Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday 20 April 2003
7:30 AM

Presented by the Senior High UMYF

Prelude Thrive
Call to Worship
Leader: God has sent out His Light and His Truth: let them lead you.
People We were glad when they said to us, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Leader The Lord is Risen!
People The Lord is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah!
Hymn #314 - In The Garden
Responsive Reading
Leader:  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
People:  Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."
Leader:  The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.
People:  I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.
Leader:  Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them 
and give thanks to the LORD.
People:  This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
Leader:  This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
People:  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! 
We bless you from the house of the LORD.
Leader:  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
People:  for his steadfast love endures forever!
Special Music
Emily St.
Crown Him With Many Crowns
Morning Prayers
Emily So.
Now, we come to a time of prayer.  Let us pray:
O God of sunrise and sunset, let this be an hour of sunrise in our hearts, when all things are made bright and new.
Drive away the shadows of discouragement and loneliness.
Raise us up from beds of weariness and despair.
Outfit us with the joy and excitement for a new day, when we shall walk in the way of Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen
Stuck at Home Easter Morning

Stacey gets comfy in the recliner, wraps up with the blanket, and pulls out the remote control and TV Guide.
Oh man, it’s last week’s TV Guide.  I’m sure on Easter none of the regular shows are on.. I guess I’ll have to use the TV Guide Channel to see what’s on now.
Stacey uses the remote – Ross and Leah come out from behind the lectern, make a sharp turn toward the congregation, as though to a change in cameras
Hey, are you watching up here? We’ll let you know what’s coming up on everything while you wait for the 576 digital channels you don’t get to scroll by.
That’s right, and we’ll even help catch you up on stuff you might have missed, like this from The Price is Right!  (music up)
(as Bob Barker) You know how the range game works.  Just say stop when the range gets to the right price for the prize.
OK, Bob.
It’s getting awfully high now, Emily
I know, Bob.  I guess I’ll stop it now.
Stopping it at the very top, well let’s see how that strategy pays off.  Oh dear, the price is even higher than the game could show; I guess no one could pay that price.  Emily, I’m sorry.
Not as sorry as I am, Bob.
Wasn’t that exciting?
Yeah, right – a price no one could pay?  Why even play the game, then?
Maybe you missed the news about a popular soap.  (up music)  In a surprise move, the producers of One Life to Live are changing the name of the program, trying to make a new start with the audience.
What’s it going to be now, Ross?
Well, Leah, they’re going to call it Two Lives to Live – we’re really looking forward to some transformations of the characters there now.
Two lives?  What are they talking about?  This is retarded.
Leah, I hear tension is really building over at Fox, as we wait to see what happens after that Friday episode of Jesus in the Middle  (music up)  Remember this?
3 kids together – Jill on left, Ben in the middle, Emily2 on the right
Come on – if you’re so great, get us down from here.
Hey, leave him alone, why don’t you?  I don’t see you getting down yet.
(blows raspberries)
Just stop it!
Thanks, man, I’ll never forget this.
I thought his name was Malcolm – hmm, not the boss of me?  What’s going on with TV?
You know, TV Land has one of my favorites.  I still wonder if those crazy Galileans will ever get off that island  (up music)
I know, but I really like the last verse of the theme song:
Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, (sings a couple lines to the tune of Gilligan's Island)
Me too.
I never heard that verse before.  I wonder what else I’ve been missing.  Oh no!  I just missed all the regular channels on the scroll!  I’m stuck here for another 576 digital channels.  Great.
Hey, Leah, it looks like a first on Cops tonight.
What do you mean – everyone has on clothes that actually fit them?
Well, not that big a first, I guess – but there’s a guy they’re actually not going to arrest! 
(music up)
(to Ben)  That’s the guy right there – he was with the other one!
No I wasn’t!  Let go!  (as Ben grabs his arm)
Emily’s right, Ben.  I saw him with that guy earlier!
You’re crazy; I don’t know him!
Just listen to how he talks; you know they’re both from the boonies – it has to be him.
(pulls away from Ben) I told you, I don’t know him!
Wow!  That was exciting, but what was that sound as the clip ended?
I’m not sure, but it sounded like a chicken or something to me.  What else is coming up, Leah?
Better be something good this time; this is getting pretty old.
There’s a big surprise coming up on Everybody Loves Jesus (music up).
Really?  What’s that?
Leah Just watch.
Ben Look, I need to ask you a favor.
Chris Well, what is it?
Ben I need you to take care of my Mom for a while – could she come live with you for a while?
Chris Sure, that’s no problem.  Come on, Mother.  (to Jill)
Leah Bet you didn’t see that one coming.
Ross You’re right about that!  But that’s like CSI, where nobody sees anything coming.  They have to figure it all out afterwards.  (music up)  Next time on Crucifixion Scene Investigation:
Chris OK, so you say this is where they were crucified?
Jill That’s right.  Just up here on the hill.
Emily1 I saw most of it.  It was horrible.
Emily2 That’s right – just nasty.
Jill Did you see anyone leave the scene?
Emily2 Just his friend and his mother.
Emily1 Right, that was just before he died.
Chris Were there any other witnesses?  Anyone who can tell me anything at all?  How about you, officer?
Ben Well, all I can say is that he was the Son of God for sure.
Leah Wow! Some pretty intense stuff there.  When that’s done, and it’s time to relax from all that stress, who could help more than Emeril?!  (music up)
Ross Right, Leah.  And tonight he’s making a menu he got from his good friend, Jesus.  Honey Barbecued Quails with manna, sardine sandwiches, and some flame grilled lake trout.
Leah Mmm.  To die for.
Ross You said it, Leah.
Stacey They better hurry and get back to the regular channels, or I’m going to go crazy.  Let’s see.  What’s on 76 now?  (remote)  Oh cool, one of those TV preachers.  This should be good for a few laughs.
Jill, and 
Listen to the Word of the Lord from 1st Peter 1:18-19
And from John 3:1-15
And from Luke 23:39-43
And from Ephesians 2:8-10
And from Matthew 26:69-75
And from John 19:25-27
And from Mark 15:36-41
And from John 6:31-35
And from Luke 23:50-53 & 24:1-12
Stacey Hey – those all were like the TV shows they were talking about.  Except that last one – what was that?  Oh well, I’m going to check out what’s on TLC and see what I can learn there.  (remote) (music up)
Leah (as Page) OK, time’s up!  Let’s see how Joseph here likes what Jesus did with his space these last few days.  OK, Joseph, you can open your eyes now.
Ben Oh my!  I never expected this!
Leah Is that good or bad?
Ben No, no, I love it.  An empty tomb – this is just excellent!  And I love what you’ve done with the linens over there, all folded up neatly and everything.  Oh, this is just perfect!
Ty and Amy Winn bring the cross out and put it on the saw horses.
Chris (as Ty) Now, folks, you all know that Jesus died on the Cross for us.
Emily (as Amy) That’s right, Ty.  It was like our sins were nailed to that Cross with Him.
Leah Right you are, guys.  So we’d like to invite you all to come up and put a nail in this Cross as a way of remembering that when Jesus died for us, He took our sins with Him to the Cross, and we don’t ever have to take them back again!
Chris Right, so we’ve got hammers and nails here for you to use, so come on down!
Emily Wrong show, Ty.  But also, if you’d like to take one of the nails, to remind you of this gift, please feel free, there are plenty.
Hymn #364 - Because He Lives
Summing Up /
 When Stacey first settled into her recliner, you probably wondered what in the world we were doing.
 When she started getting all the program previews, you might have thought, “aha – now I get it – it’s a bunch of Easter jokes using TV shows.”
 But then she found that TV preacher show, where they actually read the Scripture, and you probably started to see more of what we were after.
 Then – when the Trading Spaces theme came on, and you got to participate – hopefully it really hit home.  This isn’t just a story that we watch.  This isn’t just something that happened to some people long ago in a land far away.  This is something that happened for someone – for us – for you and for me.
 So, even though the TV shows we used don’t really have the episodes we described; even though TV usually gets it wrong; when we know the Story of God’s Love for us, we can see through to where the Truth lies.
 If the next time you see one of these programs, you think about Jesus’ sacrifice for you, then this skit worked.  And if you think of His Love for you whenever you watch anything, that’s the greatest gift we could give you – a reminder of the Gift of Salvation from Christ to you.  Because He didn’t just die to pay for your sins, He rose again to take us with Him to glory in Heaven with His Father – and our Father! 
 That’s what Easter means – without that empty tomb that Joseph lent to Jesus, without the resurrection, we would still be trying to work our way to God, and we can’t do it.  But with that empty tomb and the resurrection, we don’t need to work our way there, the price is paid, and Jesus went ahead to prepare a place for us!  So now we ask this blessing on all of us here today:
 Father, give all of us Your Joy, that we might always praise You, praise Jesus, and praise the Holy Spirit for who You are, and for what You have done for us.  You created us, nurtured us, loved and redeemed us.  Give us hearts full of Thanks, Joy, and Praise.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord.  Amen.

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