Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021

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A Celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord

THE GATHERING

Welcome and Announcements    

Gathering with Bowl and Flame       

Prelude: “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” ~ arr. John Carter; Pianist Janet Anderson

Call to Worship 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day    

God, you placed a star in the sky to draw wise ones to the place of Christ’s nativity. There you revealed the mystery of your eternal purpose for all humanity: God made flesh, born of Mary, opening to all the world the promise you made to Abraham and Sarah. Empower your church to be as the light of the star, that we may draw the world to the glory of Christ, our Lord, through whom we pray. Amen.

Hymn of Praise: Glory to God Hymnal #20 “All Things Bright and Beautiful”

Invitation to Wholeness

Jesus’ rising from the dead assures us that we, too, have been given new life. In remembering our baptism this day, Easter echoes our true confession:

Easter Litany and Thanksgiving for Baptism

ALL: Holy One, you come to us with power beyond all knowing. You lift all things out of the dust, you breathe love into every cell, you call us into communion with you, and you claim victory over death. Blessed be your holy name now and forever.

Mt. Tabor: We give you thanks for your grace revealed through water. Before time, at the beginning of creation, your Holy Spirit moved across the face of the deep, and from chaos you brought forth light and land and every living thing, declaring them good.

Trout Lake: Any time we experience a fall, we remember how you saved Noah in the flood; by light refracted in the water of clouds, you made the rainbow a sign of your covenant never to abandon the earth and its inhabitants again.

Mt. Tabor: You led the Hebrews through the waters of the Red Sea, freeing them from slavery in Egypt, and led them through the Jordan River, bringing them to your promised land of milk and honey.

Trout Lake: To the waters of that same Jordan River, your Son Jesus came to be baptized by John, as the Holy Spirit anointed him to proclaim salvation for the world.

Mt. Tabor: Send your Holy Spirit to bless the waters again, O Lord. Let it be for us the water of new creation, the cleansing flood, the covenant rainbow, the Red Sea of mercy, the anointed of salvation.

ALL: Let us all remember the flood of our adoption: our Red Sea, our Jordan River, our baptism when we became one with Christ Jesus, Savior of all. O God, help us receive anew the promise you have opened to all people, all nations, all creatures, all times; through Christ who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, Amen.

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response Glory to God Hymnal #591: “Halle, Halle, Halle” (Chorus 2x) ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys and Where We Have Seen God at Work in the World

Sung Response: “The Thank You God Song” ~ Pastor Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Spirit of God, in the proclamation of your Word, reveal to us the hidden mystery of your love and the wonder of your ways. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9

 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

First Gospel Reading: Mark 16:1-8

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Second Gospel Reading: John 20:1-10

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Brief Participatory Homiletical Reflection: It Takes Two … Gospels~ Pastor Scott

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: Glory to God Hymnal #250 “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.15

God’s sovereign love is a mystery beyond the reach of the human mind. Human thought ascribes to God superlatives of power, wisdom, and goodness.  But God reveals divine love in Jesus Christ by showing power in the form of a servant, wisdom in the folly of the cross, and goodness in receiving all people.  The power of God’s love in Christ to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator who made all things to serve the purpose of God’s love.

Intercessory Prayers of the People followed by the Lord’s Prayer  

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Thank you for your commitment and your generosity during this past year! Your continued tithing practice and stewardship is precious. You can make out a check and send your offering to your respective congregation; or, in the case of MTCP, utilize the online giving opportunity link in the weekly electronic newsletter.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “At Communion” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

Whether I kneel or stand or sit in prayer

I am not caught in time nor held in space,

But, thrust beyond this posture, I am where

Time and eternity are face to face;

Infinity and space meet in this place

Where crossbar and upright hold the One

In agony and in all Love’s embrace.

The power in helplessness which was begun

When all the brilliance of the flaming sun

Contained itself in the small confines of a child

Now comes to me in this strange action done

In mystery. Break time, break space, O wild

And lovely power. Break me: thus am I dead

Am resurrected now in wine and bread.[1]

Doxology: Glory to God Hymnal #609 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

This is the joyful feast of the people of God! People will come from north and south and from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke, and gave it to them.  Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.

This is the Lord’s table.  Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast that he has prepared.

Great Thanksgiving

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.

How can we thank you, O God?  For sun and moon and stars, for breath and life and all things good, for your steadfast promise and your faithful love, for the day that is surely coming when all things will be made new.  With saints, with angels, and with the whole creation, we join the ancient and eternal hymn:

Hymn Glory to God Hymnal #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Together, we continue: We give you thanks, Holy God, for Jesus, who came to be your living Word, to baptize us with Spirit and fire, to feed the hungry, to humble the mighty, and to announce the good news of your coming realm.

We remember how, when the hour had come, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles. 

He said to them, I will not eat this Passover again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Then Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.  After supper, he took a cup, saying, this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.  I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes. Together, we offer this supplication:

O God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us – this bread, this cup, these your people – Christ’s body and blood, given in love for the world. Make us one in the Spirit, one in the church, and one with Christ our Lord. Make us gentle, joyful, thankful people, serving our neighbors, worshiping you alone.  Keep us in the peace of Christ until you gather us at your table in glory.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever; and all God’s people said: Amen!

All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God.

Communion of the People. You are invited to share your own bread and cup together at home. When you have finished partaking of the sacraments, join in (muted) singing:

Hymn of Reflection: Glory to God Hymnal #527 “Eat This Bread” Opt. A; repeat until all are served

Prayer following Communion 

Let us pray together:

We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ, for the gifts of grace we have received from your hand.  Now send us forth to reflect your light, proclaiming your saving death and resurrection until you come again in glory.  Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn: Glory to God Hymnal #235 “O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing”

Charge:

Go from here renewed and strong, knowing that the Lord is alive, almighty, and present. Look for the blessings that await you this week. Weep with those who weep. Rejoice with those who celebrate. Tell the story of hope.

Benediction: “Deep peace be with you…”

         Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin!

Postlude: Awake, Thou Wintry Earth” ~ J.S. Bach; Guest Organist, Tom Skyler

[1] Madeleine L’Engle, from Glimpses of Grace: Daily Thoughts and Reflections (San Francisco, CA: Crosswicks, Ltd., Harper Collins Publishers, 1996) 85.

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