Highland Park

Sunrise Service

Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024
Front Lawn at Highland Park Presbyterian Church

Welcome to our Easter sunrise service as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Coffee and pancakes on a stick will be available throughout the service.

Note: In case of inclement weather, the Sunrise service will be held in the Sanctuary at 6:30 am.

Order of Worship

Christ The Lord is Risen Today

Christ the Lord is risen today, alleluia

Sons of men and angels say, alleluia

Raise your joys and triumphs high, alleluia

Sing ye heavens and earth reply, alleluia


Lives again our glorious King, alleluia

Where O death is now thy sting, alleluia

Dying once He all doth save, alleluia

Where thy victory O grave, alleluia


Love’s redeeming work is done, alleluia

Fought the fight the battle won, alleluia

Death in vain forbids Him rise, alleluia

Christ has opened paradise, alleluia


Soar we now where Christ has led, alleluia

Following our exalted Head, alleluia

Made like Him, like Him we rise, alleluia

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, alleluia


Call to Worship


Easter Litany

Leader: Christ is risen!

People: Christ is risen indeed!

Leader: Christ is risen!

People: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia



O Praise the Name (Anástasis)

I cast my mind to Calvary

Where Jesus bled and died for me

I see His wounds, His hands, His feet

My Savior on that cursed tree


His body bound and drenched in tears

They laid Him down in Joseph’s tomb

The entrance sealed by heavy stone

Messiah still and all alone


O praise the name of the Lord our God

O praise His name forevermore

For endless days we will sing Your praise

Oh Lord, oh Lord our God


Then on the third at break of dawn

The Son of heaven rose again

O trampled death where is your sting?

The angels roar for Christ the King


O praise the name of the Lord our God

O praise His name forevermore

For endless days we will sing Your praise

Oh Lord, oh Lord our God


He shall return in robes of white

The blazing sun shall pierce the night

And I will rise among the saints

My gaze transfixed on Jesus’ face


O praise the name of the Lord our God

O praise His name forevermore

For endless days we will sing Your praise

Oh Lord, oh Lord our God



A Reading of the Easter Story

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. Mark 16:1-8 NIV


Compassion Fund

Our Easter offering is dedicated to the Compassion Fund, and all contributions today will directly be a beacon of hope and light in challenging times. This fund directly assists those in need within our community and church family. It provides financial aid, helping individuals meet their obligations and fostering hope for a brighter future.

Over the last year, the fund has changed the lives of over 315 people, including a young pregnant woman fleeing from domestic violence. Because of the Compassion Fund, we were able to provide supplies for the baby, and the mom was able to stay current on her rent during her unpaid maternity leave. Baby and mom are doing well, thank you for your support!

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King of Kings

In the darkness, we were waiting without hope, without light

‘Till from heaven You came running, there was mercy in Your eyes

To fulfill the law and prophets, to a virgin came the Word

From a throne of endless glory, to a cradle in the dirt


Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Spirit, three in one

God of Glory, Majesty, Praise forever to the King of Kings


To reveal the kingdom coming, and to reconcile the lost

To redeem the whole creation, You did not despise the cross

For even in your suffering You saw to the other side

Knowing this was our salvation, Jesus for our sake You died


Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Spirit, three in one

God of Glory, Majesty, Praise forever to the King of Kings


And the morning that You rose, all of heaven held it’s breath

‘Till that stone was moved for good, for the Lamb had conquered death

And the dead rose from their tombs, and the angels stood in awe

For the souls of all who’d come to the Father are restored


And the church of Christ was born, then the Spirit lit the flame

Now this gospel truth of old shall not kneel, shall not faint

By His blood and in His name, in His freedom I am free

For the love of Jesus Christ, who has resurrected me


Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Spirit, three in one

God of Glory, Majesty, Praise forever to the King of Kings


Easter Message


In Christ Alone

In Christ alone, my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song

This Cornerstone, this solid ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My Comforter, my All in All

Here in the love of Christ I stand


In Christ alone, who took on flesh

Fullness of God in helpless babe

This gift of love and righteousness

Scorned by the ones He came to save

‘Til on that cross as Jesus died

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid

Here in the death of Christ I live


There in the ground His body lay

Light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth in glorious day

Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory

Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ


No guilt in life, no fear in death

This is the power of Christ in me

From life’s first cry to final breath

Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man

Can ever pluck me from His hand

Till He returns or calls me home

Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand


Leading in Worship

  • Aaron Williams – Worship Leader
  • Caleb Hardy – Worship Leader
  • Jay Lee – Exectuvie Pastor
  • Calum Lindsay – Pastor of Worship and Prayer
  • Isabelle Heard – Director of Elementary

Was Jesus Really
Raised from the Dead?

Easter isn’t good news if it isn’t really true. Many in our day believe the resurrection is really just a sentimental way of talking about hope and spring and newness of life. There have been times in my life when I wondered whether any of this was really true. In college, I took a course called The Death of God, which summed up the strongest arguments against the historical resurrection of Jesus. It challenged my faith to its core, but the journey through those doubts actually led to a stronger and deeper confidence in an actual, historical, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

One of the most compelling evidences is that women were the first witnesses of the resurrection. Women’s low social status in the first century meant that their testimony was not admissible evidence in court. If you were making up this story, there’s no way women would be the first witnesses. Among them was Mary Magdalene, a woman who was demon possessed before Jesus changed her life. This was about the least likely candidate in the entire New Testament to be the first witness of the empty tomb. The best possible explanation for why women are recorded as discovering the empty tomb first is that’s how it happened, and they couldn’t bring themselves to alter the true story.

Some skeptics argue that Jesus’ disciples made the resurrection up to advance their own agenda. The only problem with that is the disciples—as a matter of historical record—faced persecution, suffering, and ultimately death for claiming they had seen the risen Jesus. People will die for all kinds of things, but not for something they know to be a lie. No one gives their life for a metaphor. The most compelling explanation is that the tomb really was empty, and 500 eyewitnesses saw the risen Jesus, and simply could not ignore the truth. The church did not create the resurrection; the resurrection created the church.


Further reading:

  • The Reason for God – Tim Keller
  • Surprised by Hope – N.T. Wright
  • Sacred Rhythms – Ruth Haley Barton
  • The Deeply Formed Life – Rich Villodas

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