Easter Sunday Bulletin for April 21, 2019

EASTER SUNDAY

April 21, 2019

PRELUDE In silence, please prepare your heart for worship        

Presto from Suite No. 2 by G.P. Telemann       Jarred King, trumpet

INTROIT An Easter Alleluia by Bob and Esther Burroughs 

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 #364 (chorus) 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

PSALTER Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

One: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 

All:    Let God’s people proclaim: “His love endures forever.” 

One: The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become
          my salvation. 

All:    Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the
          righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! 

One:  The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; 

All:    The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” 

One:  I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord
           has done. 

All:   The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given
          me over to death. 

One: Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and
          give thanks to the Lord. 

All:   This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous
          may enter. 

One: I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have
          become my salvation. 

All:    The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; 

One:  the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. 

All:    This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be
          glad in it. 

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #186 Alleluia

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

ANTHEM The Days of Christ by Craig Courtney

GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD I Know That My Redeemer Liveth

from G.F. Handel’s Messiah         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!

WRITTEN WORD Acts 10. 34-43

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen – by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

HYMN OF PREPARATION #303 The Day of Resurrection

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 The Real Good News     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.

CHALLENGE & SENDING FORTH

CLOSING HYMN #310 He Lives

POSTLUDE Hallelujah (from Messiah, arr organ solo) by G F Händel