Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Festal Service

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude –Des Herren Morgenroethe (Berger)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Choral Introit – Easter Fanfare (Ferguson)                                                                      Choir

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

* Call to Celebration

Pastor:       Christ the Lord is risen!

People: Christ is risen indeed!

Leader:      The power of life has overcome the power of death.

People:      On this day we celebrate the resurrection.

Leader:      The power of good has overcome the power of evil.

People:      We celebrate the eternal victory of Christ our Lord.

Pastor:       Our Lord lives!

ALL:         ALLELUIA!  AMEN!

* SongChrist the Lord is Risen Today Hymnal 302

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – He Is Lord Hymnal 177

He is Lord, he is Lord! He is risen from the dead and he is Lord! Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

F
or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – He Is Lord Hymnal 177

He is Lord, he is Lord! He is risen from the dead and he is Lord! Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Scripture Reading – 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 wrappings 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 the 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 – “This is Us – Resurrected!”                                             Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special MusicO Sons and Daughters of the King (arr. Lani Smith)                               Choir

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.
Alleluia!

Celebration of Holy Communion

Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:     The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts.

People:   We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor:     It is right … we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

People:   Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Pastor:     Holy are you … as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

People:   Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!

Pastor:     Pour out Your Holy Spirit … Almighty God, now and forever.

People:   Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup:

(Please be in an attitude of prayer as others receive Communion)

Prayer of Gratitude

Risen Christ,
We thank you that the body broken and the blood shed have been raised to new life through the power of the resurrection.  May we who have been blessed to dine with our Risen Savior, carry the joy of Easter to a world that needs the freedom of forgiveness, the gift of abundant life now, and the hope of life everlasting, made possible through you our Lord.  Alleluia!  Amen!

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Out of the Shadows (John Purifoy)                                                             Choir

Out of the shadows into the light,
Out of the darkest fear we walk in noonday bright,
For Christ is risen, our souls redeemed for Heaven’s high reward.
Out of the shadows from death to life, we follow You, O Lord.
 

Crown Him the Lord of Life,
Who triumphed over the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife
For those He came to save.

His glories now we sing,
Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring,
And lives that dead may die.

Out of the shadows we are reborn
From death to victory,
from night to Easter morn.
 

Sing Alleluia,
the stone is rolled away evermore.
Out of the shadows
we too shall live again in

Christ, our Lord!
Out of the shadows,
from death to life,
we follow You, O Lord!

Prayer of Dedication –

Miracle working God,
you have emptied the tomb and set us free from our burdens.
Hope has overshadowed fear.  Comfort has replaced neglect.
Faith has gained victory overcoming doubt.
The bounds of everyday living,
often overwhelming our souls and weakening our spirits,
are liberated by Jesus Christ.
Today, we recommit as your generous disciples to offering comfort, hope, and faith
to others who are driven by fear, neglect, and doubt.
We offer these gifts in honor of Christ’s limitless offering for us
and as a witness to the triumph of Easter over death.   Alleluia and Amen

*      Song to Present the Offering – Up from the Grave He Arose Hymnal 322

1. Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave he arose, (he arose) with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; (o’er his foes) he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! (he arose) He arose! (he arose) Hallelujah! Christ arose!

2. Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior; vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave he arose, (he arose) with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; (o’er his foes) he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! (he arose) He arose! (he arose) Hallelujah! Christ arose!

3. Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior; he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave he arose, (he arose) with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; (o’er his foes) he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! (he arose) He arose! (he arose) Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Words for Sending Us into the World

Pastor:    Christ the Lord is risen!

People:   We are risen to new life through Christ.

Leader:   Go and proclaim to all the good news.

People:   We leave to share our joy with all the world.

ALL:      CHRIST JESUS AROSE AND LIVES FOREVERMORE!  aLLELUIA!

* Choral Response – Our Savior Lives (John Purifoy)                                                        Choir

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.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Allegro Festivo (Watkins)

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