Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Festal

Organ PreludeMaestoso-Bourree (Handel)

Philip Momchilovich, Trumpet & Lazo Momchilovich, Oboe

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitEaster Fanfare (Ferguson)

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

* Call to Worship

L: The stone stood aside. The open mouth of the tomb gaped in amazement. The angelic announcers delivered their message.
P: “JESUS is not here”
L: Women bearing spices, followers of the One who had been crucified, turned from their troubled trembling to question with hopeful hearts.
P: “Is it possible that Jesus lives?”
L: God’s answer offered the strongest confirmation of hope and the boldest affirmation of life ever given. “Jesus is risen!”
P: “RISEN to proclaim God’s power. Risen to show God’s love.”
L: Christ is Risen!
ALL: Christ is risen indeed!

* Opening Hymn Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (Vs. 1-4)                                                                UMH 302

1. 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!

2. 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!

3. 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!

4. 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!

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Giver of new life, we come this morning with our alleluias, our flowers and trumpets and song. We come to worship in beauty and in truth because we have faith that Jesus Christ is raised from the dead, because we have hope that the resurrection will enter into each of our lives and transform them, and because, through Chrit’s spirit, we have come to love one another. Accept our worship, gracious God. Be present with us as daystar, miracle, and mystery, and as tender hands of grace. Amen!

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord Prayer

Children Moment

AnthemChrist the Lord Is Risen Today (David Williams)

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!

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!

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!

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!

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 24:1-12                                                                      Kristie Weimar, Liturgist
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.[a] While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women[b] were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men[c] said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.[d] Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Prayer of Confession Kristie Weimar, Liturgist

L: God of love, like the first witnesses of the resurrection, we too come to the empty tomb with a variety of responses. We hear the good news that Jesus has risen, but so often the evidence for this is difficult to detect in our lives.
P: Forgive us when we fail to make the risen Christ evident through our words, our actions and our lives .
L: For so many people, the only good news of this weekend is that it provides the opportunity for a holiday in pleasant spring weather.
P: Forgive us if we feel that this time of worship is an interruption to our planned holiday activities.
L: As we come to the empty tomb seeking forgiveness for all our faults and shortcomings, help us to re-order our priorities so that we put the risen Christ first in our lives at all times.
P: Forgive us when we forget that the tomb is forever empty because Jesus is here and is wherever Christians live and worship.
L: Help us always to remember the costly act of Jesus Christ which led to victory over sin and death, an act which gives us the gift of a new beginning – guilt free and graced by love. The tomb is empty because Christ is risen.
P: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia. Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness

L: Jesus “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.” (Acts 10: 42b,43) Hear, believe, & live the good news. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

P: Thanks be to God!

* Hymn of PreparationHe Lives UMH 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.

Reading from the Epistles – Acts 10:34-43
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 – “Living the Story”                                                                                                       Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts and Tithes

Offertory The Trumpet Shall Sound (Messiah, Handel)                                                     Tod Myers, Bass

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

* Presentation of OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Offering Prayer (All)

Thank you, God, for the beautiful trumpeting lilies. They remind us that Jesus is alive, helping to make our lives beautiful. Thank you for sharing Jesus with us. Thank you for choosing us to carry on the work Jesus did. We bring our offerings to help in that work. Bless them so that they can do good in our town and all around the world. Help us to be better helpers every day. Amen.

* Closing HymnEaster People, Raise Your Voices UMH 304

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

* Benediction

L: And now may we go forth in the certainty of faith, in the knowledge of love, and in the vision of hope.
P: And in our going, may we be blessed with all good things on this day and forevermore.
L: May God the starmaker cradle and circle you. May God the storyteller beckon and encourage you. May God the life changer challenge you and cherish you.
May you walk in the light of God’s love and laughter all the moments of your nights and days.
P: Amen.

* Choral BenedictionHallelujah Chorus (Handel’s Messiah)

(Please join the choir in this glorious response to our worship this morning)
And He shall reign forever and ever,
|: King of kings! and Lord of lords! :|
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeHandel Vivace from Concerto in B-flat (Handel)

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