Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Sunrise

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

- Pope John Paul II

The Church Gathers

The Gathering

The Prelude: Quem Quaeritis Gregorian Easter Trope


Call to Worship

Look! The dawn is breaking. Morning is on its way.
See, on the hillside the sun is beginning to rise!
Leave us alone and let us sleep. We want to forget about the terrors of the night. We want to shut out the darkness.
Look! The tomb is open. A new day has begun.
Leave us alone and let us grieve. We have lost our hope, and all our dreams are dead.
But look! The grave is empty. The stone is rolled away.
An empty grave? A vacant shroud? Then hope is reborn, and the dream is alive again. Death has been swallowed up in victory. Rejoice, for the day of resurrection has come at last. Alleluia!

Lighting of the Paschal Candle

† Hymn: “In Christ there is no East or West”              No. 548

In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north; but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.
In Christ shall true hearts everywhere their high communion find; his service is the golden cord close binding humankind.
In Christ is neither Jew nor Greek, and neither slave nor free; both male and female heirs are made, and all are kin to me.
In Christ now meet both east and west, in him meet south and north; all Christly souls are one in him throughout the whole wide earth.

Morning Prayer (unison)

God of creation, the silence is broken. With the women in the garden, we catch our breath, wipe our tears, and try to articulate our experience with you. What words can describe shadows fleeing from the tomb?
How can we tell of the morning the world turned upside-down?
No mortal words will do. Still we must spread the news.
May every breath we take, every word we utter, everything we do,
witness to the truth of Christ’s resurrection. Amen.


To Hear the Word

From the Letters: Acts 10:34-43           read by John Strawbridge

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”


† Act of Praise

We celebrate you, Risen Christ.
We join every creature in proclaiming that you are worthy
to receive glory and honor and power forever and ever.
We celebrate you, Risen Christ,
for children who worship you through their wonder
in your world’s sights and sounds and movements.
We celebrate you, Risen Christ,
for youth who seek your presence in the beauty of creation
and your compassion in the voices of others.
We celebrate you, Risen Christ,
for women and men whose lives are psalms of praise
tuned to glorify your name through their words and work.
We celebrate you, Risen Christ,
for congregations who fill their lives with faith, their voices with song, their hands with offerings, and their words with gratitude.
We celebrate you, Risen Christ,
for the life of Jesus Christ who was in the beginning, lived among us, and now reigns forevermore as our resurrected Lord.

Sermon “All”                               Travis Knoll

1 Corinthians 15:19-26


To Respond in Faith with the Sacrament

† Hymn: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”               No. 626

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand; ponder nothing earthly-minded, for with blessing in his hand, Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.
King of kings, yet born of Mary, as of old on earth he stood, Lord of lords, in human vesture, in the body and the blood; he will give to all the faithful his own self for heavenly food.
Rank on rank the host of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way, as the Light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day, that the powers of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.
At his feet the six-winged seraph, cherubim, with sleepless eye, veil their faces to the presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord Most High!

The Invitation

† The Great Thanksgiving: (with Musical Setting A: pp. 17-18)

† The Prayer of Thanksgiving with the Lord’s Prayer (unison)

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptationbut deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.


Receiving the Bread and Cup

Communion will be administered by intinction.

Prayer Following the Receiving of Communion (unison)

O Risen Christ: we are grateful that you walk among us on earth, bringing life and hope. Help us to be aware of your presence in our time of worship, especially in the breaking of bread and taking of the cup. Enable us to stand alongside you in your ministry of healing on the crowded roads of our world, through the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn: “Hymn of Promise” No. 707

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

† Procession to the South Portico

† Dismissal with Blessing

† Organ Postlude: Hilariter             Medieval German Easter Hymn

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