Easter SundayHe is risen!
Call to Worship
Today is Easter Sunday. If you call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ and His Way this is a great day. It is the day Jesus rose victoriously over sin and death. It is the lynchpin of our faith and the reason for our hope!
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Wednesday, April 8th we will host an Online Prayer Meeting at 12PM and provide a Zoom link for you to join.
In response to these unprecedented times we have partnered with other churches in praying everyday for the next month. We pray for medical field, civic leaders, the sick, the anxious, the church.
Throughout this time Cascaders will provide you with devotionals focused on one passage, one idea, and one way to apply to our lives.
One of our regular rhythms of worship at Cascades is giving of our finances. We want to partner with Jesus in His kingdom work. Last year 18% of our budget went towards supporting missions work locally and abroad.
We don’t set out to meet some obligatory percentage, but gladly sacrifice for the sake of the gospel because Jesus sacrificed for us, and all we have is His.
Pick one person to read this aloud
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
A Time of Response
Take a few minutes of silence.
Do you thirst for the living God ?
Where has sin distorted, diminished, or destroyed the image of God in you?
What does Jesus death accomplish for you? Where does the Spirit need to help you in your unbelief?
Share what you sense the Spirit saying with those around you. Take a moment to pray over each other and partake in communion, thanking God for His gift of grace in your life.
Respond through Communion
We encourage you to take Communion together, to help you do that our friends at CA Church have provided a helpful guide.
1. Whoever prepares the elements should wash their hand thoroughly, pre-separate the pieces of bread, and avoid sharing a cup.
2. The Scriptures command us to examine our hearts (1 Corinthians 11) before participating in Communion.
Read this passage aloud together
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.