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Easter Sunday Service

Good morning, friends. And Happy Easter!

I’m pleased to send you this link to our service this morning:  Morning Worship, Easter Sunday

There are several people I wish to thank for their contributions to this service, and for their help in making it possible, but I don’t wish to spoil what I think will be some lovely surprises for you. So watch for those acknowledgements to follow tomorrow.

(Side note: please know that everyone who appeared or helped followed county guidelines for keeping appropriate distance from one another.)

As we have done with all our online services, we’ve tried to make it possible for viewers to follow along and participate without needing access to a bulletin or a hymnal.

But in case it is helpful to you, here is the order of our service today:

Order of Worship
Easter Sunday 2020

RESURRECTION DANCE

PRELUDE

The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done

CALL TO WORSHIP

One voice: Christ is risen!
Many voices: He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

OPENING HYMN

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

1 Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

2 Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

3 But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured. Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

4 Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
praise eternal as God’s love. Alleluia!
Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

PRAYER OF ADORATION

This is the day, the great and marvelous day, that you have made, O God. On this Easter morning, your love and your life break into our Good Friday world like sunlight upon the mountains, bright and glorious. You cause new life to spring forth in wild abundance and great beauty. In Christ’s rising, you give birth to new hope, new faith and new life in us. Hear us as we join our hearts and voices in offering you our alleluias! In the name of the risen Christ, Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC

Now the Green Blade Rises

THE EASTER STORY

HOMILY

That Someone is Us

EASTER AFFIRMATION (sung)

I Believe in God the Father (arranged by David Gambrell)

1 I believe in God the Father, merciful and mighty Lord,
maker of the earth and heavens, whom we worship and adore;
and in Jesus Christ the Son, only Savior, sovereign one,
by the Holy Spirit given, born of Mary, blessed virgin.

2 Under Pilate, Jesus suffered, faithful to his final breath.
He was crucified and buried, and descended into death.
From the grave he did arise; and ascended through the skies;
now enthroned with God in heaven, he will judge the dead and living.

3 I believe in God the Spirit, and the church in every place;
saints in glorious communion, all forgiven, full of grace;
flesh and blood will live again; life in Christ will never end.
Holy Spirit, Son and Father: I will praise your name forever.

THE PASTORAL PRAYER

THE OFFERING

CLOSING HYMN

The Day of Resurrection

1 The day of resurrection!
Earth, tell it out abroad,
the Passover of gladness,
the Passover of God.
From death to life eternal,
from sin’s dominion free,
our Christ has brought us over
with hymns of victory.

2 Let hearts be purged of evil
that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal
of resurrection light,
and listening to his accents,
may hear, so calm and plain,
his own “All hail!” and hearing,
may raise the victor strain.

3 Now let the heavens be joyful;
let earth its song begin;
the round world keep high triumph
and all that is therein.
Let all things seen and unseen
their notes of gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord has risen,
our joy that has no end.

BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE

Prayer List for April 12, 2020: CLICK HERE