WELCOME TO EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP
AT LIVERPOOL FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
APRIL 1, 2018
*indicates a request to stand
PRELUDE In silence, please prepare your heart for worship
Trumpet Tune and Air by Henry Purcell Jared King, trumpet
CHORAL INTROIT Simply, Alleluia by Tom Fettke Chancel Choir
CALL TO WORSHIP
One At the break of dawn, a bird sings.
All The long night of darkness is over.
One The stone is rolled away,
All The tomb is empty.
One The sun begins to shine.
All The Son has risen!
One It’s a morning of glory,
All Of love overcoming death,
One Of women spreading Good News,
All Of men turning from despair to hope.
One It’s a morning of joy,
All For Easter has come again.
One Hope is reborn,
All Love is stronger than death,
One And we lift our voices in song
*HYMN #302 Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS (Chorus, #364) Because He Lives
Loving God, as the sunrise disclosed the light of the truth of Jesus’ resurrection, shine your light into our lives. Chase away the corners of sadness, expose our fears and bring us to the light of new hope, the dawn of possibility. Open us to your resurrection power that knows no boundaries. Fill us with incredible joy, everlasting peace and unquenchable hope this day and always. In the name of Jesus, the resurrected One, Amen.
*HYMN #162 Alleluia, Alleluia
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
ANTHEM An Easter Flourish by Jon Paige & David Angerman
Chancel Choir & Jared King, trumpet
GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD Alleluia from Exsultate, Jubilate
by W.A. Mozart Nancy B. James, soprano
*PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS Majesty, Worship His Majesty
Majesty, worship His majesty! Unto Jesus be all glory, honor and praise
Majesty, kingdom authority, flow from His throne unto His own,
His anthem raise! So exalt lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify, Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship His majesty! Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings!
THE WRITTEN WORD John 11. 17–27
17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”
ALLELUIA CHOIR Holy is the Lord, by Chris Tomlin
DRAMATIC WORD No Foolin’, by Rachel Benjamin
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Open our ears to hear your Word proclaimed in this place.
Open our hearts to know your Love offered in this congregation.
Open our eyes to see your Presence blessing us in this moment.
SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Do You Believe This? Dr. Brian Homan
We believe in the risen Christ. Like the disciples who were amazed at what they saw, so are we amazed at what we experience. We see the face of Christ in children’s smiles, in the eyes of our families. We hear the voice of Christ in the stillness of a clear night, in the way our friends call our name, in the song that brings tears to our eyes. We know the touch of Christ in every warm embrace. We taste the presence of Christ in bread that is blessed, broken and shared. We feel the power of Christ in standing up to injustice, in reaching out to help another, in building strong communities of welcome and support. We feel the love of Christ when another wipes away our tears, takes us by the hand and leads us through the valleys and shadows to a new place. We believe the risen Christ. We know the risen Christ. We are blessed.
THE CHALLENGE & SENDING FORTH
CLOSING HYMN #310 He Lives
*BENEDICTION SONG Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Trumpet Tune by John Stanley Jared King, trumpet
We celebrate our Youth Fellowship members as they lead us in worship today.
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Pastor — Brian Homan
Associate Pastors — Penny Hart, Candace Lawrence
Director of Family Ministries — Karen Gloyd
Director of Music Ministries — Nancy B. James
Organist — Bill Young
DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR APRIL 2 — 7
A daily devotion on the readings is provided by Pastor Homan and is available through email upon your request or may be found on the church’s Facebook page. Printed copies are available at our Welcome Desk.
Monday: Luke 23. 1–12 Tuesday: Mark 15. 6–24
Wednesday: Luke 23. 32–49 Thursday: Matthew 27. 57–66
Friday: John 20. 1–18 Saturday: Matthew 28. 8–15