Sunday Moments

April 12, 2020


with Anderson and Rich Carroll


You call me out upon the waters,
the great unknown where feet may fail;
And there I find you in the mystery,
in oceans deep, my faith will stand.

And I will call upon your name,
and keep my eyes above the waves,
when oceans rise my soul will rest in your embrace,
for I am yours and you are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters,
your sov'reign hand will be my guide.
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me,
you've never failed and you won't start now.

Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders,
let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.
Houston | Crocker | Ligthelm © 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing CCLI #383771

Easter Greeting*

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Prayer of the Day*

God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Matthew 28:1-10

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 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.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Thought for the Day

As we are gathering in our homes this morning, we find that Easter has indeed come! “Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!” These familiar words bring comfort to us in this ever-changing world we are now embracing. Like the women who left the tomb where they thought they would find the body of Jesus, they suddenly met up with the risen Christ! Their lives were changed by this unexpected encounter with the living Christ. And they went on to share this good news.

Our Easter morning plans are unexpectedly changed too. When we once worried about special Easter flowers for the altar, or will we have enough bulletins or will the anthem go well…all these plans have changed or actually disappeared!

Now more than ever we are concerned with people’s lives, their health and their safety. Now we pray continuously for first responders, medical personnel, delivery drivers, store clerks and shelf re-stockers, funeral directors, postal workers, and others responding to the needs of people. We pray for those who are ill, for those who have lost loved ones, for those without homes, and for those that are alone or isolated. We find creative ways to serve those in need. Throughout our Calumet community and the world we see people making facemasks, giving blood and plasma, picking up groceries for neighbors, and serving at food banks. We find new ways to be connected to our families and friends and in our worship communities. It’s a huge shift in our daily thinking. Our community has expanded in ways we never expected.

And yet we still have the hope of these familiar words, “Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!” We are brought from unfamiliar, unexpected and isolated times to the light of the resurrection. I invite you to look for that light today. Look for the risen Christ in unexpected places and people. Christ is with us, right here, today.

Our song of the day is not your traditional song for Easter Sunday. “Oceans” is a song that calls us to trust and have faith in Jesus even in the changing and tumultuous times like now. We may be surrounded by fears and anxieties but Jesus is our strong guide. Jesus calls us, always reaching out to us, and invites us to call out his name. Jesus does not fail. Jesus lives and is our constant guide no matter what.

“Oceans” is a song that was introduced to camp several summers ago by Anderson Carroll, a camper and staff alum who sings on today’s video with her father and Calumet alum, Rich Carroll. They recorded it this Holy Week while staying at home in New York.

I share these words from a letter my friend and Calumet alum, Pastor Brad Wolff, wrote this week to the ecumenical bible study folks who usually meet on Tuesdays at Calumet: “The Christian Church has always held the belief that the resurrection of Jesus Christ changed humanity forever. As we mark that Easter event, we too call upon our faith to steady us in this time of turmoil. This Easter we are uplifted by the recognition that one true glimpse of the Glory of God will do more to sustain us than a stay at home study of the suffering and statistics generated by this relentless virus. This is a tumultuous season of our lives. May we meet it with resolve, compassion for one another, a steady hand, and the daring to embrace the joy and glory of Easter in the midst of this time of tumult.”

~Judy Hakanson Smith, Director of Adult and Family Programs

Prayers of Intercession**

Dear members of God’s family: on this Easter Day marked by both sorrow and joy, our prayers for the church, the world, and all in need include both heartfelt lament and fervent praise.

A brief silence.

God our Sanctuary, we lament that we cannot gather today for public worship, that death stalks the church, and that our sorrows and fears blunt our songs of Alleluia.

A brief silence.  Show the church your mercy: Your mercy endures forever.

And yet around the globe we praise you for the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, for our baptismal washing in his life, for your presence come to us in the word, and for the hope the gospel brings.

A brief silence. We praise you for the church: Alleluia! Thanks be to God!

God our Creator, we lament that our lifestyles have harmed your creation and that our efforts to repair your earth are now postponed.

A brief silence. Show the earth your mercy: Your mercy endures forever.

God our Physician, we lament all who suffer, those we name here before you. . . but especially we lament the coronavirus and its incalculable suffering, the many thousands sick, the fear instilled, the loss of employment, the cancelation of plans, the overflow in hospitals, the scarcity of supplies, the exhaustion of medical staff.

A brief silence. Show all the needy your mercy: Your mercy endures forever.

And yet we praise you for health and well-being wherever it thrives, for the dedication of medical workers, for the goodwill of volunteers, for the generosity of benefactors, and for the comfort we receive from the power of the resurrection.

A brief silence. We praise you for healing: Alleuia! Thanks be to God!

God, our Everlasting Arms, mother us in our heartache and distress, receive now our personal laments, and help each of us to praise your name.

A brief silence. We praise you for hearing my prayers: Alleluia! Thanks be to God!

God our Life Eternal, we lament the thousands dead and the sadness of all who mourn, and we remember before you all who have died in the faith.

A brief silence. Show to all humanity your mercy: Your mercy endures forever

And yet here we join our Alleluias, and we praise you on this Easter Day for your promise of an endless banquet of joyous life in your presence, when disease and sorrow will be no more.

A brief silence. In life and death we praise you: Alleluia! Thanks be to god!

God our Life Eternal, we lament the thousands dead and the sadness of all who mourn, and we remember before you all who have died in the faith.


The blessing of the living God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
surround and sustain you,
keep you from harm,
and fill you with courage.


Christ is risen, just as he said.
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
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