Weekly Bulletin

Early on the fist day of the week...
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb
and saw that the stone had been
removed from the tomb.
John 20:1, NRSV

United Methodist Churches of Cresco and Zion
April 17, 2022
Zion - 8:30 A.M.
First Church Service 10:00 A.M.
Pastor Derrick Okine

Prelude—Mary Ellen Turnmire 

Worship & Song Leader—Julie Carter 

Opening Prayer 

Welcome and Announcements 

Call to Worship 
L: Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever. 
P: Let Israel say it: “God’s faithful love lasts forever.” 
L: The Lord was my strength and protection; he was my saving help! 
P: The sounds of joyful songs and deliverance are heard in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s strong hand is victorious!” 
L: The Lord’s strong hand is ready to strike! The Lord’s strong hand is victorious!” P: I won’t die—no, I will live and declare what the Lord has done. 
L: Yes, the Lord definitely disciplined me, but he didn’t hand me over to death. 
P: Open the gates of righteousness for me so I can come in and give thanks to the Lord! 
L: This is the Lord’s gate; those who are righteous enter through it. 
P: I thank you because you answered me, because you were my saving help. 
L: The stone rejected by the builders is now the main foundation stone! 
P: This has happened because of the Lord; it is astounding in our sight! This is the day the Lord acted; we will rejoice and celebrate in it! 

*The Apostles’ Creed—page 881 

*Hymn #322—“Up From the Grave He Arose” 

Scripture—John 20:1-18
L: This is the word of God 
P: Thanks be to God 

Children’s Sermon—Marleen Burgess 

Sermon Hymn #306—“The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done” 

Sermon—The Implication of the Empty Tomb 

Communion—page 12 

Joys and Concerns and Offering 

*Closing Hymn #310—“He Lives” 

 Benediction Response— “Blessing Song” 


v Wednesday, April 20 
Bible study—9:15 A.M. 
Items for the May newsletter are due 

v Sunday, April 24 Last day of Sunday School this spring 
Cresco service-10:00 A.M. 

v For those of you who have volunteered for Meals on Wheels this past year the Appreciation Day is Tuesday, April 19th at the meal site at 10:00 A.M. The location was incorrect in the invitation that you received in the mail. Make sure you RSVP to Patty Scholtes on Monday at 563-379-9737 if you have not done so already.
Pillow Cleaning will take place on Wednesday, April 27th from 6:00-8:00 P.M. and Thursday, April 28th from 7:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M. 

v May is the month that our church is in charge of Meals on Wheels. The signup sheet is at the back of the sanctuary. Melodee misspoke last Sunday. We still need people to work in the meal site on Thursday, May 12th, 19th, and the 26th. 

v Sunday, May 1st will be Senior Recognition Sunday. 

v To reach Pastor, email him at pastderrick@gmail.com or call/text him at 605-691-6020. 

v April 10, 2022: Attendance-51 

v Happy Easter! 

The Resurrection 
We hold so close to our hearts 
The cross where Jesus died, 
But so much more than the blood-stained cross 
Is that Jesus came back to life.

 The stone’s been rolled away; 
The tomb lay open and bare— 
They looked for Him, and then the angel said
 That He is no longer here. 

Oh what joy they must have felt
 To see Him just once more, 
To eat with Him, to drink with Him, 
To receive Him back as Lord 

So much did He accomplish 
Through His death upon the cross 
And in His rising from the dead, 
He reconciled us back to God.

 Nothing else could bridge the gap 
That sin had wretched apart— 
Now we can freely go to God 
And receive Christ in our hearts. 

M.S. Lowndes

Sermon Text:

The Implication of the Empty Tomb 
 It’s Easter. In many ways, this day plans itself. It forms itself. There are patterns and rituals and traditions to this day that are unique to us—Cresco and Zion UMC congregations. 
Easter, like Christmas, takes up residence in our consciousness and lives there almost as an entity of itself. And there are plusses and minuses to this. We might feel locked into a pattern that no longer speaks, but we might also tap into memories that open us-Cresco and Zion believers- into a new and deeper faith. What are your expectations this Easter 2022? 
 Can Easter 2022 be the means by which we launch the Cresco community off with renewed vigor and passion, conviction and purpose into evangelism, witnessing and mission to the world? 
 Like Mary, “We Are Witnesses,” and it suggests that are both “seeing” and “telling.” Claiming the faith that we have received is the beginning, but then offering this faith to the world at large is part of what it means to be witnesses. 
 We are witnesses and we give a witness. 
We need to tell the Easter story with power and passion in whatever ways that are meaningful to the Cresco community. The greatness of Easter is found in the life that we live in-the new light Christ has given us. So, even on Easter Sunday, we are pointing toward the future, toward what is coming. 
    Let our prayers be prayers of celebration of the gift that Easter is, but also for the strength to live into the promise of new life. How are we responding to the call to new life and new living? And, that life is lived out loud in as public a way as possible. And the light and life of Easter invites us to see all that is still of death in our world—not just in our individual hearts, but in our community and in our world. We give witness to new possibilities and new hope because of Easter. We give witness to the end of hate, the end of war, the end of division, and the end of injustice. Because of Easter, we are witnesses to a new kingdom—because God raised Jesus from the dead. 
    First, The empty tomb implies that, Jesus Christ is resurrected. By his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he won for us by his death. 
    Second, by his power we too are already now resurrected to a new life. 
     Third, Christ’s resurrection is a guarantee of our glorious resurrection. Our salvation and healing is accomplished by His resurrection. 
     Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins. Our punishment was put on him. Isaiah 53:4-5-It was certainly our sickness that he carried, and our sufferings that he bore, but we thought him afflicted, struck down by God and tormented. 5 He was pierced because of our rebellions, and crushed because of our crimes. He bore the punishment that made us whole; by his wounds we are healed. The KJV says surely, ( no doubt ) 
     Matthew 8:16- That evening people brought to Jesus many who were demon-posses-ed. He threw the spirits out with just a word. He healed everyone who was sick. 17This happened so that what Isaiah the prophet said would be fulfilled: He is the one who took our illnesses and carried away our diseases. Every negative we fear, Jesus cast away sickness and death. 
     Why did Jesus do this for us? To fulfill all the promises that God has made to us. God is jealous over His word/prophecies and wants to make sure that all that comes out of His mouth is fulfilled. 
     1 Peter 2:24-He carried in his own body on the cross the sins we committed. He did this so that we might live in righteousness, having nothing to do with sin. By his wounds you were healed. Jesus Himself carried, not an angel or servant. 
     Why? Because we are precious before God. By His wounds, we are healed. Isaiah 53 is the double cure-for salvation and healing. We know that after we accepted that he died to pay for our sins and believed in our heart, confessing with our lips that Jesus is Lord, and that God raised him from the dead, we are saved. Why don’t we believe that, by his wounds we are healed. We don’t see salvation yet trust Him to deliver us from hell. 
    Why not trust him for healing before we see it manifested? 
    3 things to take home on Easter Sunday: i-proclamation for our healing &health; ii-prescription for our healing & health; and iii-preservation for our healing & health 
     i-God proclaimed our salvation and healing. God wants us to understand that his words are certain. Exodus 
    15:26- The Lord said, “If you are careful to obey the Lord your God, do what God thinks is right, pay attention to his commandment , and keep all of his regulations, then I won’t bring on you any of the diseases that I brought on the Egyptians. I am the Lord who heals you.” 
    Anytime the Bible mentions Egypt, that means the world and all its systems (culture, government, lies) 
    Sometimes you look around you, and you see things that should not be there. You ask your spouse, “dear, did you put this here?” No. You ask your children, and they respond negatively. Then we can remove it. God said, anything that He has not allowed in your life, He will get rid of it. God/Jesus/Holy Spirit must remove sickness from Egypt from us. Do not say, my sickness is from God. God is getting glory from my being sick. Every evil plant not sown by God in your head, body, liver, kidney, legs is going in Jesus’ name. He says, I am the lord that heals You. What a proclamation! 
     Psalm 107:20-God sent out his word and healed them; God rescued them from the grave. Know that the word is the servant of the Lord. It is like Jesus or the angels. The written word is ‘Logos,’ and spoken word is called ‘Rhema’         Jesus/angel/word must accomplish anything God sends them to do for us. 
    Isaiah 55:8-9-As the rain/the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Healing and salvation have come to us because God sent. 
    Have you ever seen a farmer using an umbrella to stop the rain/snow from making the earth wet? Saying, I don’t need more rain. Then, why are we resisting the word of God in our lives, homes, schools, nation? 
    Life has come to us. Christ has sent us His word. At creation, the word gave light, animals, sea, etc. Angels and demons cannot contradict God’s word. God’s healing words will set us free from anxiety/depression, sickness. 
    If your umbrella can’t stop showers of blessing, so shall God’s word not return until we receive our healing and health-it shall accomplish all in your life, home, and ministry. 
    Mark 17:15-20- Jesus’ last words were, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; Thank God, I’m a believer. Are you a believer? Then power of Jesus is in you. God will confirm as you preach. 
     ii-Prescription is what a good doctor gives you after diagnosis. When you return still sick, he asks did you take as prescribed? You listen to get well.
     Exodus 15:26-God said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to the command and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you” 
    Proverbs 4:20-22-My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. Do you read, listen, digest, chew your Bible as God prescribed? 
    God created the doctor and you. Do you follow the doctor’s instruction and ignore God’s instruction? 
    Exodus 23:25-26-25 You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst.26 None shall lose her young by miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. On Sundays, when the body of Christ needs you, are you here to serve God? Do you see God’s condition for taking away evil from our lives? Serve God daily.     Who are you serving? James 5:13-18-Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise [to God]. 14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. 15 And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be Forgiven. Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false step, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (continued, heart-felt) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. 17 Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we… 
    iii-Preservation-your healing from God will be permanent in Jesus’ name. Exodus 15:26 and Job 17:9-Yet shall the righteous (those upright and in right standing with God) hold to their ways, and he who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger. Stay by God’s prescription and be well. 
    Isaiah 33:24- And no inhabitant of Cresco Zion and First UMC will say, I am sick; the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity and guilt. Jesus said sin no more lest a worst thing come upon you (John 5:14).To stay healthy we remain intimate with Dr. Jesus. Please, shall we stay from places and habits which invite sickness. God wishes that we proclaim and preserve our healing and health using the prescription he’s given us today-Dr. Jesus. Sow the word as seed in you, water it, and provide the right condition to grow. The seed of God’s word needs your attention to produce a blade, ear, and corn. Christ is resurrected! Amen!