Sunday Worship – April 21, 2019

Sunday Worship – April 21, 2019

  • click here to investigate THE LENTEN SEASON BEHIND US: 2019
    • It all began again on Ash Wednesday, March 6th this year. On the first Sunday of Lent, we began a series of sermons that explores the “Seven Deadly Sins” of church tradition. In the late 6th century, Pope Gregory the Great modified an earlier list and ranked them based on the degree to which they “offended against love:” Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Anger, and Sloth.
    • During the Lenten season, we died to these “deadly sins,” if only just a little bit by becoming more aware of how and why these “deaths” control our daily lives by separating us from the love of self, the love of neighbor, and the love of God. We died this past Lent to prepare for the new Life that is ours because of today – http://terrafirmarealestate.ca/search-properties/ EASTER.
    • Christ the Lord is Risen today! And so have we – to new life. Alleluia!


Pastor Joel , Mark Lane and others help lead worship at the Easter Sunrise Service.  (Click for closer view)

  • dating apps de huétor de santillán CONSIDERING EASTER: 2019
    • Today is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring solstice. Every Easter is. In 325 A.D., the Council of Nicea laid down only two rules for the placement of Easter on the calendar: Though it was linked to Passover by much of its symbolism, it was to be independent of the Jewish calendar and it was to have “worldwide” uniformity. Though most often more ritual and ceremony is given to Christmas celebrations, Easter is the highest Holy Day in the Christian community. http://radiovallekas.org/455392-dts63361-mujer-soltera-busca-de-sant-pere-de-torelló.html What does RESSURECTION life mean to you?

PART 1: 

  • THE RINGING OF THE BELL
  • PRELUDE:  “Rise, O Children of Salvation!” – arr. David Cherwien
  • EASTER PROCLAMATION
    • Pastor Joel:  We must never again look for the living among the dead. We are chosen servants of the Lord, the mystical body of Christ. Because of Easter, we have been granted privilege and responsibility to carry on the redemptive work begun in Jesus. Let us begin in love and humility to serve and strengthen the Love of God throughout the world!
  • CALL TO WORSHIP – Ashia Stoess
    • Leader:  The nightmare is over! The hour of darkness has passed. God’s mercy and love have triumphed once and for all over our hatred and ignorance.
    • People:  Miracle of miracles, though we failed so utterly at the cross, God has come back to us!
    • Leader:  Bringing not judgement, but the peace of eternal life.
    • People:  The Risen Christ is within us, guiding us in the way of truth and empowering us with the gifts of the Spirit.
    • ALL:  LET US WORSHIP OUR LIVING GOD AND SING OF RESURRECTION LIFE!

PART 2: 

  • PROCESSIONAL HYMN, NO. 123:  “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” – EASTER HYMN
    • 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!
  • LITANY AND PRAYER FOR EASTER MORNING
    • Leader:  Before time, at the beginning of creation, God’s Spirit moved across the face of the deep waters of chaos.
    • People:  Light, land, and every living thing were given life.
    • Leader:  When the world fell into rebellion, God saved Noah from the deep waters of chaos.
    • People:  And humanity was given another chance to live.
    • Leader:  Today we step out of the ark, for Resurrection has happened and the chance to begin again is ours. Let us pray …
    • ALL:  GIVER OF NEW LIFE, WE COME THIS MORNING WITH OUR ALLELUIAS, OUR BANNERS AND FLOWERS, OUR TRUMPETS AND OUR SONGS. WE COME TO WORSHIP IN BEAUTY AND IN TRUTH BECAUSE WE HAVE FAITH THAT JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE, BECAUSE WE HAVE HOPE THAT THE RESURRECTION WILL ENTER INTO EACH OF OUR LIVES AND TRANSFORM THEM, AND BECAUSE, THROUGH CHRIST’S SPIRIT, WE HAVE COME TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. ACCEPT OUR WORSHIP, GRACIOUS GOD. BE PRESENT WITH US AS MEMORY, MIRACLE, AND MYSTERY, AND AS THE TENDER HANDS OF GRACE. AMEN.
  • RESPONSE, NO. 113:  “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!” – LLANFAIR
    • Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
    • Fought the fight, the battle won; Alleluia!
    • Death in vain forbids Him rise; Alleluia!
    • Christ has opened paradise. Alleluia!

PART 3: 

  • TIME WITH THE YOUNGER DISCIPLES

PART 4:

  • MUSICAL OFFERING – The Chancel Choir:  “This Joyful Eastertide” – Vernon Hoyle

PART 5:

  • SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Luke 24:1-5a (5b, 8-9)
  • SERMON:  THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD – Reverend Joel Weible
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PART 6: 

  • PROCLAMATION HYMN, NO. 108:  “Christ Is Alive!” –  TRURO
    • 1  Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
      The cross stands empty to the sky.
      Let streets and homes with praises ring.
      Love, drowned in death, shall never die.
    • 2  Christ is alive! No longer bound
      to distant years in Palestine,
      but saving, healing, here and now,
      and touching every place and time.
    • 3  In ever insult, rift and war,
      where color, scorn, or wealth divide,
      Christ suffers still, yet loves the more,
      and lives, where even hope has died.
    • 4  Women and men, in age and youth,
      can feel the Spirit, hear the call,
      and find the way, the life, the truth,
      revealed in Jesus, freed for all.
    • 5  Christ is alive, and comes to bring
      good news to this and every age,
      till earth and sky and ocean ring
      with joy, with justice, love and praise.
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  • AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – from A BRIEF STATEMENT OF FAITH
    • In life and death we belong to God.
    • Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
    • With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

PART 7: 

  • TIME OF GIVING THANKS / CELEBRATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • PRESENTATION OF GIFTS, TITHES, AND OFFERINGS

PART 8: 

  • OFFERTORY:  “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” – G.F. Handel
  • DOXOLOGY
  • PRAYER OF DEDICATION
    • The risen Christ has always been with us. In his name we dedicate our humble offering. We are servants of our Lord, O God. As we are empowered by the gift of our Risen Christ, use our gifts to carry on your redemptive work. In love and with humility, we pray. Amen

PART 9: 

  • CLOSING HYMN NO. 104:  “Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!” – HYMN TO JOY
    • 1  Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna!
      Celebrate this day of days!
      Christ is risen! Hush in wonder:
      all creation is amazed.
      In the desert all surrounding,
      see, a spreading tree has grown.
      Healing leaves of grace abounding
      bring a taste of love unknown.
    • 2  Christ is risen! Raise your spirits
      from the caverns of despair.
      Walk with gladness in the morning.
      See what love can do and dare.
      Drink the wine of resurrection,
      not a servant, but a friend.
      Jesus is our strong companion.
      Joy and peace shall never end.
    • 3  Christ is risen! Earth and heaven
      nevermore shall be the same.
      Break the bread of new creation
      where the world is still in pain.
      Tell its grim, demonic chorus:
      “Christ is risen! Get you gone!”
      God the First and Last is with us.
      Sing Hosanna everyone!
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  • CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

PART 10: 

  • BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  “Hallelujah Chorus” – G.F. Handel
  • THE RINGING OF THE BELL
  • POSTLUDE:  “Open Now Thy Gates of Heaven” – arr. Paul Manz

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