Sunday, April 17, 2022





APRIL 17, 2022


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!


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Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements    John Strawbridge, Lay Leader


Prayer of Invocation (All)

Christ the Lord is Risen today! Alleluia! Our hopes and dreams have come true. We do not have to fear death, for Christ goes before us. Praise be to God who has raised Christ from the dead and given to us new life. Open our hearts to receive your wondrous words of love, O God. Help prepare us for the opportunities to serve you by serving others. In Christ’s Name, we pray. Amen.


Choral Introit    “Christ Rose Up From The Dead” (Spiritual, arr. Moore)

Christ rose (arose!) Christ rose up from the dead,

And God’s grace will bear my spirit home.


Call to Worship

L: The women came to tell us.

P: Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed.

L: Out of darkness, light has come.

P: Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed.

L: The tomb is empty, our hearts are full.

P: Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed.

L: Our mourning has been turned to dancing.

P: Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed.

L: Our tears have been turned to laughter.

P: Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed.

L: The stone moved away from the door of the tomb.

P: Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed.

L: Today the promise of God is fulfilled in our hearing.

P: Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!


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 siblings 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!


Sacrament of Baptism (see insert) Langston Lee Williams

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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   Luke 24:1-12   NIV

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.

9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

The Word of God for the People of God….Thanks be to God


Sermon “Do You Believe the Women?” Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


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)

On this day of finery, help us to clothe those who have thread bare outfits. On this day of family feasts, help us to feed those who stand at the back of restaurant kitchens hoping for the left-overs.  On this day of rejoicing, show us those who need an embrace of compassion and hope.  On this day of new life, let us dedicate not just our material gifts, but our very lives in sharing the great glad news of Easter.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  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.



Dance, celebrate, sing, and shout for joy! Christ is Risen and He goes before us, into this world of fear and pain. He has called us to bring the Good News of healing and hope, of redemption. Go in peace, and feel the presence of the Risen Lord with you, now and forever. AMEN!


Choral Benediction    “Hallelujah Chorus” Handel

Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth,

and He shall reign for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Amen.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude



We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:


Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Office will be closed 18th-23rd


Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601














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