April 21, 2019 ~ 10:30am


The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Jill Pospisil, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson, Lead Pastor
Rev. Sara Olson Dean, Guest Preacher

Prelude   “La Majesté” by Telemann

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells

God Is With Us As We Gather

Choral Call to Worship     “Alleluia”

*Responsive Call to Worship

Where shattered hearts are made whole,
where wounded souls are healed,
where life is stronger than death:
There, the stone has been rolled away.
Where the lonely become our friends,
where a stranger is welcomed home,
where hope is stronger than despair:
There, we find Jesus walking.
Where closed doors are opened,
where the anxious find peace,
where love is stronger than hate:
There, Jesus is opening our eyes.
The stone has been rolled away!
Jesus is our companion on the journey.
Our hearts and minds are opened.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! Alleluia! Christ is with us!

*Opening Hymn  “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” (#233 in hymnal)

Unison Prayer of Confession

Loving God, we confess that we often live as if buried by fear, by indifference, by bad habits. We are not sure that life will triumph over the ways of death. Forgive us, Lord, for our hesitance to live the resurrection life. Forgive us for the fear that holds us back from answering your call. Forgive us for our failure to live in a way that shares the good news of new life. Draw us close. Open our hearts to the love and faithfulness made known on the cross. Open our minds to the strength and glory made known in that empty tomb. Open our lives to the work of your Spirit, and teach us to embrace the good news. Amen.

Assurance of God’s Love

Story for All Ages             Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister

Kids’ Choir       “Here Comes Jesus”

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in the Gospel:   John 20:1–18

Anthem    “Alleluia” by Ralph Manuel

Sermon    “Resurrection Questions”

Hymn       “Christ is Alive”   (insert)

We Respond to God’s Presence

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Nathan Holst, The Lord’s Prayer (adapted by Margret Gottlieb, prayer #4 in Praise & Worship Songbook), and Choral Amen

Sharing Our Offerings

The Offertory     “Menuet and Badinerie” by J. S. Bach

*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

God of life, in raising Jesus from the dead, you triumphed over the power of the grave and opened the way to your kingdom of life. You have called us to bear witness to your good news. Let the gifts we dedicate, and the lives we lead, proclaim the glory of the risen Christ, in whose name we pray. Alleluia! Amen.

*Closing Hymn     “Alleluia! Jesus is Risen”  (insert)


*Postlude   “La Vaillance” by Telemann

Today’s orchestra: Mary Parks, Melanie Sever, Tom Pfotenhauer, Frost Bowen-Bailey,
Sam Marks, Dale Shimmin, Lencie Westrick, Sydney Olson, Eli Bissonett, Daniel Pospisil, Crystal Kaczmarczyk, Jennifer Ameel, Mark Kaczmarczyk, Mary Boyle, Wendy Durrwachter