Worship Service Mar 31

Easter Sunday

Worship is the highest activity of a person whose sole and ultimate aim is God’s glory.


ORDER OF WORSHIP

Gathering Prelude 

Call to Worship 

Response: Christ the Lord Has Risen Today #302 vs 1-4

Welcome and Service Overview

Easter Scripture: Luke 24:1-8 Video

Lighting of the Paschal Candle 

LIGHTING THE PASCHAL CANDLE

Pastor: Grace to you from Jesus Christ, who was and is, and is to come. Sisters and brothers, our Savior Jesus Christ has passed from death to life. Hear the word of God: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In the Word was life and the life was the light of all humanity. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.   

BLESSING OF THE NEW FIRE

People: Eternal God, giver of light and life, bless this new flame that by its radiance and warmth we may respond to your love and grace, and be set free from all that separates us from you and from each other; through Jesus Christ, the Sun of Righteousness. Amen.

Prayer of Illumination

Song of Faith: Glorious Day

Responsive Reading: Psalm 16  #748

Apostles Creed: hymnal #881  

Gloria Patri – hymnal #71

Offering Dedication and Offertory 

Doxology – hymnal #95

Centering Music – Instrumental Special

Prayers of the People: See below

Sermon Scripture: Mark 16:1-8

Sermon:  The First Reaction to Easter

Hymn of Response: Up From the Grave He Arose  #322 all

Announcements – Life of the Church

Commissioning and Benediction


Prayers of the People 

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us a little child one of us,

flesh and blood to share in our humanity.

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as carpenter

and yet in whose creative hands a world was fashioned

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as fisherman

and yet pointed to a harvest that was yet to come

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as teacher

and opened eyes to truths that only the poor could understand

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as healer

and opened hearts to the reality of wholeness

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as prophet, priest and king and yet humbled himself to take our place upon the cross

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as servant

and revealed to us the extent of his Father’s love for humankind

ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus, who rose from the ignominy of a sinner’s death to the triumph of a Savior’s resurrection

For God so loved the world

ALL: That all might have eternal life God of resurrection of life and death rebirth, renew our hearts and minds.

Draw us close. Open our eyes to the glory of the risen Christ, our hearts to the wonder of the Cross and our hands to the service of your kingdom where you have placed us. That your name might be glorified through our lives.

ALL: Forgive us that we fail to show through word and action the truth that you loved us into your kingdom through the glorious mystery of the Cross. Forgive us that there is still fear in our lives that prevents us from achieving our full potential.

And now with the faith of God holy people let us pray the prayer Christ gave when he gave as an example when he prayed . . .  Lord’s Prayer

ALL: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive our trespassers. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever!  Amen 


Announcements – Life of the Church

ABCCM FOOD DONATIONS: Donation Basket at  Front Door

Medical Lending Closet Flyers are available to distribute to friends and places that will post them. 

The daily prayer chain goes out after 8pm. Send requests to prayer@alexanderchapel.org. Prayer shawls are also available. Questions? Contact Pastor Marjory.

Ladies Loving the Lord: The next meeting is the quarterly social on April 20th at Christ UMC for the Mad Hatters Brunch.

The Spring Ladies Bible Study will be on Monday evenings April 22, 29, May 6. More details to come.