*Call to Worship
Christ is risen today!
People: Christ is
Leader: The tomb could
not hold him.
People: The grave is
empty. Christ is risen!
Leader: Humanity’s sin
could not condemn him.
People: He shattered
sin’s power over us. Christ is risen!
Leader: Death could not
People: He conquered
death for all eternity. Christ is risen!
Leader: Jesus Christ is
People: Christ is
*Hymn of Praise
the Lord Is Risen Today”
Litany for Easter
by Rev. Bret S. Myers
with the pain of Good Friday lingering in our consciousness,
we awake to a new day of hopes and miracles.
People: Loving God,
we sought closure for the tragedies of the past, but you now
beckon us to seek openness to the miracles of present.
Leader: You have
surprised us with grace, and have shown us a different
future than the one in which we were convinced.
People: We know that
the good news of resurrection, as well as being a cause for
joy and celebration, is also a challenge to never resign our
spirits to the “inevitable.”
Leader: For the
“inevitable” is what has been buried with the rising of the
People: The prison of
death has been ransacked by the power of life…
Leader: …the dungeon of
disillusionment has been replaced by the sanctuary of
People: Resurrect our
spirits and faith that we may go forth…
Leader: to a world in
need of our good news and our good deeds, that truth may
reign…that justice may prevail…and that mercy may mend all
our past hurts
People: and restore
us to health and wholeness. Amen.
“Woke Up This
Morning” TFWS #2082
WE TALK TO GOD
Praises, Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy 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 those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS
Offering of Tithes and Gifts to the Lord
Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving
“Doxology” UMH #95
CELEBRATING THE WORD
Special Music and Testimonies
3:1-4 page 1073
“He is alive!”
*Dismissal With Blessing