Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunrise

ORGAN PRELUDE Quem Quaeritis (Easter trope)
GATHERING: (Leader)
All is quiet. The whole earth lies in wait. What then shall separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ? We approach the dreaded tomb. Who shall roll away the large stone for us? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or sword? We reach the tomb. The stone is rolled away. Nothing shall separate us from God’s love in Jesus Christ! Rejoice! Jesus Christ is risen today! The earth cannot keep silent. We must all rejoice in the good news of Jesus Christ! Praise be to God!
CHORAL RESPONSE “Halle, Halle, Halleluja” (Quietly) TFWS 2026
Halle, Halle, Halle-lu-ja. Halle, Halle, Halle-lu-ja.
Halle, Halle, Halle-lu-ja. Halleluja, Hal-le-lu-ja.
*CALL TO WORSHIP:
L: God has called us together to this moment in time. P: To remember and to celebrate what happened on that first Easter morning, long ago. L: However, we have not been called by the Lord to bury our noses in the past. P: This story is for living today! L: This story is our future! Are you ready? P: Let us worship the risen Savior!
OPENING HYMN “Sing with All the Saints in Glory” Hymn to Joy” UMH 702 VS. 1 & 3
Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God’s likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace.
Life eternal! heaven rejoices; Jesus lives, who once was dead. Join we now the deathless voices; child of God, lift up your head! Patriarchs from the distant ages, saints all longing for their heaven, prophets, psalmists, seers, and sages, all await the glory given.
EARLY IN THE MORNING By Cheri Ter Haar
Prayer
Scripture (Gen. 1:1,30-2:2)
In the beginning when God created[a] the heavens and the earth,
When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister; and she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” Jacob became very angry with Rachel and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?” Then she said, “Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, that she may bear upon my knees and that I too may have children through her.” So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife; and Jacob went in to her. And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. Then Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son”; therefore she named him Dan.[a] Rachel’s maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled[b] with my sister, and have prevailed”; so she named him Naphtali.

When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. Then Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. And Leah said, “Good fortune!” so she named him Gad.[c] Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. And Leah said, “Happy am I! For the women will call me happy”; so she named him Asher.[d]

In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you tonight for your son’s mandrakes.” When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him, and said, “You must come in to me; for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night. And God heeded Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. Leah said, “God has given me my hire[e] because I gave my maid to my husband”; so she named him Issachar. And Leah conceived again, and she bore Jacob a sixth son. Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good dowry; now my husband will honor[f] me, because I have borne him six sons”; so she named him Zebulun. Afterwards she bore a daughter, and named her Dinah.

Then God remembered Rachel, and God heeded her and opened her womb. She conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach”; and she named him Joseph,[g] saying, “May the Lord add to me another son!”

When Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know very well the service I have given you.” But Laban said to him, “If you will allow me to say so, I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you; name your wages, and I will give it.” Jacob said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you, and how your cattle have fared with me. For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly; and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?” He said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything; if you will do this for me, I will again feed your flock and keep it: let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages. So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.” Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.” But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in charge of his sons; and he set a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was pasturing the rest of Laban’s flock.

Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the rods. He set the rods that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, the flocks bred in front of the rods, and so the flocks produced young that were striped, speckled, and spotted. Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and the completely black animals in the flock of Laban; and he put his own droves apart, and did not put them with Laban’s flock. Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob laid the rods in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the rods, but for the feebler of the flock he did not lay them there; so the feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s. Thus the man grew exceedingly rich, and had large flocks, and male and female slaves, and camels and donkeys.

Song of Response “Morning Has Broken” vs 1-3
Morning has broken like the first morning,
Black bird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!
Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dew fall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.
L: We stand in awe of your creation and give thanks, O Lord..
Silence
Prayer
Scripture (excerpts from Luke 2:4-20)
Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah,[a] the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,[b] praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”[c]

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Song of Response Go, Tell It on the Mountain UMH 251 Vs. 1 & 3
R: Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born!
While shepherds kept their watching
O’er their silent flocks night
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light R
Refrain
Down in a lowly manger, Our humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation, That blessed Christmas morn
Refrain
L: We stand in awe of your incarnation and give thanks, O Lord.
Silence
Prayer
Scripture (Phil.2:6-8)
Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
Song of Response What Wondrous Love Is This UMH 292 vs. 1 & 3
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, That caused the Lord of bliss,
To bear the dreadful curse, For my soul, for my soul, To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing! To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing! To God and to the Lamb, Who is the great “I AM, “
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing! While millions join the theme, I will sing.
L: We stand in awe of your sacrifice and give thanks, O Lord.
Silence
Prayer
Scripture ( Acts 2:24,32, I Peter 1:3)
But God raised him up, having freed him from death,[a] because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.
This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Song of Response In The Garden UMH 314
I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses, And the voice I hear falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses.
Refrain: And He walks with me and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own; And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.
He speaks and the sound of His voice, Is so sweet the birds hush their singing, And the melody that He gave to me Within my heart is ringing. Refrain
I’d stay in the garden with Him, Though the night around me be falling, But He bids me go; through the voice of woe, His voice to me is calling. Refrain
L: We stand in awe of your resurrection and give thanks, O Lord.
Silence
Prayer
Scripture (I Corinthians 15:57)
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
LIGHTING OF THE PASCHAL CANDLE
Prayer: God of life, through Jesus Christ you have bestowed upon the world the light of life. Sanctify this new fire, and grant that our hearts and minds may also be kindled with holy desire to shine forth with the brightness of Christ’s rising, that we may attain to the feast of everlasting light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
L: The light of Christ rises in glory, overcoming the darkness of sin and death. (Candle is lit.)
P: Christ is our light!
CELEBRATION OF COMMUNION
CLOSING PRAYER (UNISON)
Loving God, we gather in the early morning of your Resurrection. We have been mourning and weeping believing that you have been taken from us. Instead, you meet us in the garden of new life. Here, in this sacred place, we discover that you are alive, that sin and death cannot defeat you. Now our tears of sorrow turn to tears of joy as we experience your presence among us. Today, we begin to understand that joy comes from grief. You call us to go into the world to share this good news. Amen.
*CLOSING HYMN The Day of Resurrection UMH 303
1 The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad; the passover of gladness, the passover of God.
From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky, our Christ hath brought us over,
with hymns of victory. PROCESSION TO THE SOUTH PORTICO
2 Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright, the Lord in rays eternal, of resurrection light; and listening to his accents, may hear, so calm and plain, his own “All hail!” and, hearing,
may raise the victor strain.
3 Now let the heavens be joyful! Let earth the song begin! Let the round world keep triumph,
and all that is therein! Let all things seen and unseen, their notes in gladness blend, for Christ the Lord hath risen, our joy that hath no end.
BENEDICTION
L: Go, in awe of the creation, incarnation, death and resurrection of our God…and give thanks.
God has raised Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses to the fact.
P: Alleluia! Amen!
ORGAN POSTLUDE: Resurrexit Dominus (Braine)

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