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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 –

Low in the Grave He Lay (Christ Arose)” by Robert Lowry

CONFESSION OF SIN – 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that 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, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Song –

Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher

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, died, and was 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.

Amen.

Song –

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

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 Corinthians 15:50-57

SERMON – “The Victory of Christ”

THE LORD’S TABLE

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

OFFERING

Song –

Sing to the King” by Billy Foote

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Jesus Is Alive (House of Tea Remix)” by Shai Linne

For this week there will be no Memory Verse.

Instead we will be focusing on the events of Holy Week.

We are suggesting everyone skip one meal a day to fast.

If you don’t really know what fasting is all about, or would like a refresher, we recommend reading the short chapter that is from a helpful book on the spiritual disciplines by David Mathis entitled, Habits of Grace. This would be a good way to start off the week.

Each day you’ll receive an email with:

· a link to a quick VIDEO explaining what was happening on that day in Jesus’ life

· a LOOK AT JESUS directing you to one of the 7 reasons for worshipping Jesus that we talked about in the Palm Sunday sermon

· and some PRAYER POINTS to talk to God about

May the Lord use this season to refresh our perspective and heighten our love for him!

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.

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

Song –

Up From the Grave He Arose” by Robert Lowry

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 8:28-39

SERMON – “The Resurrection in Romans”

THE LORD’S TABLE

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

OFFERING

Song –

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

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Happy Day” by Tim Hughes

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 –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – Acts 17:2-3

Paul went in [to a synagogue of the Jews],

as was his custom,

and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

explaining and proving that

it was necessary for the Christ to suffer.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Romans 4:24-25

Jesus our Lord…

was delivered up for our trespasses

and raised for our justification.

Song –

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

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

and on the third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,

from thence He shall 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. Amen.

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

Song –

Up From the Grave He Arose” by Robert Lowry

SCRIPTURE READING – Acts 17:16-34

SERMON – “Preaching Jesus and the Resurrection”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

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

Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher

OFFERING

Song –

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Because Jesus Christ Is Alive” by The Sing Team

This week we’ll be spending our lunch hours in focused prayer, asking God to work in our hearts to show us more of him, to reveal our sins to us, and for us to meditate on the goodness of God in our lives and respond. Each day we will provide some guidance to help you pray. Our hope is that these would be a spring board into prayer and that our hearts would be open to God’s leading of our time.

Monday

Let’s pray with Paul that God would open our hearts and minds to know and to experience him in greater, richer depth this week as we meditate on the work of Christ on the cross.

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

Ephesians 1:15-21

God, by your great mercy please open up the eyes of our hearts to see you and know you more. Lord, please reveal to us how marvelous and majestic you are and prepare our hearts to grow closer to you this week as we approach the celebration of our Risen Savior Jesus Christ.

Palm Sunday – Tomorrow marks the beginning of Holy Week as we remember the entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem for the final week of his pre-resurrection life. Jonathan will be preaching to us from Psalm 27.

Liquid Lunches – Monday through Friday we are recommending that people fast from solid food and use the lunch time to pray. We will be sending out a prayer guide with Scriptures and topics to help you focus this time.

Good Friday – We will be having a service of singing and Scripture meditation with a short devotional from Theo as we reflect on the meaning of the death of Christ. 6:45 PM at The Meeting Place.

Outreach Saturday – We want EVERYONE to participate in some part of this day. It will begin with a brief prayer meeting at The Meeting Place at 10:30 AM. Then we will go out and do surveys at several foot-traffic hot spots throughout the UIC Area, asking questions about Easter that could lead to spiritual conversations. Then at 1:00 PM we will be having an Easter Egg Hunt Outreach at Arrigo Park. Please be inviting people to this! We emailed out a digital invitation this week and will have printed copies for you to take at the service tomorrow and share with friends and classmates.

Easter Sunday – In lieu of Table Talk there will be a brunch for everyone at 9:30 AM before the service.

2017 Easter Egg

The week leading up to Easter is always a big week in the life of Immanuel. Here’s what to expect this year:

4/9 – Palm Sunday (Jonathan will be preaching to kick off our week together)

4/10-15 – ‘Liquid Lunches’ (this year’s suggested fast is no solid food for lunches; we’ll be sending out prayer guides so you can use that time to focus spiritually)

4/14 – Good Friday Service (a contemplative service with songs, readings, and a brief message on the atonement from Theo)

4/15 – Prayer and Outreach (in the morning we’ll gather at The Meeting Place to pray together and then go out across the UIC Area to do surveys that will lead to spiritual conversations about Easter; then in the afternoon we’ll also be having an Easter Egg hunt for kids at Arrigo Park where the gospel will be presented; we’d like everyone to participate in at least one of these outreach events)

4/16 – Brunch and Celebration Service (before worship there will be a spread of breakfast food to eat together!)

Easter Brunch will be at 9:30 AM on Sunday. Bring something to share if you can. If you can’t, still come! I’m sure there will be enough.

Also, don’t forget that service tonight starts at 6:45 PM. There are still slots to sign up for prayer between tonight and Sunday. And the Easter Egg Hunt Outreach is at 10:30 AM tomorrow morning.

From @immanuelchicago on Twitter

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