Fellowship Time

After the service, we will have Fellowship Time in a Zoom video conference.  Details for joining will be shared via email and at the end of the live stream.


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We recognize that in this time, people’s financial situations may have changed. We ask you to prayerfully consider what you can give.  If you use electronic giving, we thank you for your constancy of support.  If you would like to give through our online form, we would be grateful. For all the contributions from our members and friendswhether financial, time, or prayerwe ask God’s blessings on those gifts that Peace Church may be healing balm in this time when we are living in our own Gilead.

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April 12, 2020 ~ 10:30am

Easter Sunday

The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson, Lead Pastor

Prelude           Mozart Horn Concerto # 2 — Frost Bowen Bailey


Ringing of the Peace Bells

God Is With Us As We Gather

Choral Call to Worship     “I’m Free”   sung by Madeline Carpenter

*Responsive Call to Worship
Where shattered hearts are made whole,
where the ill are tended by doctors, nurses and others,
where life is stronger than death:
There, the stone has been rolled away.
Where the lonely receive a phone call,
where a neighbor helps a neighbor with groceries,
where hope is stronger than despair:
There, the stone has been rolled away.
Where windows are decorated to spread joy not germs,
where the anxious find peace in a zoom meeting with friends,
where love is stronger than hate:
There, the stone has been rolled away!
Jesus asks us to be companions to one another on this sacred and sometimes scary journey through life.
May our hearts be open to Christ’s loving presence in this time.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! Alleluia! Christ is with us!

Opening Hymn  “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once, he all doth save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

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!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

Unison Prayer of Confession   adapted from Stephen Fearing
Risen Lord, we have seen the empty tomb, and yet we sometimes act as if we have seen nothing. Why must we continue in fear? Why must we be afraid of death even after its defeat?
Yes, this is a glorious day, forgive us when we are so quick to forget its Good News. Help us be a people of resurrection hope not just on this day but all days. This we pray in the name of your Risen Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Assurance of God’s Love

Story for All Ages   Sharon Dawson, Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Song   “Halleluja”       (#236)

God is Revealed in the Word

Easter Poem                –Dr. Gary Boelhower

Special Music   “In the Garden”   sung by Mark Hakes

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

Sermon    “While it was Still Dark . . .”


While it was still dark…

John 20: 1-18

Hymn       “Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day”   (#241)

Joy dawned again on Easter Day,
the sun shone out with bright array;
For when the Apostles hid in fear,
the Risen Christ to them appeared.

O Jesus, Savior, Gentle One,
come take our hearts to be your own,
That we may give you all our days
the willing tribute of our praise.

O Sovereign One, with us abide
in this our joyful Easter-tide;
From every weapon death can wield,
your own redeemed forever shield.

We Respond to God’s Presence

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Tom Liddle, The Lord’s Prayer, Lord’s Prayer Sung by Mark Hakes

Sharing Our Offerings

Give offering online
Please consider giving to the Gabriel Fund to support critical needs in our broader community 

The Offertory     “In Christ Alone”   –Lauren Daigle Sung by Madeline Carpenter

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 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     “Thine is the Glory”

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 thee, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets thee, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is nought 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.
Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.


Postlude   Sonata for Horn by Beethoven