Easter Sunday

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FUNNY STORY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Debbie Young             Liturgist

L: Jesus Christ, in your triumph over the grave and your

   resurrection from death, the heavens and earth rejoice!
     P: We praise you, O God! For you have made us victorious

           over sin!
L: On the mountain of the Lord, all people will feast, and all wine

    shall be poured!
      P:  We praise you, O God! For you have prepared a table

           before us and our cups overflow!   
L: The Lord has swallowed up death forever; the Lord has wiped

    away the tears from all faces!
      P: We praise you, O God! For you have brought us from

           death to life!

L: The disgrace of God’s people has been taken away from the earth

    because the Lord has spoken!
      P: We praise you, O God! For you have given us joy and  

                  gladness!

HYMNChrist the Lord has Risen Today

Jen Whitlock-Horn / Heidi Prior-Keyboard

OPENING PRAYER (unison)

Powerful and loving God, you have raised Jesus Christ from the dead. God, raise us too. May fresh life burst among us like buds awakening to Spring. Break through the hard ground of distrust and self-hatred that keep us from loving, so that new life can emerge. Nurture new community where fear has kept us from the stranger. Keep us patient in sowing justice and planting peace. Teach us to trust the slow process from seed to stem, from stem to flower, from flower to fruit. Breathe on us with your spirit, through the risen Christ. Amen.

GOSPEL SCRIPTURE   THE EASTER STORY

John 20: 1-18

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

Sacred Dance / Pastor Bob & Sharon

from Barbra Streisand’s Christmas Album

HYMN:                               He Lives

Jen Whitlock-Horn / Heidi Prior-Keyboard

PRAYER OF PREPARATION (unison)

God of grace, we come today to hear the story of Easter. Open our hearts, that we might hear your truth anew. Be with us on the journey that leads to life and hope. Amen.

GOSPEL LESSON                  Luke 24:13-34

Pastor: This is the Word of God for the

People of God

Congregation: Thanks be to God

MEDITATION                               Pastor Bob

Is It You?

Word of Offertory Preparation

OFFERTORY          The Power of the Cross

Hallelujah from the Movie Shrek

Sacred Dance    Pastor Bob & Sharon

BLESSING THE OFFERING (unison)

O God, we thank you that Christ has entrusted us with the task of feeding your people. Make us faithful and courageous in our ministry of love and may we use these gifts to your glory. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

God of life and love, like Peter, we gaze into the empty tomb and see only death. Like Mary, we stand weeping over loss. We so often feel hopeless. We don’t recognize any possibility for joy. Surprise us with your work in the world. May we dry our tears, as we dance into new life. Amen

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

HOLY COMMUNION

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

HYMN:

HYMN:                           JOY to the WORLD

Jen Whitlock-Horn / Heidi Prior-Keyboard

BENEDICTION

Because the tomb is empty your life can be full, so go into every place and every day as people brimming with the love of God.

Be graceful in spirit, hopeful in word, faithful in deed.

Live for the Risen Christ as Christ lives in you.

Alleluia and Amen!

DEPART IN PEACE…Shalom!

POSTLUDE                         Heidi Prior