Easter Sunday

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     Pastor Bob

CALL TO WORSHIP

(Psalm 118, John 20)

James Claggett – Liturgist

L: Christ is risen!

    P: Christ is risen indeed!

L: This is the day the Lord has made.

    P: Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

HYMN:     Christ the Lord is Risen Today

UMC Hymnal    #302  vs. 1-4

OPENING PRAYER  (Unison)

James Claggett – Liturgist

God of new life and new possibilities, we gather to sing our

songs of gladness and to share your steadfast love. Some of us come from the shadows of our lives, as we anticipate the light. Some of us come eager to learn but are unsure of what it all means.

Some of us come in grief, grateful to discover hope. Wherever

we come from, may we all find you, the risen Christ, the one who conquered death and proclaims new life for all.

In the name of the risen Christ, we pray. Amen.

EPISTLE LESSON            Acts 10: 34-43

James Claggett – Liturgist

 

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

He Is Lord

UMC Hymnal    #177

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE    Pastor Bob

PASTORAL PRAYER

HYMN:         Alleluia

UMC Hymnal    #186

GOSPEL LESSON              John 20: 1-18

MEDITATION                          Pastor Bob

Mistaken Identity

INVITATION TO OFFERING

(Psalm 118, John 20)        Pastor Bob

The gift of God is here with us, for the presence of the risen.

Christ is with us always. Ingratitude, may we offer our gifts, as we give thanks to the Lord, who is good. Truly, God’s steadfast love endures forever.

OFFERTORY        I Love You Lord

Barbara Houser - soloist

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

(John 20)  Unison

Receive, O God, all that we are: our treasures, our time, our talents, and even our forgiven flaws. May your grace be made known through our giving, that others may be healed by the Spirit of Christ, our friend. Amen.

COMMUNION HYMN:

Spirit Song       UMC Hymnal    #347

GREAT THANKSGIVING

COME TO THE TABLE and

RECEIVE THE RISEN SAVIOR

LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN:               He Lives

UMC Hymnal    #310

BENEDICTION

(Acts 10, John 20)    Pastor Bob

Christ is risen! Go and preach the Good News:

“I have seen the Lord!”

DEPART IN PEACE... SHALOM.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Hymn of Promise

UMC Hymnal    #707