The following Call to Worship is by Nathan Decker.
Morning has broken, but this morning is different.
The birds are singing tunes of joy in the trees surrounding the graves.
The flower buds are bursting in colors vibrant around each stone.
We’ve come to visit the grave of a friend, but “he is not here.”
The Sun is rising in the East; the shadowed grays turn bright!
The Son is risen in our Hearts; darkness and death end in defeat.
Now we understand what Christ said, what God did.
Now we can proclaim, CHRIST IS RISEN! HALLELUJAH!
The Rev. Nathan Decker is the pastor of the South Sussex Charge of the James River District of the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. His great love is the diversity and inspiration of God’s creative nature in worship.