April 4, 2021 – 11am
May God be with You!
And also with you!
Introit: VU#409 Morning Has Broken vs 1
Welcome & Announcements
If you are a visitor, we are pleased to have you with us today. May our worship be meaningful to us all!
Life & Work of the Church
(Birthdays & Anniversaries)
Call to Worship
This day dawns brightly! Hope is restored!
Christ is Risen! He has conquered death!
Come, open your hearts and spirits to the joyous Good News!
Let us celebrate the greatest victory of all time.
Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.
Hymn: vu#164 The Day of Resurrection vs 1, 3
Prayer of Approach
O God of Easter joy, we come this morning with glad shouts of acclamation. Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed. May this time of worship help us to truly and fully experience this Risen Christ. May we be transformed. transformed into your butterfly people, winging through the earth with messages of beauty, hope and life. Amen. 2
Prayer of Confession
Gracious God, you have walked patiently with us throughout our Lenten journey. You have celebrated our successes and our growing understanding of your love; and you have mourned our failures and rejections of your healing mercies. This day, as we have gathered to celebrate the joy of Easter, let us remember that we are to become “Easter People”, people of the Resurrection; people who know that what was thought to be impossible has been conquered. Forgive our stubbornness and fears. Fill us with your healing love and help us to become the disciples that you need to serve in this world. For we ask this in the name of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ. AMEN.
Words of Assurance
Christ is Risen! His love and mercy are poured out for you. Rejoice! You have been saved through the gift of Jesus Christ. AMEN.
Two selections: The Scarlet Purple Robe & Don’t Take the Good Times for Granted … “Me & Dem”
Celebrating Listening to God’s Word
Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 … Iva Powell
Selection: “Because He Lives … Melissa Clarke
Gospel Reading: Mark 16:1-8 … Minister
Meditation: “Resurrection: The Essence of our Faith.”
CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
Communion Hymn: VU# 467 One Bread, One Body vs 1
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, we praise you for your love revealed to us in Jesus, who walks with us, our Wisdom and our Way,
sharing our joy and sorrow, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and setting the captive free. So it is that we join the song of all creation to proclaim your goodness:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Mighty and tender God, in Jesus of Nazareth, we recognize the fullness of your grace: light, life, and love, revealed in words that confront and comfort us, in teachings that challenge and change us,
in compassion that heals and frees us. And now we gather at this table to remember and to be filled with such longing for your realm, that we may rise together to turn our worship into witness and to follow in your way.
We gather at this table to remember that on the night before he died, Jesus ate with his friends, he took bread, and after blessing it, he broke it and gave it to them, saying: “Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this, in remembrance of me.”
That same night, Jesus also took a cup, and after giving thanks, passed it to his friends, saying: “Drink. This cup, poured out for you, do this in remembrance of me.”
Loving God, we rejoice in the gift of your grace, remembering Christ’s life and death, proclaiming his resurrection, waiting in hope for his coming again. Grant that, in praise and thanksgiving, we may so offer ourselves to you that our lives may proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.
Send, O God, your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts,
that all who share in this loaf and cup may be the body of Christ: light, life, and love in the world. In this hope and as your people, we praise you.
Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.
We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others,to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God.
BREAKING OF BREAD
Invitation to the Table
Sharing the Bread & Cup
Prayer after Communion (Unison)
At this table, Christ is the host, welcoming all who hunger. At our tables, may Christ be our guest this day and always, that we might welcome hope, peace, joy, and love into our lives, and become hosts to God’s presence and people. We give thanks, almighty God, that you have fed us at your table by giving us your body and blood. Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world united in justice and peace. Amen.
Generous God, who gave us Jesus, we thank you for many other blessings. We return these gifts as tokens of appreciation and as a sign of love and loyalty to you and your kingdom. Accept these gifts and our lives, bless us and the gifts for your service. In the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN.
Hymn: VU#173 Thine is the Glory vs 1, 2
Benediction … Now the God of Peace, that brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the Sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen!
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