Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday

“Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”

― N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude: Christus ist erstanden    German Easter hymn

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

†Choral Introit: Easter Fanfare                           Ferguson

Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
Christ the Lord is risen from the tomb. Alleluia! Alleluia!

†Call to Worship

The entire world can change in the span of one Holy Week. We have seen shouts of joy at the arrival of the king turn into cries for execution. But execution is not the final act. The final act is resurrection! The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed!
We have seen the loyalty of the disciples veer quickly into betrayal.
But betrayal is not the last word. The last word is “He is risen!
He is risen indeed!
We have seen the sky torn apart and the world go dark. But the darkness is demolished in the light of morning, and the great good news floods the world like the dawn: Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!

†Hymn: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”                No. 302

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, 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!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? 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!
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia! Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia! Everlasting life is this, Alleluia! Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia! Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

Prayer of Confession and Pardon (unison)

God of new awakenings, we confess that we would rather stay asleep. We are afraid to hope and have our hopes shattered.
We are afraid to dream and find our dreams deferred. Break us open like the tomb so that new life may pour forth. Give us the faith to believe, to hope, to dream anew. Let us live as people of your resurrection. Amen.
Leader: Christ has risen from the grave to bring us out of the shadow of death, to free us from all fear, to liberate our souls into newness of life. This is good news indeed.
All: Thanks be to God!

To Hear the Word

From the Letters: 1 Cor. 15:19-26 read by Cathy Dryden

†An Act of Praise: Psalm 118:14-24 (with response #2) No. 839

Response: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice, let us rejoice, let us rejoice and be glad.
The Lord is my strength and my power;
The Lord has become my salvation.
There are joyous songs of victory
In the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
The right hand of the Lord is exalted,
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”
I shall not die, but I shall live,
And recount the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord has chastened me sorely,
But has not given me over to death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
That I may enter through them
And give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord;
The righteous shall enter through it.
: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice, let us rejoice, let us rejoice and be glad.
I thank you that you have answered me
And have become my salvation.
The stone which builders rejected
Has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice, let us rejoice, let us rejoice and be glad.

Anthem: O Sons & Daughters of the King      O Filii, arr. Lani Smith

O sons and daughters of the King, whom heavenly hosts in glory sing,
Today the grave has lost its sting! Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
That Easter morn, at break of day, the faithful women went their way
To seek the tomb where Jesus lay. Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
An angel clad in white they see, who sit and speaks unto the three,
“Your Lord will go to Galilee.” Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
On this most holy day of days, be laud and jubilee and praise:
To God your hearts and voice raise. Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

From the Acts: Acts 10:34-43    read by Cathy Dryden

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.”

Sermon: “I have seen the Lord!”                 Travis Knoll

John 20:1-18

To Respond in Faith

†Hymn: “I Come with Joy”                          No. 617

I come with joy to meet my Lord, forgiven, loved and free, in awe and wonder to recall his life laid down for me, his life laid down for me.
I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed, the new community of love in Christ’s communion bread, in Christ’s communion bread.
As Christ breaks bread and bids us share, each proud division ends. The love that made us that makes us one, and strangers now are friends, and strangers now are friends.
And thus with joy we meet our Lord. His presence, always near, is in such friendship better known; we see and praise him here, we see and praise him here.
Together met, together bound, we’ll go our different ways, and as his people in the world, we’ll live and speak his praise, we’ll live and speak his praise.

Offertory: The Trumpet Shall Sound     Messiah, Handel

The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised,
and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.

†Presentation of Offerings with Doxology: No. 94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

To Receive the Sacrament

The Invitation

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

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 temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament (unison)

Eternal God, we give thanks to you for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our lord, Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

†Hymn: “Easter People”                            No. 304

Easter people, raise your voices, sounds of heaven in earth should ring. Christ has brought us heaven’s choices; heavenly music, let it ring. Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter people, let us sing.
Fear of death can no more stop us from our pressing here below. For our Lord empowered us to triumph over every foe. Alleluia! Alleluia! On to victory now we go.
Every day to us is Easter, with its resurrection song. When in trouble move the faster to our God who rights the wrong. Alleluia! Alleluia! See the power of heavenly throngs.


†Dismissal with Blessing

†Choral Response: Now Has Christ Arisen Oudaen, arr. Wood

Now has Christ arisen.

†Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

†Organ Postlude: Surrexit                                Hamilton


†Singing of Jesus Loves Me in Korean

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