Welcome to Tri-County Baptist's online worship for Easter Sunday, April 12th!

Even though we can’t be physically present with one another, we can nevertheless come together around the same gospel rhythms that form us and fuel us as Christ’s body. We’ve laid those gospel rhythms out for you below, so we’d encourage you to work your way through each section in order. Some important things to note:

1. Interactive Worship ​

Several folks from our church family have recorded themselves leading parts of the worship resource, and you’re encouraged to read along.

2. Videos​

We’ve embedded videos for each of the songs in our worship time into this page. Just click, wait until those pesky ads let you click again, go full screen if you so desire, and sing along! Most of the songs have the lyrics built in; the rest have a closed captioning option.

SONG: In Christ Alone

In Christ Alone
© 2001 by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend / Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capital CMG Publishing) / CCLI Song # 3350395 / License # 287372

Scripture Reading:
John 20:1-10

1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 10 Then they went home.

Reading: Valley of Vision - Resurrection

O GOD OF MY EXODUS,

Great was the joy of Israel’s sons, when Egypt died upon the shore, Far greater the joy when the Redeemer’s foe lay crushed in the dust.

Jesus strides forth as the victor, conqueror of death, hell, and all opposing might;

He bursts the bands of death, tramples the powers of darkness down, and lives for ever.

He, my gracious surety, apprehended for payment of my debt, comes forth from the prison house of the grave free, and triumphant over sin, Satan, and death.

Show me herein the proof that his vicarious offering is accepted, that the claims of justice are satisfied, that the devil’s sceptre is shivered, that his wrongful throne is levelled.

Give me the assurance that in Christ I died, in him I rose, in his life I live, in his victory I triumph, in his ascension I shall be glorified.

Adorable Redeemer, thou who wast lifted up upon a cross art ascended to highest heaven.

Thou, who as Man of sorrows wast crowned with thorns, art now as Lord of life wreathed with glory.

Once, no shame more deep than thine, no agony more bitter, no death more cruel.

Now, no exaltation more high, no life more glorious, no advocate more effective.

Thou art in the triumph car leading captive thine enemies behind thee.

What more could be done than thou hast done! Thy death is my life, thy resurrection my peace, thy ascension my hope, thy prayers my comfort.

SONG: O Praise the Name (Anastasis)​

O Praise the Name (Anastasis)
© 2015 by Hillsong Worship / Hillsong Music Publishing Australia (Admin. by Capital CMG
Publishing) / CCLI Song # 7037787 / License # 28737

Scripture Reading:
Luke 24:1-12

1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

Reading: Spurgeon
"The Power of His Resurrection"

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil 3:10-11)

The doctrine of a risen Saviour is exceedingly precious. The resurrection is the corner-stone of the entire building of Christianity. It is the key-stone of the arch of our salvation. It would take a volume to set forth all the streams of living water which flow from this one sacred source, the resurrection of our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; but to know that he has risen, and to have fellowship with him as such–communing with the risen Saviour by possessing a risen life–seeing him leave the tomb by leaving the tomb of worldliness ourselves, this is even still more precious. The doctrine is the basis of the experience, but as the flower is more lovely than the root, so is the experience of fellowship with the risen Saviour more lovely than the doctrine itself. I would have you believe that Christ rose from the dead so as to sing of it, and derive all the consolation which it is possible for you to extract from this well-ascertained and well-witnessed fact; but I beseech you, rest not contented even there. Though you cannot, like the disciples, see him visibly, yet I bid you aspire to see Christ Jesus by the eye of faith; and though, like Mary Magdalene, you may not “touch” him, yet may you be privileged to converse with him, and to know that he is risen, you yourselves being risen in him to newness of life. To know a crucified Saviour as having crucified all my sins, is a high degree of knowledge; but to know a risen Saviour as having justified me, and to realize that he has bestowed upon me new life, having given me to be a new creature through his own newness of life, this is a noble style of experience: short of it, none ought to rest satisfied. May you both “know him, and the power of his resurrection.” Why should souls who are quickened with Jesus, wear the grave-clothes of worldliness and unbelief? Rise, for the Lord is risen.

SONG: Because He Lives

Because He Lives I Can Face Tomorrow
© 2012 by Soew Rose / TuneCore (Admin. by Capital CMG Publishing); BMI; UMPI; 7 Music
Rights Societies / CCLI Song # 16880 / License # 287372

Scripture Reading:
1 Corinthians 15:50-58

50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on
immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

SONG: Living Hope

Living Hope
© 2001 by Phil Wickham / Phil Wickham Music (Fair Trade Music Publishing [c/o Essential Music
Publishing LLC]); Simply Global Songs (Fair Trade Music Publishing [c/o Essential Music
Publishing LLC]); Sing My Songs (Fair Trade Music Publishing [c/o Essential Music Publishing
LLC]); Bethel Music Publishing / CCLI Song # 7106807 / License # 287372

Easter Prayer from Pastor Brian

Father,
You looked down on my condition and saw the misery which sin produced. I was separated from you in both will and spirit by my sin and sin nature. Thank you for your love which moved you to give me your only Son to take my penalty upon the Cross. Thank you for your wonderful grace that provides me salvation and pardon from my sin. Thank you for your great mercy that provided me rescue from my despair and eternal life by your power and through the resurrection of your Son.
Father, I ask that you work in and through me to live out the desires of the new life. Help me to put to death the deeds of my flesh that fight against my new desires. Keep the inheritance of my new life and eternity always in the front of my eyes. As I wait to put on my new body and be brought into your presence, may I continue to be faithful to the spiritual gifts you’ve put in my stewardship and may I use them to serve others, share the gospel and glorify you.
May you always be lifted up in my life.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen