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Easter Reflections – Sunrise Service

Sunrise Service Outline

Today’s Passage:

Luke 24:1-8


Thoughts from the passage

“Remember how He told you…”  Multiple times Jesus had predicted His death and resurrection.  However, Luke explains that, “The disciples did not understand any of this.  It’s meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what He was talking about” (18:34). 

Everything had looked dark and hopeless, but the angels reminded the women of Jesus’ words. They had been despondent and grieving, but they were directed back to what He had said. They had come to perform one final act of service for Jesus, but instead they found an empty tomb and were reminded of His words. As their minds were opened to remember and understand what Jesus had told them about His death and resurrection, the women began to experience hope.  


The words of God still give us hope. Whatever you are facing, remember His words, because God has given them to you in order to give you strength, comfort and direction. The words of Scripture are truth which we can hold onto with absolute assurance.

Perhaps there is a specific verse that has been meaningful, or a word you received in the past, which God wants to remind you of today.  Maybe He gave you clear direction and as the journey is going uphill, you need to be reminded of that direction to affirm that you are on the right path. 

Maybe during a difficult time He used a specific verse, and today, as you face similar emotions, He wants to remind you of how He was there for you before, and use the same verse to assure you that your God has not changed and He will carry you through again.  Maybe He wants to remind you of your favourite verse and all the meaning it holds for you, or give you a new verse today to encourage you or fill you with joy on this Resurrection morning, as you reflect on His words.


Ask God to bring a verse to mind which encourages you today.  Or click on “Verses” below for some scriptures, one of which God may highlight for you.  Take a few moments on your own reflecting on your verse/s. 


For those who feel comfortable, share the verse or word that God has encouraged you with.  If you are on your own today, you might want to message a friend to share with them. 

Make a Reminder: Give each person a piece of paper to write their verse on (nice and big). Stick the verses up in the lounge today to remind you what He has said to you.


Upcoming Events

Open in Prayer

As you have coffee/hot chocolate and hot cross buns, ask each person to share what has made this Easter week memorable and meaningful for them.

Read today's Reflection Passage

Sing 2-3 of the Easter songs you have chosen.  Some suggestions are:

Read verses 6-8 again from today's passage

Read the reflection and do the response

Sing 1 song

Take communion together

Pray together

Have breakfast outside

1“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them.  5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; He has risen!  Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: 7 The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. 8 Then they remembered His words.” 

  1. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lam 3:22-23
  2. The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? Ps 27:1
  3. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil 4:6-7
  4. Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’ John 14:6
  5. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Ps 36:7
  6. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Isa 43:2
  7. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Ps 20:7
  8. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isa 40:31
  9. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isa 54:10
  10. The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.  Deut 31:8
  11. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:8
  12. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me, Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. Ps 23:4
  13. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Rom 8:28
  14. For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our Guide, even to the end. Ps 48:14
  15. My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.  Ps 62:1-2

Summarise the reflection for your kids, sharing with them how special God's Word is for you, and how God has encouraged/ directed/ comforted you through it in the past.

Response: Your children may already have a favourite verse they have learned in Children's Church.  Or you can ask God to show you a verse for them, maybe from the verses list above.  If they can't read yet, help them to memorise the verse or a phrase from it.  Throughout the day ask them again what verse God gave to them this morning. Write it on a piece of paper for them, and allow them to decorate it later before you stick it up.