April 17, 2022, 11:00 am
PRELUDE: The Strife Is O’er (VICTORY)— Arr. jason Krugu
Resurrection Sunday Call to Return to Our Souls!
Pastor: Another Easter is here. Imagine – another Easter beginning now, within us!
People: I will let faith begin to live within me – and let my fears die!
Pastor: The Lord is risen. He is risen indeed!
People: I will let hope come alive within me – and no longer feed my disappointments and my despairs.
Pastor: We will see ourselves as if we personally walked out of darkness into dawn. As if the midnights of our fears and failures had passed!
People: And we walk along a new, brightly lit path of living.
Pastor: The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!
People: I will see myself as if I personally walked withThe Risen Christ on the first Easter!
Pastor: All the death behind me! All the dead places within me disappearing.
People: The Lord is risen. He is risen indeed!
Pastor: Another Easter is here! Imagine – another Easter beginning now.
People: Within me! Within us! Within our world! Alleluia!
HYMN: Jesus Christ is Risen Today GTG#232
CALL TO CONFESSION OF GLOBAL SIN AND COMMITMENT TO PERSONAL AND GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION
Pastor: Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of people and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.
People: We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Pastor: We may have all come in different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
People: Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Pastor: Almost always, the creative, dedicated minority has made the world better. We must use our time creatively.
People: Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”
–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Expression of Confidence in God’s Creative, Saving Grace
HYMN: Be Not Afraid GTG#243
Bible readings: John 20:1-18 Luke 24: 1-12
SUNG RESPONSE TO SCRIPTURE: In the Garden
Message: The 1st Sunday—After the 1st Full Moon—After the 1st Day of Spring!—Are You Ready for a Resurrection?
HYMN: Christ is Alive GTG#246
CHORAL ANTHEM: Lift Your Voice Rejoicing, Mary—Peter Lafford
Easter Matthew 25 Prayer, Lord’s Prayer, Sung Response: Come, Bring Your Burdens to God GTG#851
Offertory: O Sons and Daughters— arr. Mark Schweizer; Joshua Stark, percussion
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Pastor: It is certain that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. (James Baldwin)
People: Hate is a wasteful emotion. Most of the people you hate don’t know you hate them. And the rest don’t care. (Medgar Evers, voting rights leader, 20th century martyr)
Pastor: No one but you can build the bridges upon which you and only you must walk across the river of life. (Friedrich Nietszche)
People: I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger, because I knew— Slavery is the next thing to hell. (Harriet Tubman)
Pastor: Never forget where you come from, And always praise the bridges that have carried you over. (Fannie Lou Hamer)
People: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (Jesus of Nazareth)
Lilies are given:
In loving memory of Tom Bruns by Marti Anderson Bruns and family (Debbie Anderson)
In loving memory of my mother, Luretta Turnbull (Linda Smith)
In loving memory of my grandmothers, Lillian Brunk and Retta Kemerling (Linda Smith)
In loving memory of Ginger Ferguson, Maxine Lindsey, Tim Thomas, Steven Thomas, Nancy Brockman, Fred Culver, Josh Stark’s grandfather, Marilane Carter, Jim Elmer, Don Sears (Westport Presbyterian Church)