Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunrise

6:30 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Quem Quaeritis? (Sequence)

Lighting of the Paschal Candle Rev. Dr. Emora Brannan

Words of the Exsultet concluding with the following:

Leader:   Holy God, accept our morning sacrifice, the offering of this candle in your honor. May it shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find it ever bravely burning—he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen.

People:   Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels,
and let your trumpets shout salvation for the victory of our mighty King.
Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth, bright with a glorious splendor,
for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King.
Rejoice and be glad now, Holy Church, and let your holy courts,
in radiant light, resound with the praises of your people.  Alleluia!

Call to Worship

Pastor:    Christ the Lord is risen!

People:   He is risen indeed!

Pastor:    Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.

People:   Break forth into joy, sing together with delight,
for God has comforted those whose hearts were broken in sorrow.

Pastor:    Where o death is your victory and where o death is your sting?

People:   Vanquished!  Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Pastor:    Christ the Lord is risen!

People:   He is risen indeed!   ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

Song – Christ the Lord Is Risen Today Hymnal 302

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.

Leader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

Sermon – “This is Us:  Resurrected!”                                              Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* SongUp 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!

Prayers for Easter Sunrise

Pastor:    The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

Pastor:    Let us pray:

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.

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 and Sharing our gifts:

As you come forward to receive please place your offering in the plate

Prayer of Gratitude

Risen Savior,
Thank you for feeding us not only with the loaf and the cup, but with the gift of your Holy Spirit.  You have filled us with hope and joy.  May the good news of your salvation now be shared by us to fill the world with hope and joy. Amen.

* SongHe Lives (On the last verse we process to the South Portico) Hymnal 310

1. I serve a risen Savior, he’s in the world today; I know that he is living, whatever foes may say. I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer, and just the time I need him, he’s always near. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) salvation to impart! You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

2. In all the world around me I see his loving care, and though my heart grows weary, I never will despair. I know that he is leading through all the stormy blast; the day of his appearing will come at last. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) salvation to impart! You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

3. Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King! The hope of all who seek him, the help of all who find; none other is so loving, so good and kind. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) salvation to impart! You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

* Words for Sending Us into the World

Leader:      What have we heard?

People:      We have heard the Good News that Christ is alive.

Leader:      What have we sung?

People:      We have sung the victory of Christ over death.

Leader:      What have we exclaimed?

People:      We have exclaimed that Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Leader:      What do we now do?

ALL:         Go out and live the Good News of Christ’s Victory!  ALLELUIA! AMEN!

* Postlude – Surrexit (Crabbe)

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