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Easter Sunday

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS     Pastor Bob

Are you searching for tombs and memories

for Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified?

Open your eyes to God’ wonder.

Our God is full of surprises.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Sharon Stewart - Liturgist

Jesus Christ, in your triumph over the grave

and your resurrection from death,

the heavens and earth rejoice!

          We praise you, O God!

For you have made us victorious over sin!

On the mountain of the Lord, all people

will feast, and all wine shall be poured!

         We praise you, O God! For you have

prepared a table before us and

our cups overflow!

The Lord has swallowed up death forever;

the Lord has wiped away the tears

from all faces!

          We praise you, O God! For you

have brought us from death to life!

The disgrace of God’s people has been

taken away from the earth because

the Lord has spoken!

We praise you, O God!

For you have given us joy and gladness!

HYMN:  Christ the Lord has Risen Today

UMC Hymnal    #302 vs. 1-4

OPENING PRAYER

(Unison)    Sharon Stewart

Dear Lord, on this glorious Easter morning, we rejoice in the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the hope and new life that Easter brings. May we live in the light of His victory over death. Amen.

EPISTLE READING

Acts 10: 34-43      Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Because He Lives

UMC Hymnal    #364 vs. 1

LIFTING THE PRAYERS FROM THE HEART

Pastor Bob

EASTER PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:    Up From the Grave He Arose

UMC Hymnal #322

GOSPEL READING     Mark 16: 1-8

This is the Word of God for the People of God

Thanks be to God, Amen

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

Ta Da!

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24)      Pastor Bob

Friends, God has opened the gates of righteousness.

Let us accept God’s invitation and offer our gifts

of thanksgiving in Christ’s name.

Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY    Erin Tellier

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    # 94

BLESSING of the OFFERING

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

O Holy God, thank you for your goodness and mercy, especially for the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. May these offerings, and indeed our very lives, become a witness to all people of the salvation and grace you bring into the world. Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:    He Lives

UMC Hymnal  #310

BENEDICTION    (Psalm 118, Mark 16)

Pastor Bob

Easter people of Jesus Christ, this very day, God has acted.

Jesus is raised from the dead.

Let us rejoice and be glad.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

Happy Easter!

He is Risen!

He is Risen indeed!

DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources:

Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2024.

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