April 9, 2023: I Have Seen the Lord

Easter Sunday


Easter 2023: I Have Seen the Lord
Easter 2023: I Have Seen the Lord

Scripture: Acts 10:34-43; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Prelude: “Lift High the Cross.” music by Mark Hayes & Marvin Gaspard; Donna Grubbs, piano; Pauline Olsen, organ
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  • “Fanfare for the Lord’s Day,“ words and music by Jerome L. Wright; Trinity Singers
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  • Hymn 71: “Glory Be to the Father (Gloria Patri),” by Henry W. Greatorex
  • Hymn 310: “He Lives,” by Alfred H. Ackley
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  • Hymn 318: “Christ Is Alive,” words by Brian Wren
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  • Offertory: “Trinity Chimes,” by Roger C. Wilson
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  • Hymn 95: “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” words by Thomas Ken, music attr. to Louis Bourgeois
  • Special Music: “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today,” by Lloyd Larson
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  • Hymn 302: “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” by Charles Wesley
  • Readings from Scripture: Acts 10:34-43; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10; Tom Tift
  • Sermon: “I Have Seen the Lord,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 322: “Up from the Grave, He Arose,” by Robert Lowry
  • Postlude: “Christ Arose!” music by Robert Lowry, arr. by Tedd Smith and Don Hustand
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Sermon Outline – Easter Sunday – April 9, 2023

I Have Seen the Lord

I. Writing an Easter – Pasach – Sermon

a. Easter Homily, St. John Chrysostom
i. “Let all pious men and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast”
ii. John Chrysostom, (born 347 CE, Antioch, Syria—died September 14, 407, Comana, Helenopontus)

b. On the Passover, Melito of Sardis
i. On the Passover, For Melito, the Christian celebration of Pascha was an occasion for proclaiming the story of redemptive history and its climactic fulfillment in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
ii. Melito was the bishop of Sardis in Asia Minor at the end of the second century

II. Witnesses to the Resurrection

a. Peter Preaches the Resurrection at Cornelius’ home
i. Power of the proclamation
ii. Resurrection: God’s commitment to ALL humanity
iii. Implications of the Resurrection
1. God is doing something new (with Peter and Cornelius)
2. God is doing something new (with us!)

b. Mary Magdalene’s Witness
i. Mary’s faithfulness
ii. Jesus’ choices
iii. A Jewish woman’s witness

III. Easter People

a. Seeing
b. Believing
c. Sharing

Scripture Lessons

➢ Acts 10:34-43 – Peter preaches the resurrection at Cornelius’s home
➢ Colossians 3:1-4 – Raised in Christ
➢ Matthew 238:1-10 – Mary and Mary go to the tomb

Focus Scriptures

Acts 10:39-40 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear…

Matthew 28:5-7 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”

Jesus, flesh of God

– Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light

Jesus presence of God
peace amid our chaos

Jesus flesh of God
suffering with us

Jesus wound of God
receiving our sorrow

Jesus hope of God
praying for us

Jesus prisoner of God
freely surrendering to us

Jesus innocence of God
our scapegoat

Jesus silence of God
no answer to our accusations

Jesus tenderness of God
dying with us

Jesus love of God
take us