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April 17, 2022 Easter Sunday Service (10 a.m.)


Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children

Easter Sunday

April 17, 2022

Each year we celebrate Easter between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.

This service will be in the sanctuary and on Zoom at 10:00 a.m.

Join us for Zoom Coffee Hour beginning shortly after the service ends.

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10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service followed by Zoom Coffee Hour

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Silent Prayer

Alleluia! We praise you, O God, for the power of your saving love. As you have raised Jesus from the dead give to us the gift of everlasting life, that we may worship you forever. Amen

* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit


Prelude O Sons and Daughters, Let us Sing Trad. French Melody/ L. Smith Welcome

*Introit Spirit of the Living God R. #281

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me, Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

*Call to Worship One: This is the day that God has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

All: We gather today to shout Alleluia! Christ is risen; he is risen indeed.

One: Out of the doom of death and despair, victory comes, glory appears.

All: We gather today to shout Alleluia! Christ is risen; he is risen indeed.

One: We shall live, witness, and recount the deeds Of the God whose love endures forever. All: We gather today to shout Alleluia! Christ is risen; he is risen indeed.

*Passing of the Peace (ASL) - Lighting of the Peace Candle & Prayer for Peace

*Hymn This Is the Day B. #84 This is the day, this is the day that our God has made, that our God has made; we will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it. This is the day that our God has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it; This is the day, this is the day that our God has made.

This is the day, this is the day Jesus rose again; Jesus rose again; we will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it. This is the day Jesus rose again, we will rejoice and be glad in it;

This is the day, this is the day Jesus rose again.

This is the day, this is the day when the Spirit came, when the Spirit came; we will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it. This is the day when the Spirit came, we will rejoice and be glad in it; This is the day, this is the day, when the Spirit came.

*Invocation (spoken in unison) O, Redeeming God, like Mary of Magdala weeping at the tomb, we, too, have witnessed the wonders of your work with our own teary eyes. In this hour, O God, elevate us in Christ and with the power of the Holy Spirit, so that other may be awakened through our preaching and proclaiming the good news: news of healing, peace, justice, and community for all people. Amen

Children’s Message

New Testament Reading (Christian Scriptures) Luke 24:1-12

Special Music – Choir Now the Green Blade Rises French Noel/ words, John Crum

Message Rev. TJ Mack

*Hymn The Day of Resurrection B. #245

The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;

the Passover of gladness, the Passover of God. From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky, our Christ has brought us over with hymns of victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright the Christ who reigns eternal in resurrection light; We listening for the teachings once heard so calm and plain, for we, too, want to follow and raise the victor strain.

Now let the heavens be joyful, let earth its song begin, the whole world keep high triumph, and all that is therein; Let all things seen and unseen their notes in gladness blend, for Christ again has risen, our joy that has no end.

Prayer of Reflection and Growth

One: God, you call us to step out of the tombs that aim to consume us and more intentionally into the fullness of life that abounds in your presence. In stillness and in silence, let us acknowledge the ways we have been separated from the richness of who you have called us to be. Moment of silence

All: We admit that we have not always remembered the creative power of resurrection. In a world where dreams and joy have been entombed, and chaos is celebrated and normalized, we have not always considered the divine ingenuity at work that calls us toward the ways of peace, love, and hope. Although we may have strayed from the places where we meet you, we trust that not even death can separate us from you and the creative ways you show your love for us.

Words of Assurance

One: We know that you can bring us back to life, O God— That you will meet us in the shadows and remind us that there are no limits to this life. With the fresh breath of the Holy Spirit, we are revived. Amen.

Prayers of the People – Sharing Joys & Concerns Community Prayers/Responsive

Prayer/Pastoral Prayer

Lead Me Lord

Lead me Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face.

For it is thou Lord, thou Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

Offering Welcoming our Tithes and Offerings – On this Easter morning, let us share our generosity with each other and the community.

Offertory I know That My Redeemer Liveth G.F. Handel/ Arr. Rawsthorne

*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. Amen

*Prayer of Dedication (spoken in unison) Let this offering, and the works of our hands and feet, be the resurrection we need to see in the world. Amen

*Hymn Christ the Lord is Risen Today B. #233

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

Mortal tongues and angels say: Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, glad heavens, and earth reply: Alleluia!

Let the Victor’s people sing, Alleluia!

Where, O death, is now your sting? Alleluia!

Dying once, Christ lives to save, Alleluia!

Where your victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!

Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids Christ rise, Alleluia!

God has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!

Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!

Made like Christ, like Christ we rise, Alleluia!

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!


*Sung Benediction Go With Us, Lord R #336

Go with us, Lord, and guide the way through this and every coming day,

That in your Spirit strong and true our lives may be our gift to you.

Postlude Trumpet Tune in D David Johnson

(Please remain seated for the Postlude)

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Many thanks to those who helped make this service possible –

in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Deb Riley – Music Minister

Mary Angela Davis, Nick Davis, Jeanne Edwards, Peggy Emigh, Pat Summerer – Choir

Nick Davis, Doug Kimmel, David Wildes – Deacons

Jennifer Ashmore – Liturgist

Cynthia Wood – Graphics Minister

Ron Schwizer – Audio-Video Support

Vicky Espling – Office Secretary

TJ Mack – Settled Minister

You – The Body of Christ

Easter Flower Donations

Myrna Coffin In honor of Steve Coffin

Everett & Vicky Espling In loving memory of loved ones

Gertrude Haskins In loving memory of Edie, Harry and Andrew Lounder, nieces

Betty Sprague, Lisa and Shelia Lounder and nephew Nick Lounder

Barbara Reeve In loving memory of Bill Reeve (1931-2021)

Dennis & Debbie Riley In loving memory of our parents

Jeffrey F. Springer In loving memory of Luther & Charleen Springer

David Wildes & Cynthia Wood In loving memory of loved ones


Worship Ways (

"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-738532. All rights reserved.”

Spirit of the Living God

Words and Music - ©1963 Jubilate Music

Contributors: Daniel Iverson and Michale Baughen, Daniel Iverson

The Day of Resurrection

Words and Music - ©2021 Stephen DeCesare / Exultet Music

Contributors: John of Damascus, Traditional, Stephen DeCesare

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Words and Music - ©2003 Triune Music

Contributors: Charles Wesley and B.S.M., Becki Slagle Mayo

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