2020 April 12 Easter

Easter Sunday April 12, 2020

 No matter who you are 

or where you are 

on life’s journey, 

you’re welcome here.

HAPPY EASTER!

Call to Worship
We come to this place, seeking Jesus in the
familiar story of our faith.
Do not meet us only here, O Living Christ,
but surprise us with Resurrection power in
all the places of our lives!
We gather together to sing and pray the story we
know by heart, a story of loving triumph and powerful grace.
This story of “Alleluia!” means great joy for the One
who lives and the ones who witness to this new life
in all the places of our lives!
We rejoice and thank you for the life of your son,
resurrected by the power of your loving, vibrant Spirit.
Let this same Spirit fill all the places of our lives,
that we may know the truth of resurrection for the rest of our lives!
We join our hearts in song and sing “Alleluia! Gracious Jesus!”
for Christ is living and so are we!
Alleluia indeed!

Prayer of Confession
God, we confess to you that while we know well
the story of your victory over the grave, it is not a story
we always live. We are dragged down by all manner of death –
Fear may suffocate us: the loss of dreams and hopes for ourselves,
our families, our communities and our nation. Sorrow may wall us
off like a grave, isolating us with anger, frustration, and grief. Amen

SILENT REFLECTION

Assurance of Pardon
Just as Christ did not come to condemn but to liberate,
so too is Christ raised from death not to judge but to celebrate.
Cast off the yoke of sorrow and instead raise up the scepter of joy –
Christ lives! We live! All is made new on this Resurrection morning!
Alleluia and Amen!

Scripture Readings
New Testament Lesson: Acts 10:34-43
Psalter Lesson: Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 28:1-10

Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived
by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under
Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hades;
the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Benediction
May the living God who raised Jesus from the dead bless you and keep you and make you shine with joy. May God raise up new life in you, and give you peace, for the sake of Jesus, Lord of Life!
Christ is risen! Tell the world!
Risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ is risen! Tell the world!
Risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ is risen! Tell the world!
Risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
May the living God who raised Jesus from the dead bless you and keep you and make you shine with joy. May God raise up new life in you, and give you peace,
for the sake of Jesus, Lord of Life! Alleluia and Amen!