Sunday, April 16, 2017 Easter Festal Service

Festal Service of Easter at 11 o’Clock
In Celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

I know you enough to show me
that I should love You
without measure.
I rejoice that I shall know You better
in Life’s unfolding;
and, seeing Your beauty,
I shall love You more and more.

- Northumbria Community, adapted


The Church Gathers


Organ Prelude “Quem Quaeritis”   Easter Trope


Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the Lay Leader)


Choral Introit “Now Has Christ Arisen”   Joachim Oudaen

Now has Christ arisen.


Call to Worship

This is what the Lord says,

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;

I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

I will build you up again,

and you will be rebuilt, O my people.

Again you will take up your tambourines

and go out to dance with the joyful.

Again you will plant vineyards

and enjoy their fruit.

There will be a day when the cry goes out

‘Come, let us go up to Zion

to the Lord our God.”

Dedication & Lighting of the Paschal Candle Dr. Emora Brannan


Hymn “Lord of the Dance”   No. 261

I danced in the morning when the world was begun, and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun, and I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth. At Bethlehem I had my birth. Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee, but they would not dance and they would not follow me; I danced for the fishermen, for James and John; they came to me and the dance went on. Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced on the sabbath when I cured the lame, the holy people said it was a shame; they whipped and they stripped and they hung me high; and they left me there on a cross to die. Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced on a Friday and the sky turned black; it’s hard to dance with the devil on your back; they buried my body and they thought I’d gone, but I am the dance and I still go on. Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

They cut me down and I leapt up high, I am the life that’ll never, never die; I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.


Morning Prayer

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light,
You have gathered us here

in wonderful and sacred mystery.

Let the whole world see and know
that things which were cast down

are being raised up,
and things which had grown old

are being made new,
and all things are being brought to their perfection
by the One through whom all things were made,
even Christ Our Lord.


To Hear the Word

A Reading from the Letters of the Early Church: Colossians 3:1-4

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Carol Curtis is the liturgist.


The Psalter Psalm 98 with Sung Response  1   No. 818

Response: Sing a new song to the Lord, who restores the ends of the earth.

O sing to the Lord a new song,

For the Lord has done marvelous things!

God’s right hand and holy arm

Have gotten the victory.

The Lord has declared victory,

And has revealed his vindication in the sight of

The nations.

The Lord has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness

To the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen

The victory of our God.

Response: Sing a new song to the Lord, who restores the ends of the earth.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;

Break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,

With the lyre and the sound of melody!

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

Make a joyful noise before the Ruler, the Lord!

Response: Sing a new song to the Lord, who restores the ends of the earth.

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it,

The world and those who dwell in it!

Let the floods clap their hands;

Let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord,

Who comes to judge the earth.

The Lord will judge the world with righteousness,

And the peoples with equity.

Response: Sing a new song to the Lord, who restores the ends of the earth.


Anthem “Our Savior Lives!”   John Purifoy

Our Savior lives again, no more to die.
He lives to reign as Lord, enthroned on high.
Our Savior lives victorious, He has risen from the grave!
He lives, eternally to save.

Our Savior lives to calms our doubts and fears.
He lives to soothe and wipe away all tears.
Our Savior lives, our mansions to prepare,
He lives to bring us safely there.

Our Savior lives and loves, He never leaves,
And every contrite soul He now receives.
Our Savior lives, with joyful hope He shall our hearts revive,
For Christ, our Lord, is yet alive!


A Reading from the Gospels: John 20:1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark,

Mary Magdalene came to the tomb

and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.

So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple,

the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them,

“They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,

and we do not know where they have laid him.

Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.

The two were running together,

but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

He bent down to look in

and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.

Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb.

He saw the linen wrapping lying there,

and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head,

not lying with the linen wrappings

but rolled up in a place by itself.

Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first,

also went in, and he saw and believed;

for as yet they did not understand the scripture,

that he must rise from the dead.

Then the disciples returned to their homes.


But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb.

As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb;

and she saw two angels in white,

sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying,

one at the head and other at the feet.

They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord,

and I do not know where they have laid him.”

When she had said this,

she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,

but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?

Whom are you looking for?”

Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him,

“Sir, if you have carried him away,

tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!”

(which means Teacher).

Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me,

because I have not yet ascended to the Father.

But go to my brothers and say to them,

‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father,

to my God and your God.’

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,

“I have seen the Lord”;

and she told them that he had said these things to her.


Sermon “Presence”   Rev. Roberta Scoville


To Respond in Faith


A Statement of Faith of the United Church of Canada No. 883

We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

We believe in God:

Who has created and is creating,

Who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,

To reconcile and make new,

Who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the church:

To celebrate God’s presence,

To love and serve others,

To seek justice and resist evil,

To proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,

Our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,

God is with us.

We are not alone.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

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!


The Collection of Tithes and Offerings


Offertory “My Song Is Love Unknown”                Lani Smith

My song is love unknown,
My Savior’s love to me,
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O, who am I, that for my sake
My Lord should take frail flesh and die?

Christ came from Heaven’s throne,
Salvation to bestow,
But people scorned, and none
The longed-for Christ would know.
But O, my friend, my friend indeed,
Who at my heed His life did spend.

Here might I stay and sing
– No story so divine!
Never was love, dear King,
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.

Love so amazing, so divine.


Presentation of Tithes and Offerings No. 298 (stz 4)

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

That were an offering far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my soul, my life, my all.


Pastoral Prayer


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 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.


And Scatters to Be the Church in the World


Hymn “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”   No. 89

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away. Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays, stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine; teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began; love divine is reigning o’er us, binding all within its span. Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife; joyful music leads us sunward, in the triumph song of life.


Dismissal with Blessing


Choral Response “O Raise Your Glad Voices”   trad. Welsh

O, raise your glad voices, all people, and sing;
Bring sweet Easter praises to Jesus, the King.


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlud “Resurrexit”   Crabbe

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