Easter Sunday Service





GATHERING

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

All: The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

*HYMN Jesus Christ is Risen Today


Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!


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!


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!


Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!

Praise eternal as His love; Alleluia!

Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

CALL TO CONFESSION


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from the grave and crowned him Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him or acknowledged his rule in our lives. We have gone along with the way of the world and failed to give him glory. Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ, who rules the world and is head of the church, his body. Amen.


ASSURANCE OF PARDON


ANTHEM: Was It A Morning Like This? Janet Flory and Lisa Kegley


WORD


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION


SCRIPTURE READING Mark 16:1-8


SERMON The Middle of the Sentence Sara Jane Nixon


*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


*HYMN The Day of Resurrection!


The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;

The Passover of gladness, the Passover of God.

From death to life eternal, from this world to the sky,

Our Christ hath brought us over with hymns of victory.


Our hearts be pure from 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.


Now let the heavens be joyful, let earth the song begin

Let the round world keep triumph, and all that is therein;

Let all things seen and unseen their notes of gladness blend,

For Christ the Lord is risen, our joy that hath no end.


THE LORD’S SUPPER


INVITATION TO THE TABLE

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

Leader: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them up to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION


COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE

All who trust in the Lord Jesus are welcome at this table. It is our custom to hold both the

bread and the cup until all have been served, and then to eat or drink together.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Eternal God, we praise you that your glory has dawned on us, and brought us into this Day of Resurrection. We rejoice that the grave could not hold your Son, and that he has conquered death, risen to rule over all powers of this earth. We praise you that he summons us into new life, to follow him with joy and gladness. By your Spirit, lift us from doubt and despair, and set our feet in Christ’s holy way, that our lives may be signs of his life, and all we have may show forth his love. Praise, glory, and thanksgiving to you, our God, forever and ever. Amen.


*HYMN Thine Be The Glory


Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

Kept the folded graveclothes where Thy body lay.

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won


Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom.

Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,

For the Lord now liveth; Death hath lost its sting.

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.


No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life!

Life is nought without Thee; aid us in our strife.

Make us more than conquerors through Thy deathless love;

Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.


CHARGE AND BENEDICTION



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