April 16, 2017 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Penny Cragun, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Wendy Durrwachter, Accompanist
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God Is With Us As We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Alleluia” by Buxtehude
*Responsive Call to Worship
This is the day the Lord has made!
We will be glad and rejoice in it.
This is the day God has made, and what a day!
When God wipes away our tears
so we can see the empty tomb.
What a day! Easter day!
When God opens our hearts to new life and joy.
*Opening Hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” (#233)
Unison Prayer of Confession from UCC Worship Ways
God, we confess to you that while we know well the story of your victory over the grave, it is not a story we always live.
We are dragged down by all manner of death. Fear may suffocate us: the loss of dreams and hopes for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our nation. Sorrow may wall us off like a grave, isolating us with anger, frustration, and grief.
Yet the smooth stones of our faith are inscribed, not with the marks of death, but with the word, “Alleluia!”
On this Easter morning, we pray that you will fill us with “fear and great joy” so that, like those women who came to the tomb expecting death, we may instead find the radiant new life that is ever before us in your Resurrection! Amen
Assurance of God’s Love
Story for All Ages “On that Easter Morning” by Mary Joslin
told by Elle & Jade Westrum and Claire Barlass
Song “Halleluja” (#236)
God is Revealed in the Word
Poem “Simple as Seed” by Dr. Gary Boelhower (see insert)
Anthem “Gloria” from Lord Nelson Mass by Franz Haydn
Soloists: Mary Pat Renaud, Gudrun Witrak, Tim Carpenter, Kirby Wood
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 20:1–20
Solo “In the Garden” sung by Rachel Peterson
Hymn “Alleluia, Hearts to Heaven” (#243)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Nathan Holst, The Lord’s Prayer (using debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving (The Doxology)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ and Spirit, One.
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Thine is the Glory” (see insert)