From our service this morning at Saugatuck Congregational Church, a call-to-worship written to narrate Mary’s experience of that first Easter:
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Mary came to the tomb early that morning and found the stone rolled away.
Two: Where have they taken him?
All: Come, we must find him.
One: For whom are you looking? Whom do you seek?
Two: I am looking for my Lord, do you know where they have taken him?
All: We will not find the living among the dead.
Two: I have seen the Lord! He is alive!
One & Two: Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Children: Alleluia, Alleluia!
All: Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed!
And a confession written from the perspective of Peter:
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
One: I ran to the tomb when Mary told us, because I didn’t know what to believe.
All: Gracious God, when we struggle to believe, like Peter did, give us the first seeds of faith.
One: I saw the empty burial cloths, but I didn’t understand what they meant.
All: Gracious God, when we struggle to understand, like Peter did, water those seeds and help our faith to grow.
One: Jesus appeared to us, and I was afraid.
All: Gracious God, when we are afraid, like Peter was, shelter us and help us to trust you so that our faith may grow strong. Amen.