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Lovely Lane

Tower Weekly
March 29, 2024

Sunday March 31, 2024

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

RESURRECTION SUNDAY,  YEAR B

MARCH 31, 2024

11:00 A.M.

† Stand as you are able

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements     John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

 

Choral Introït     “Christ is risen! Alleluia!     Maker

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

Risen our victorious Head!

Sing His Praises! Alleluia!

Christ is risen from the dead!

 

† Call to Worship

The grave is shrouded in darkness, but it holds nothing within,

For the one you seek has defeated the shadows.

The boulder is moved aside,

For the one you seek has triumphed over death itself.

The burial shrouds are left behind,

For the one you seek walks in the light of life!

Christ has risen!

Indeed, Christ has risen!

Let us celebrate our Victorious Savior!

 

† Opening Hymn     “He Lives”     UMH 310

 

Old Testament Lesson     Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

The word of God, for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

 

Call to Confession

Christ is Risen, Christ is Risen Indeed! In the light of His victory, let’s confront our shadows—our missteps, fears, and doubts. It’s time to embrace grace, turn from what binds us, and step into freedom. Together, let us confess, knowing His mercy is ever-new, because Christ is Risen, Christ is Risen Indeed.

 

Prayer of Confession:

Gracious God, You gave Your Son to conquer death and offer us new life. Yet, we often choose fear, doubt, and paths leading away from You. Our actions, words, and thoughts sometimes betray Your love, hurt others, and tarnish Your image within us. Forgive us, Lord, for the sake of Jesus. Empower us with His resurrection power to live not for ourselves but for Him who gave everything for us.

 

Words of Assurance

In Christ, we find grace. He faced death of our missteps and rose to secure our righteousness.

 

Through Him, we are forgiven and made whole. Amen.

 

Passing of the Peace

 

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

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 anytime that I don’t know what to do

I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

† Gospel Lesson     Mark 16:1-8     NRSV

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

The Gospel of our Lord.  Praise be to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon     Rev. Levon D. Sutton, pastor

 

Invitation to Offering

 

Offertory     “Or Saviors Lives!”     Purifoy

Our Savior lives again, no more to die.

He lives to reign as Lord, enthroned on high.

Our Savior lives victorious, He has risen from the grave!

 

He lives, eternally to save.

Our Savior lives to calm our doubts and fears.

He lives to soothe and wipe away all tears.

Our Savior lives, our mansions to prepare,

He lives to bring us safely there.

 

Our Savior lives and loves, He never leaves,

And every contrite soul He now receives.

Our Savior lives, with joyful hope He shall our hearts revive,

For Christ, our Lord, is yet alive!

 

Offering Prayer

On this glorious Easter Sunday, O God of life’s triumph over death, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Your Son. Like the women who found the empty tomb and heard the message of new life from the angels, we too encounter the living Christ within our hearts and lives. As we present our offerings, may they reflect our quest for the risen Christ, who urges us to surpass our limitations. Bless our giving, Lord, and guide us to experience the transformative presence of the living Jesus in our daily journey. In the name of our risen Savior, we pray. Amen.

† Closing Hymn     “Easter People, Raise Your Voices”     UMH 304

 

† Benediction

We’ve lifted our voices in song, offered our prayers, and united in worship.

Now, we return to the broader world.

Our gathering was a time to forge bonds, to deepen our connections with one another, and to strengthen our relationship with Jesus.

Empowered by these ties, we’re prepared to offer love and service, to bear God’s love into every corner of our lives.

As we navigate the forthcoming week, with its highs and lows, let us hold fast to the truth that God, who calls us into fellowship, never leaves our side.

We embark with God’s presence, as God’s people. Let it be so! Amen.

 

† Choral Benediction     “Hallelujah!”     Handel

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and He shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah!

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

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