On this Easter morning of now done darkness
we lift our hearts with praise,
we open our lives with joy!
We thank you for our Savior, the Light of the world
who has brought death to death, and life to life.
We come into your presence with singing,
our hearts echoing the chorus of the ages,
“Hosanna! Alleluia forever and ever!
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!”
CALL TO WORSHIP
This is the day:
when tears are wiped away; shattered hearts are mended; fears are replaced with joy.
This is the day the Lord:
rolls away the stone of fear; throws off death's clothes; goes ahead of us into God's future.
This is the day the Lord has made:
death has no fear for us; sin has lost its power over us; God opens the tombs of our hearts to fill us with life.
This is the day - Easter Day!
Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!
*OPENING HYMN Jesus Christ is Risen Today No. 232 (Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to hum or meditate on the verses below.)
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
praise eternal as God's love. Alleluia!
Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!
CALL TO CONFESSION
We are Easter people, yet we also know how often we live in the shadows, afraid to follow the light, not noticing God at our side. Let us be reconciled to God, saying,
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the tomb you have given us the sure sign of your power to deliver us from sin and death and to renew our whole creation. We confess that we still fall into doubt and fear. We continue to cling to selfish ways and doubt your power to make all things new.
Forgive our lack of faith.
Have mercy on our weakness. Raise us from the death of sin that we may live with Christ in the joy of his resurrection, now and forever. Amen.
In humility, let us lift our silent prayers to God for the brokenness of this world and for the needs of our community and our hearts.
(Please refer to the deacon’s prayer list in your bulletin.)
ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US
This is the day of resurrection and new life. This is the day God offers us steadfast hope and love which never ends. We rejoice and give thanks
to the God who saves us. Amen.
SONG OF RESPONSE Christ is Alive! No. 246 (Verse 1, only)
(You are invited to hum or meditate on the verses below.)
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
The cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
Love, drowned in death, shall never die.
*PASSING THE PEACE
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. To this peace we were called as members of a single body.
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
O risen Christ, open us to the power of your resurrection as we hear it proclaimed anew this day, that we too might rise to new life in you. Amen.
EPISTLE LESSON Acts 10:34-43 GOSPEL LESSON John 20:1-18
SERMON Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro Easter Rising
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from A Brief Statement of Faith
In life and in death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
The God of every morning be with you.
And also with you.
People of Easter morning, lift up your hearts!
We lift them to the One who has raised Jesus from the grave.
People of Easter's joy, give thanks to the One who raises us to new life.
We sing our hallelujahs to the God of everlasting love.
The Words of Institution
The Lord’s Prayer
Our 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power
and the glory, forever. Amen.
Prayer following Communion
Holy and gracious God, here at this table
your promise of life is made tangible.
We have rested in the depth of your love;
we have tasted your nourishing, nurturing presence; in deep gratitude for this moment and this meal, we give ourselves to you.
Strengthen us in your service
to live as changed people, to walk in your way and share your joy, because we have shared the living bread and cannot remain the same.
For you have made us your own people by the death and resurrection of your Son, our Lord,
and by the life-giving power of your Spirit. Amen.
OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING Invitation
God has given us life in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In gratitude, let us offer our hearts and the fruit of our labor to God’s service.
(Thank you for sending your offerings.
They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.)
*Prayer of Dedication
Gracious God, we praise you for the light of new life made possible through Jesus.
We praise you for the light of new life
that continues to shine in our hearts today.
We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy, will live in us each day;
and that we will be bearers of that light
into the lives of others. Amen.
We Are Sent
*CLOSING HYMN Thine is the Glory No. 238 (You are invited to hum or meditate on the verses below.)
Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won. Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away, kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.
Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.
Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom. Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing, for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. (Refrain)
No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life! Life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife. Make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love; bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above. (Refrain)
Please stand as you are able, in body or in spirit.
All songs not from The Presbyterian Hymnal are used by permission of CCLI #1124594.