"Equipped for Ministry"Easter service April 4, 2021
00:00 / 1:00:13

 

April 4, 2021 Bulletin – Easter Sunday

Through April 11, Pastor Drew will be doing a sermon series on the Gospel of John. We will examine some of the major themes and stories found in John, such as being "born again," the bread of heaven, light and darkness, washing his disciples' feet, and so forth. This morning's message is based on what Jesus "gave" to his disciples the first time he appeared to them following his resurrection.

 

 

Prelude                                                                    

“Low in the Grave”

Arr. by Lani Smith

 

Welcome

 

*Call to Worship                    Rev. Chuck Jacobs

L:     After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the tomb.

P:    There was a great earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven. Coming to the stone, he rolled it away and sat on it.

L:     His face was like lightning and his clothes as white as snow. The guards were so terrified of him that they shook with fear and became like dead men.

P:    But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.

L:     He isn’t here; he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said."

P:    He is not here! He is risen! Alleluia!

 

*Resurrection Hymns                            

"Christ the Lord is Risen Today"                                

UMH #302 (vv. 1-3)

 

1. Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

2.  Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

3.  Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

                                                                                                       

"The Day of Resurrection"                                                 

#303 (vv. 1-2)

1. The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;
the passover of gladness, the passover of God.
From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,
our Christ hath brought us over, with hymns of victory.

 

2.  Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal of resurrection light;
and listening to his accents, may hear, so calm and plain,
his own "All hail!" and, hearing, may raise the victor strain.

 

"Easter People, Raise Your Voices"                                         

#304 (vv. 1-2)

 

1.  Easter people, raise your voices, sounds of heaven in earth should ring.

Christ has brought us heaven’s choices; heavenly music, let it ring:

"Alleluia! Alleluia!" Easter people, let us sing.

 

2.  Fear of death can no more stop us from our pressing here below.

For our Lord empowered us to triumph over every foe.

Alleluia! Alleluia! On to victory now we go.

 

*Unison Prayer                        Rev. Chuck Jacobs

O Lord Jesus Christ, you conquered death and rose from the dead and are alive for evermore.

Help us never to forget your loving presence with us.

Help us to remember

that you are with us in every time of perplexity to guide and to direct us;

that you are with us in every time of sorrow to comfort and counsel us;

that you are with us in every time of temptation to strengthen and to inspire us;

that you are with us in every time of loneliness to cheer and befriend us;

that you are with us even in death to bring us to the glory on the other side.

We ask this for your love’s sake. Amen.

 

*Hymn                                                      

"Easter People, Raise Your Voices"                                               

#304 (v. 3)

 

3.  Every day to us is Easter with its resurrection song.
When in trouble move the faster to our God who rights the wrong.
Alleluia!  Alleluia! See the power of heavenly throngs.
 

 

Special Music                                                              

“Empty Now”                                  

Ann Jacobs, Cathy Grattan,

Tom Norager, Steve Grattan 

By Joseph M. Martin                       

 

There is a manger far away where once a tiny child was laid, where angels sang and shepherds bowed, long ago, far away; the manger is empty now. There is a temple far away where once a teacher went to pray.  He spoke of truth to an angry crowd, long ago, far away; the temple is empty now.  There is a cross far away where once a Lamb for sin was slain.  A crown of thorns adorned His brow; the cross is empty, the cross is empty now.  There is a tomb far away where once the Lord of Life was laid.  Come and see His linen shroud.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  The tomb is empty now!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

Scripture Reading              Rev. Chuck Jacobs                                         

John 20:19-23                                                    

 

19 It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.”

 

Sermon                                                               

“Equipped for Ministry”

 

Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer

  

Invitation to Give and Offertory                    

“Behold the Lamb”                             

Ann Jacobs, Cathy Grattan,

Tom Norager, Steve Grattan                                                                                 

Arr. by Lloyd Larson                          

 

Behold the Lamb, behold the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.  For sinners crucified, O holy sacrifice, sacrifice.  Behold the Lamb, the Lamb of God, behold the Lamb.  Crown, crown Him, crown Him, crown, crown Him, crown Him.  Worthy is the Lamb.  Praise, praise Him, praise Him, praise, praise Him, praise Him, Heav’n and earth resound!  Behold the Lamb, behold the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.  For sinners crucified, O holy sacrifice, sacrifice.  Behold the Lamb, the Lamb of God, behold the Lamb.  Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne; Hark! how the heav’nly anthem drowns all music but its own.  Awake, my soul, and sing, sing of Him who died for thee, and hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.  Behold the Lamb.  Behold the Lamb of God.  Behold the Lamb, the Lamb of God!

*Closing Hymn                                                      

"Alleluia! Alleluia!"                                                                 

tune: #89

words: Christopher Wordsworth

1.    Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to heav'n and voices raise;                       

        sing to God a hymn of gladness, sing to God a hymn of praise.

        He who on the cross as Savior for the world's salvation bled,

        Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, now is risen from the dead.

2.    Now the iron bars are broken, Christ from death to life is born,

        glorious life, and life immortal, on this resurrection morn.

        Christ has triumphed, and we conquer by his mighty enterprise,

        we with him to live eternal by his resurrection rise.

 

*Benediction

 

*Postlude                                                                   

“Joyful, Joyful”

 (ushers will dismiss the congregation by pew beginning from the rear)

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