Celebration of Worship
April 4, 2010 CELEBRATION OF EASTER 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
* If you are able, please stand. For hymns, please stand when the choir stands.
+ + + Arriving worshipers may be seated.
WELCOME AND INVITATIONS
VOLUNTARY FOR BRASS, PERCUSSION, AND ORGAN
Fanfare in F David Johnson
CHORAL INTROIT I Know That My Redeemer Lives American Folk Tune
The Combined Choirs
I know that my Redeemer lives. Glory, hallelujah! What comfort this sweet sentence
gives. Glory, hallelujah! Shout on, pray on, we’re gaining ground. Glory hallelujah! The
dead’s alive and the lost is found. Glory hallelujah! He lives, He lives, who once was
dead. He lives, my everlasting Head. Shout on, pray on, we’re gaining ground. The
dead’s alive and the lost is found. He lives to bless me with His love. He lives to plead
for me above. Shout on, pray on, we’re gaining ground. The dead’s alive and the lost is
found. He lives, all glory to His name! He lives, my Jesus, still the same. Shout on, pray
on, we’re gaining ground. The dead’s alive and the lost is found. Glory, hallelujah!
CALL TO WORSHIP The Reverend Susan Dee Reisinger
Quiet and persistent God,
You work miracles in the silent hush before dawn.
Strong and surprising God,
You roll away every stumbling stone and bring life to all our dead ends.
Whirling and dancing God,
You delight in empty tombs and surprising visits.
You give us joy and cause an Alleluia to flow from head to toe.
Forever rising in us, we sing our joy.
*HYMN 123 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today Easter Hymn
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!
ANTHEM At the Name of Jesus Michael Burkhardt
The Combined Choirs
At the name of Jesus ev’ry knee shall bow, ev’ry tongue confess him King of glory now.
‘Tis the Father’s pleasure we should call him Lord, who from the beginning was the mighty
Word. At his voice creation sprang at once to sight, all the angel faces, all the hosts of light,
thrones and dominations, stars upon their way, all the heav’nly orders in their great array.
Humbled for a season, to receive a name from the lips of sinners unto whom he came,
faithfully he bore it spotless to the last; brought it back victorious when from death he
passed. Bore it up triumphant with its human light, through all ranks of creatures to the
endless height, to the throne of Godhead, to the Father’s breast; filled it with the glory of
that perfect rest. Glory then to Jesus, who, the Prince of light, to a world in darkness
brought the gift of sight; praise to God the Father; in the Spirit’s love praise we all together
God who reigns above.
EASTER PRAYER The Reverend Cynthia J. Alloway
Overwhelm us, O God. Lift us from the ordinary, and overwhelm us
with the wonder of this holy day. Let our pulse quicken and our spirits
soar. Overwhelm us with a hope that springs out of darkness, with light
that sparkles through all the brokenness, with peace that lasts beyond
an instant and washes away worry, with a glimpse of world harmony
and our role in its shaping. Overwhelm us, O God, and lift us to the
heights of praise.
*EASTER ACCLAMATION (from Hymn 120, “Hail Thee, Festival Day!”)
Hail thee, festival day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
Day when our Lord was raise,
Breaking the kingdom of death.
EASTER LITANY The Reverend Cynthia J. Alloway, 9:15
The Reverend Dr. David C. Lawrence, 11:00
Deep within ourselves we yearn to live fully each day.
Deep within ourselves we hope death leads us into eternal life.
Thank God for Jesus of Nazareth who faithfully followed his inner voice all
the way through death into resurrection.
We appreciate God’s presence then and now.
In life and in death, we are God’s people; body and soul, we care about the
earth and our neighbors.
We are carried through dark places into bright ones, and we learn to practice
Christ is alive in our minds and in our senses!
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING Isaiah 65: 17 – 25 (Old Testament, pg. 654)
ANTHEM Easter Fanfare David Ashley White
The Chancel Choir
Alleluia, Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! The day of resurrection! Earth, tell
it out abroad; the Passover of gladness, the Passover of God. From death to life eternal,
from sin’s dominion free, our Christ has brought us over with hymns of victory! Alleluia!
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING: John 21: 1 – 18 (New Testament, pg. 109)
SERMON “Alive with Life” Rev. Reisinger
*HYMN 106 Alleluia, Alleluia Alleluia No.1
Give thanks to the risen Lord
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to His name
Jesus is Lord of all the earth
He is the King of creation
Spread the good news o'er all the earth
Jesus has died and has risen
We have been cruciﬁed with Christ
Now we shall live forever
Come let us praise the living God
Joyfully sing to our Saviour.
OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS TO GOD
OFFERTORY ANTHEM O Clap Your Hands Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Chancel Choir
O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the Lord
most high is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth. God is gone up with a shout, the
Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises unto our King. For
God is the King of all the earth; sing ye praises, every one that hath understanding. God
reigneth over the heathen, God sitteth upon the throne of His holiness. Sing praises unto
our King. Sing praises.
*RESPONSE TO THE OFFERING (from “Christ the Lord is Risen Today!”)
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven! Alleluia
Praise to You by both be given; Alleluia!
Every knee to You shall bow, Alleluia!
Risen Christ, triumphant now. Alleluia!
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
PRAYERS FOR EASTER
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the
kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
*HYMN 119 The Strife Is O’er Victory
The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!
Lord, by your wounds on Calvary,
From death’s dread sting Your servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!
*BENEDICTION ANTHEM Festival Canticle: Worthy Is Christ Richard Hillert
(The congregation is invited to join the choirs in the refrain
which can be found in your hymnal #594.)
BRASS, PERCUSSION, AND ORGAN VOLUNTARY
Trumpet Tune in D David Johnson