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Worship and Sermon
Resources for Easter Sunday

"But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him." Mark 16:6

Texts & Discussions

Acts 10:34-43  or
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11

John 20:1-18 or
Mark 16:1-8


This Week's Themes:

God's Victory Over Darkness
Lord's Resurrection
Hope & New Life in Jesus
Redemption & Salvation


Closing prayer/Benediction:
a prayer by Saint Patrick

Christ be with us, Christ before us, Christ behind us,
Christ in us, Christ beneath us, Christ above us,
Christ on our right, Christ on our left,
Christ where we lie, Christ where we sit,
Christ where we arise.
Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of us,
Christ in every eye that sees us,
Christ in every ear that hears us.
Salvation is of the Lord,
Salvation is of the Christ,
May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.  Amen.

Multi-Media Resources:

Kids' Sermon PPT

Easter Video

  Good Friday Video

Free  Downloads


Easter Sunday


Sermons from the DPS Archive:


Children's Sermons:

1) Rise and Shine
2) God's Witness Protection Program, Acts 10:34-43
3) God of Happy Endings
4) Inside of an Egg
It's All in the Eggs


Sermon Excerpts:

What if Christ had not risen?
Mark 16:1-8

by Frank Schaefer

Just imagine we only had the original Gospel of Mark in our NT bible. That’d be a pretty frill--less Easter celebration, don’t you think?

Now, even in the original version of Mark though you still have the empty tomb and the promise that the disciples will meet up with Jesus again.

But, this whole thing made me ponder an interesting question: what if Jesus hadn’t risen from the dead? Would it still be possible to believe in him as our Savior? What would it be like to talk about a Savior who died and didn’t rise from the dead in a physical sense?

Well, I suppose there are religions whose founders did die and didn’t rise from the grave, like Mohamed and Moses, and these religions still live on.

I guess, a belief in the physical resurrection of Jesus is not absolutely necessary for the theology of salvation through the cross—Christ could have still died an atoning death for your and my sins--forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God would still be in place even without a belief in the resurrection.

But would the Christian message still be the same?

No, I’m sure there’d be something missing. Had Jesus not been raised from the dead, he would have been defeated by the evil powers of this world. The victory would be on the side of Evil, on the side of the corrupt Sanhedrin, and on the side of the gruesome Roman oppressors.

How could we sing “Victory in Jesus,” had he not been raised from the dead? Clearly, a messiah that was condemned by the highest court, a messiah executed by the state -- crucified in shame and agony, does not a victory story make.

Even the original gospel of Mark is clear on this: the tomb was empty, no body to be found. And though there are no reports of appearances by Jesus in the original version, the angel does tell the disciples: He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”

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Brief Easter Sunrise Sermon
John 20:1-18 
by lutherfetch

Advertising Network: a campaign has been developed to attract people to church during the season of Easter.

In this public relations campaign, it is suggested that the cross removed from the alter. According to the author, a survey has revealed that the cross is one of those symbols that the new generation of church goers considered too "churchy "

One pastor interviewed for the campaign gave his whole hearted endorsement. "We are going to attempt to concentrate on the resurrection, and not the death of Jesus.

Easter without the cross. Rather an interesting thought. Kind of like the sun without light, The oceans without water, Or forests without trees. It just doesn’t seem to work. The road to the empty tomb will forever pass by a cross.

As the sun begins to rise this morning, Perhaps we might celebrate not only the resurrection, But the lengths to which our God was willing to go in order that We, the lost, might be redeemed. Our God was willing to go to the cross for us.

Without the risk of losing one’s life, The willingness to suffer, The humility to carry a cross, The resurrection loses its meaning.

Many people have different theories and beliefs about the cross. However, there is one thing that does remain consistent about it… It is impossible to ignore, And wherever it is lifted up, people do respond.

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