April 1, 2018


PRELUDE     Concerto in Bb - 1st movement    Handel     




* GLORIA PATRI (pew card) 


* CALL TO WORSHIP        Dorien Day                                        

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed!

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples,

I will sing praises to you among the nations.

For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;

your faithfulness extends to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.

Let your glory be over all the earth!


* HYMN No. 234     Christ the Lord is Risen Today



Lord, bring new life where we are worn and tired;

new love where we have turned hard-hearted;

forgiveness where we feel hurt and where we have wounded, and the joy and freedom of your Holy Spirit where we are prisoners of ourselves.

(Prayers of Silent Confession)

Kyrie (sung): Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 

    Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. 

    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.



God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, made us alive together with Christ.

By grace we have been saved!

For we are created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit!




ANTHEM:      Christ the Lord is Risen Today    Nancy Hill Cobb    

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ the Lord is risen today,

All creation join to say: alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high;

Sing, O heavens, and earth reply: alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done,

Fought the fight, the battle won,

Death in vain forbids him rise,

Christ has opened paradise, alleluia!

Where, O death is now your sting?

Jesus died our souls to save.

Where, O death, is now your sting?

Where your victory o grave?

Where, O death, is now your sting?

Lives again our glorious King, alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!

Praise to you by both be given: alleluia!

Every knee to you shall bow,

Risen Christ, triumphant now, alleluia!

Death in vain, forbids Him rise.

Christ is risen. Alleluia!


Prayer of Illumination

Holy God, creator of all, the risen Christ taught from Scripture of his death, resurrection, and ascension into your glorious presence. May the living Lord breathe on us his peace, that our eyes may be opened to recognize him in the reading of Scripture and in the breaking of bread, that we might be filled with the faith and courage to follow wherever he leads. Amen.



Mark 16:1-8        p. 829    

Acts 10:34-43            p. 895

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


SERMON                  One You Can Trust    Rev. Blaine Crawford



    Apostles’ Creed (pew card) 



     Offertory:            Festive Praise    Allen Pote    

Sing to the Lord a song of praise,

a wonderful, marvelous song.

Sing to the Lord with joy in your heart,

a wonderful, marvelous song.

Alleluia, amen.

Come, come rejoice,

as you sing you will lift up your voices

in praise and thanksgiving to God.

Sing all of the heavens,

sing of the glory of God.

Sing all of the earth rejoice!

Sing of the glory,

the marvelous glory of God.

Sing a new song

with the lute and the harp.

Make melody

with the sound of the lyre.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to sing praises.

Rejoice and be glad

for the Lord is our God.

    * The Doxology (pew card)      

    * Prayer of Dedication



    *Communion Hymn:          Take and Eat    Michael Joncas

Refrain: (all)

Take and eat; take and eat: 

this is my body given up for you.

Take and drink; take and drink: 

this is my blood given up for you.

Verses: (choir)

I am the Word that spoke and light was made;

I am the seed that died to be reborn;

I am the bread that comes from heav'n above;

I am the vine that fills your cup with joy.

I am the way that leads the exile home;

I am the truth that sets the captive free;

I am the life that raises up the dead;

I am your peace, true peace my gift to you.

I am the Lamb that takes away your sin;

I am the gate that guards you night and day;

You are my flock: you know the shepherd's voice;

You are my own: your ransom is my blood.


Communion Prayer

Sanctus (pew card)

Mystery of the Faith: 

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 

Words of Institution



Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:    Sevenfold Amen                                


* HYMN No. 250     Jesus Christ is Risen Today



* Response:      Hallelujah Chorus    G.F. Handel

Hallelujah! For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth!

Hallelujah! The kingdom of this world is become

The kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ!

And he shall reign for ever and ever!

King of kings and Lord of lords!

King of kings and Lord of lords!

And He shall reign forever and ever!

Forever and ever!  Hallelujah!


POSTLUDE:      Fugue in G Minor "The Great" BWV 542    J.S.Bach


After the service, children nine and younger are invited to the church yard for an Easter egg hunt!




We offer our thanks to our musical guests today:

Barry Bryson (Trumpet)    Caitlin Burke (Alto)    

Laurence Etkin (Trumpet)    Jen Hinkle (Bass Trombone)    

Emily John (Harp)            Marco Magliolio (French Horn)

Emily Naydeck (Soprano)    Chris-Ian Sanchez (Tenor)


Adult Sunday School Opportunity   

Meets April 8, 15, and 29, 9:45 a.m., Library

Adults are invited to join a Sunday morning class, led by seminary intern Carlos Rivera, entitled, "Ripped from the Headlines: Integrating your Faith with Current Events!" This last section will explore a variety of ways the church can respond to mass shootings beyond political reform. 


New Bible Study Begins April 10

The topic will be the letter of 1 John. The Bible study meets every Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., in the Folensbee Lounge.


Free Yoga, Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Gessner Hall

Open to all ability levels. Mats are available for use.