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					             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.
       Easter God,
       You give us joy and cause an Alleluia to flow from head to toe.
       Risen God,

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     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.

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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
      divine peace.
      Christ is alive in our minds and in our senses!
      Alleluia!

                             EASTER PROCLAMATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING            Isaiah 65: 17 – 25          (Old Testament, pg. 654)
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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

     Alleluia, Alleluia
     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.
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     *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!

       Refrain

       Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

       The powers of death have done their worst;
       But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
       Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!

       Refrain

       The three sad days are quickly sped;
       He rises glorious from the dead;
       All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!
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        Refrain

        Lord, by your wounds on Calvary,
        From death’s dread sting Your servants free,
        That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!

        Refrain



*BENEDICTION

*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




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