Highland Park

Sunrise Service

Easter Sunday, April 9, 6:30 am
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

Call to Worship

Easter Litany

Leader: Christ is risen!

People: Christ is risen indeed!

Leader: Christ is risen!

People: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia

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

A Reading of the Easter Story

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” – Matthew 28:1-10 NIV

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,

who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

How Great Thou Art

Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder

Thy power throughout the universe displayed


Then sings my soul my Savior God to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul my Savior God to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art


And when I think that God, His Son not sparing

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in

That on the cross my burden gladly bearing

He bled and died to take away my sin




When Christ shall come, with shouts of acclamation

And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration

And there proclaim my God how great Thou art



Generosity Moment

Every year our Easter offering goes beyond the walls of HP Pres to spread the hope of the resurrection. We’re helping to reach people no one else is reaching by planting churches in communities around our country and even around the world. One such church is New Life Brazilian Church in Plano, Tx, which is working to reach a community of professional Brazilian rodeo cowboys who live in the Decatur area.

This year, every dollar you give today will help us plant new churches locally and globally. You can give online at hppres.org/give, or by texting HPPRES to 833-343-4801. Click to give today.

Easter Message

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

Matthew 28:1-10


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




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




Leading in Worship

  • Bryan Dunagan – Senior Pastor
  • Caleb Hardy – Worship Leader
  • Jay Lee – Exectuvie Pastor
  • Ramie Martinez – Worship Leader
  • Teresa Murray – Director of Early Childhood
  • Savannah Pace – Associate Director of High School

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.

-Bryan Dunagan

Senior Pastor

Further reading:

  • The Reason for God – Tim Keller
  • Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
  • Surprised by Hope – N.T. Wright
  • The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel

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