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.
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
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
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
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
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