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