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Sunday, April 12, 2020—Easter

If you prefer a bulletin, click this link: Bulletin 20-04-05 web. It contains the material below.

Before we celebrate, you may want to meditate again on the cross. Here are a couple of songs from our Good Friday service along with one new offering. (If you couldn’t attend the service you may be surprised!)

Blessed Redeemer

 

When I survey

 

 

And here are some of our kids moving through Holy Week into Easter!

 

Prelude

CHRIST THE LORD IS RIS’N TODAY (HYMN 137)

Let’s join the Getty family for what many consider the greatest hymn ever written. We intended only the first song here, but if you want to listen to the rest they are all great resurrection songs! Your kids will enjoy this. (Note: some of their lyrics are slightly different.)

 
Christ the Lord is ris’n today! Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth reply: Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, o death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once he all doth save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, o grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, with him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies! Alleluia!

 

Call to Worship

 
I Corinthians 5:6b-8.
6  Do you not know that a little leaven
leavens the whole lump?
7 Cleanse out the old leaven
so that you may be a new lump,
as you really are unleavened.
For Christ, our Passover lamb, 
has been sacrificed.
8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival,
not with the old leaven, 
the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened
bread  of sincerity and truth.

 

PRAISE & WORSHIP

SEE WHAT A MORNING (RESURRECTION HYMN)  by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty

 
See what a morning—gloriously bright
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem!
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce, “Christ is risen.”
See God’s salvation plan
Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ the Man,
For He lives! Christ is risen from the dead!

See Mary weeping, “Where is He laid?”
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb,
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name.
It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again.
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives! Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty.
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned with power and authority!
And we are raised with Him;
Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered,
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives! Christ is risen from the dead!
Copyright © 2003 Thankyou Music/MCPS

 

HE IS RISEN by Graham Kendrick and Paul Baloche

 
Early morning, break of dawn,
Stumbling to the tomb, standing awestruck,
Wond’ring who rolled away the stone—
And as the sun came up, amazed they looked inside
And saw an angel clothed in light.
“Don’t be afraid! He is alive!”

He is risen! Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Christ is risen! Let the whole world sing!
Christ is risen, Christ is risen,
Christ is risen from the dead!

Sing with all creation, sing of a world made new!
Endless life we too may live, bursting from the tomb!
And looking up, we see our King enthroned on high,
His wounds of love now glorified.
Rejoice, for soon He’ll burst the skies!

Christ is risen! He is risen!
© 2013 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
CCLI Song # 6606369, CCLI License # 692008

 

CHRIST AROSE (HYMN 138) by Robert Lowry, 1874

 
Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!

Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

 

GLORIOUS DAY (Living He Loved Me) by J. Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, Michael Bleecker

 
One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin,
Dwelt among men—my example is He.
The Word became flesh and the light shined among us—
His glory revealed!

Living He loved me, dying He saved me,
Buried He carried my sins far away,
Rising He justified freely forever—
One day He’s coming, O glorious day, O glorious day!

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree.
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected,
Bearing our sins my Redeemer is He.
The hands that healed nations stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me.

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door.
Then He arose—over death He had conquered,
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore.
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again.

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved one bringing—
My Savior Jesus is mine.
G © 2009 Word Music, LLC. CCLI#692008

 

MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Scripture Isaiah 61:1-3, 10-11

Sermon Road to Resurrection – Part 4: Alive! Luke 15:11-32

(For audio version of the sermon click here.)

Road to Resurrection Part 4- Alive!

Happy Easter! This week’s online worship service is very special. Trust me, you will not want to miss it. The full service, not just the sermon you see here, will be available before sunrise on Easter morning. You will find it by going to our online worship page at https://www.fbfellowship.org/online-worship/ Once there scroll down and click on the link for Sunday, April 12, 2020–Easter Sunday. That link for that date will not appear on the page until before dawn on Easter.

Posted by Faith Bible Fellowship on Saturday, April 11, 2020

 

SERMON NOTES

ONE BIG IDEA
Restored relationship with God is the ultimate reason
for a grand celebration.

1) The journey home is paved with repentance.

2) In his compassion and mercy, the Father declares abundant life.

3) May our desires be for all to experience the generosity of God.


RESPONSE TO THE PREACHED WORD

ALL MY HOPE by David Crowder and Ed Cash

 
I’ve been held by the Savior, I’ve felt fire from above,
I’ve been down to the river: I ain’t the same, a prodigal returned.

All my hope is in Jesus. Thank God that yesterday’s gone:
(Yes) All my sins are forgiven,
(Oh I’ve) I’ve been washed by the blood!

I’m no stranger to prison—I’ve worn shackles and chains—
But I’ve been freed and forgiven
And I’m not going back. I’ll never be the same.
That’s why I sing …

There’s a kind of thing that just breaks a man,
Breaks him down to his knees.
God, I’ve been broken more than a time or two.
Yes, Lord! Then He picked me up and showed me
What it means to be a man.
Come on and sing …
© 2016 Alletrop Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
CCLI Song # 7068805  CCLI License # 692008

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
Feel free to respond in prayer, aloud or silently, as the Lord leads.

CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS (HYMN 62)

 
Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne:
Hark! how the heav’nly anthem drowns all music but its own!
Awake my soul and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love: Behold His hands and side—
Rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified;
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his wond’ring eye at mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of life: who triumphed o’er the grave,
Who rose victorious to the strife for those He came to save;
His glories now we sing, who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring and lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of heav’n: One with the Father known,
One with the Spirit through Him giv’n from yonder glorious throne.
To Thee be endless praise, for Thou for us hast died;
Be Thou, O Lord, through endless days adored and magnified!

 

BENEDICTION

 

MEDITATION

During this season of Lent, with permission, we are publishing prayers from The Valley of Vision, edited by Arthur Bennett (Banner of Truth Trust, 1975).

O GOD OF MY EXODUS,
Great was the joy of Israel’s sons, when Egypt died upon the shore,
      Far greater the joy when the Redeemer’s foe lay crushed in the dust.
Jesus strides forth as the victor,
      conqueror of death, hell, and all opposing might;
He bursts the bands of death,
      tramples the powers of darkness down, and lives for ever.
He, my gracious surety,
      apprehended for payment of my debt,
      comes forth from the prison house of the grave
      free, and triumphant over sin, Satan, and death.
Show me herein the proof that his vicarious offering is accepted,
      that the claims of justice are satisfied,
      that the devil’s sceptre is shivered,
      that his wrongful throne is levelled.
Give me the assurance that in Christ I died, in him I rose,
      in his life I live, in his victory I triumph,
      in his ascension I shall be glorified.
Adorable Redeemer,
      thou who wast lifted up upon a cross
      art ascended to highest heaven.
Thou, who as Man of sorrows wast crowned with thorns,
      art now as Lord of life wreathed with glory.
Once, no shame more deep than thine,
      no agony more bitter, no death more cruel.
Now, no exaltation more high, no life more glorious,
      no advocate more effective.
Thou art in the triumph car leading captive
      thine enemies behind thee.
What more could be done than thou hast done!
      Thy death is my life,
      thy resurrection my peace,
      thy ascension my hope,
      thy prayers my comfort.

 

GIVING

Consider this statement the box in the back of our sanctuary! God loves a cheerful giver, and we still have ways you can give. Either send a check to Faith Bible Fellowship, PO Box 917, Farmville, VA 23901, or click here. Thank you!

 

Postscript

Sherri had wanted to do Come Let Us Worship Christ in this service but couldn’t find an online rendition anywhere. Kyra happened to ask about the song this morning, and Karissa sent the family this FBF recording, circa 2003. Bonus points to any old-timers who can guess who is singing/playing.

 

COME LET US WORSHIP CHRIST by Michael Baughen
Come let us worship Christ
to the glory of God the Father,
for he is worthy of all our love;
He died and rose for us!
Praise him as Lord and Savior.

And when the trumpet shall sound
and Jesus comes in great power,
then he will raise us to be with him
forevermore!

“I am the bread of life;
he who comes to me shall not hunger;
and all who trust in me shall not thirst.”
This is what Jesus said:
praise him as Lord and Savior.

“I am the door to life;
he who enters by me is saved,
abundant life he will then receive.”
This is what Jesus said:
praise him as Lord and Savior.

“I am the light of the world;
if you follow me, darkness ceases,
and in its place comes the light of life.”
This is what Jesus said:
praise him as Lord and Savior.

Lord, we are one with you;
we rejoice in your new creation:
our hearts are fired by your saving love.
Take up our lives, O Lord,
and use us for your glory.
A (© 1973 The Jubilate Group; CCLI #692008)

 

And finally, a picture from the Markens’ little sunrise service this morning, a thousand feet from the house.