts are far from me,

and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men.


La sangre de Jesús [??] Hijo nos limpia de todo pecado.

Si decimos que no tenemos pecado,

nos engañamos a nosotros mismos y la verdad no está en nosotros.

Si confesamos nuestros pecados,

El es fiel y justo para perdonarnos los pecados

y para limpiarnos de toda maldad.

The blood of Jesus [God’s] Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say we have no sin,

we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins,

he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Song –

Have Mercy on Me” (“Ten Piedad de Mi”) by Dale Bischof and Pat Sczebel



“El Amor de Cristo” by Mark Altrogge, Jordan Kauflin and Joel Sczebel


SERMON – “Why Did Jesus Come?” (Por Que Jesus Vino al Mundo?)


Songs –

“Agnus Dei” (in both Spanish and English) By Michael W. Smith

“Principe de Paz” (“Prince of Peace”) by Michael W. Smith


Song –

Jesus, Thank You” (“Gracias Cristo”) by Pat Sczebel


POSTLUDE – “Hosanna” by Hillsong Worship

PRELUDE – “More Than Conquerors” by Seeds Family Worship


Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise!

Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;

his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.

Song –

The Love of God” by Frederick Martin Lehman and Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 119:176

I have gone astray like a lost sheep;

seek your servant,

for I do not forget your commandments.


My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

I give them eternal life,

and they will never perish,

and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,

and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

Song –

At the Cross” by Darlene Zschech and Rueben Morgan



Song –

How Deep the Father’s Love” by Stuart Townend

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 8:28-39

SERMON – “No Separation”


Songs –

O the Love of My Redeemer” by Josh Caterer

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend


Song –

One Thing Remains” by Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle



PRELUDE – “All Will Be Well” by Gabe Dixon Band


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.

This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

who through faith are shielded by God’s power

until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

Song –

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” by Joachim Neander



Almighty and merciful God,

we have erred and strayed from your ways

like lost sheep.

We have followed too much

the devices and desires of our own hearts.

We have offended against your holy laws.

We have left undone

those things which we ought to have done;

and we have done

those things which we ought not to have done.

O Lord, have mercy upon us

Spare those who confess their faults.

Restore those who are repentant,

according to your promises

declared to the world in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

And grant, O merciful God, for his sake,

that we may live a holy, just, and humble life

to the glory of your holy name.


ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 Corinthians 1:7-9

Our Lord Jesus Christ… will sustain you to the end,

guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is faithful,

by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Song –

He Will Hold Me Fast” by Ada Ruth Habershon and Matthew Merker



The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ

and the love of God

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

be with you all.

Song –

Gloria Patri

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 8:18-30

SERMON – “The Certainty of Conformity to the Image of Christ”


Songs –

Jesus Paid It All” by Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall, John Thomas Grape

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend


Song –

Forever” by Brian Johnson, Christ Black Gifford, Gabriel Wilson, Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, and Kari Jobe


POSTLUDE – “Triune Praise” by Shai Linne