March 27, 2016 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Gary Boelhower, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Wendy Durrwachter, Accompanist
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude Kirby Wood, trumpet; Frost Bowen-Bailey, horn; Dale Shimmin, trombone; Alison Wood, oboe; Connor Friday, cello
“The Call” by Regina Spekter sung by Brita Larsen and Isabelle Schomberg
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God Is With Us As We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Alleluia”
*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
Holy God, on this morning of hallelujahs, we must also confess who we are. We have failed at times to do good when we had the chance. Open our hardened hearts to you and one another. Forgive us for the damage we have done, and fill us with the joy of your Spirit. May we work for justice in this world you so love. Amen.
Assurance of God’s Love
Children’s Time Nathan Holst, Youth & Children’s Minister
Song “Halleluja” (#236)
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Isaiah 65:17–25
Anthem “Hallelujah, Amen” by G.F. Handel
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 20:1–20
Poem “Listen” Dr. Gary Boelhower
Solo “In the Garden” sung by Rachel Peterson
Sermon “Resurrection Joy”
Hymn “Yours Is the Glory” (#253)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, The Lord’s Prayer (using debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
The Offertory “The Swan” by Camille Saint Saens played by Connor Friday
*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.
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
When our hopes are buried, O God, your miracle occurs. Help us to keep our doors and hearts open. Accomplish greater things than we could imagine with the offerings we present. Make us partners with Christ wherever the call to service may lead. Amen.
*Closing Hymn “Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven” (#243)