Bulletin for Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

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

 

OPENING PRAYER

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.

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE                     

 

*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

 

AFFIRMATION

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.

–               —               –

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