Sunday, April 4, 2021

APRIL 4, 2021

All of our faith, the whole thing we call church, is predicated on a handful of people from long ago who saw and experienced something so unexpected that it radically re-narrated everything in existence. And all it took were three words: “He is Risen!”
Easter is world shattering, it is deeply disruptive, and it changes everything now and forever. Easter is the totality of the Good News. And without it, we have nothing to say at all.


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge


Choral Introit “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” (French 13th century)

Christ the Lord is risen today,
Christians all and angels say;
Raise your joys and triumphs high!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.


Call to Worship

Risen Lord, We are the Easter people,
and Alleluia is our song.
We are the Easter people come to worship,
released from tombs of pain and doubt and fear and death
into the freedom of this new day, and its promise of hope fulfilled.

We are the Easter people,
Emerging into the brightness of faith, blinking, questioning, wondering, hoping.
Come to us, into the garden of our lives,
and touch all that is barren, and wasted and dried with Your healing hand.
Today, in word, prayer and song, may we encounter Jesus and His grace.
For we are the Easter people, and Alleluia is our song. Amen.


Opening Hymn “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”   UMH 302 Vs. 1, 2 & 4

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!

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!


Lighting the Paschal Candle

My brothers and sisters in Christ: On this most holy morning in which Jesus Christ passed over from death to life, we gather as the church to watch for the dawning of his triumph and resurrection. We join with the whole company of God’s people in heaven and on earth in recalling and celebrating his victory over death, and our deliverance from the bondage of sin and darkness to everlasting light.
Hear the Word of God of God: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:1, 4 5).
(The Paschal Candle is lit)
L: Christ our Light!
P: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!


Epistle Lesson 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 NIV

15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
The Word of God…Thanks be to God


Sharing Joys and Concerns  Rev. Debbie Scott
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response “Cares Chorus” TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Gospel Lesson Mark 16:1-8 NIV

16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” 8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.

Sermon “He Is Risen”      Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

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Offertory  “Christ Will Be Lifted Up”

“It is finished,” He cried; my Lord was crucified
As He hung upon the cross and died.
But His death on Calvary became a victory;
And Christ will reign as Lord eternally!

Christ will be lifted up,
Robed in majesty and crowned with grace.
Every eye shall see, every knee shall bow,
When we see our King face to face!

We will rise and go to Him when Christ shall come again.
Heaven’s glory will descend when Jesus comes.
Let us follow now in faith until that glorious day
When Christ will reign as Lord eternally


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 Hymn “Easter 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.



L: Now that you have heard the good news, what will you do?
P: We will go out into the world, showing by our lives that Christ is risen indeed!
L: Praise God! And how will you do this?
P: We will tell the story of God’s love for the world in Jesus Christ,
and we will continue Christ’s loving acts among humanity.
L: Alleluia!
P: Christ is risen indeed! Amen.


Choral Benediction “Hallelujah Chorus” Handel

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords,
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords,
and He shall reign forever and ever, forever and ever, forever and ever,
forever and ever.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude


Tower Lighting

Betsy Fisk is lighting the tower in  memory of  her husband, George Fisk.





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