Easter Sunday Service, April 21, 2019


PRELUDE                                                                          Sean Cotty

Improvisation on "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today"                                              



* GLORIA PATRI (pew card)


* CALL TO WORSHIP                                      Dorien Day                                  

This is the good news—

the grave is empty;

Christ is risen.


This is the good news—

the light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness can never put it out.


This is the good news—

once we were no people;

now we are God’s people.


Christ is our peace,

the indestructible peace

we now share with each other.


* HYMN No. 234                               Christ the Lord Is Risen Today


Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave,

you shattered the power of sin and death.

We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear,

bound by the ways that lead to death.

We overlook the poor and the hungry

and pass by those who mourn;

we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed

and indifferent to calls for peace;

we despise the weak

and abuse the earth you made.

Forgive us, God of mercy.

(Prayers of Silent Confession)

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



(After the Junior Sermon, all children are invited to stay in the sanctuary to worship today! There is no Children and Worship this morning.)

ANTHEM:                                                                     Donald Fishel

Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord

Alleluia, alleluia, shout for joy loud and long;

alleluia, alleluia, sing to God a glorious new song.

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.

Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord,

alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to his name!

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 the Savior.

Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord,

alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to his name!

Alleluia, alleluia, sing to God a glorious new song.

Prayer of Illumination

God of life, your Spirit raised Jesus from dead.

Your Spirit inspired the prophets and writers of Scripture.

Your Spirit draws us to Christ and stirs up faith within us.

We ask that you will send your Spirit now to give us deeper insight, encouragement, faith, and hope

through the proclamation of the Easter gospel. Amen.       


Isaiah 65:17-25                                                                p. 607

Luke 24:1-12                                                                    p. 860

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON                    The Open Tomb        Rev. Blaine Crawford

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:                                                

The Apostles’ Creed


     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 (pew card)                                          

Remembering with Love and Hope


Communion Prayer

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

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:                                                            Celtic Alleluia                                                

* HYMN No. 254                     Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven                              



Response                                                               G.F. Handel

Hallelujah Chorus (From "The Messiah") 


For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth!


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!


POSTLUDE                    Fugue in D major                         J.S. Bach

After the service, children are invited to the church lawn for an Easter egg hunt! There is no coffee hour this morning.


Music in a Sacred Space Concert

The next concert in our series will be on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. Clarinetist Pascal Archer, cellist Caleb van der Swaagh, and pianist Adam Kent will perform chamber music classics. This concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in Gessner Hall.

Harvest Festival Committee Meeting

On Sunday, April 28, during coffee hour a HARVEST FESTIVAL '19, meeting will be held. We gratefully will be accepting all suggestions, volunteers, support and interest for our biggest church fund raiser of the year. Your input is very important!       

YPF Casserole Sale - Mission Trip Fundraiser Sale

On Sunday, April 28, during coffee hour the YPF will be holding a casserole sale in Gessner Hall to benefit their mission trips -- easy dinners to enjoy right away or freeze. Thank you so much for your support!

Looking Ahead – Mark your calendars!

·      The Bargain Boutique will be closed on April 25 and will re-open on Saturday, April 27.

·      Starting May 2, Sunday School will be held in Rm 2C on Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a new name “Church School"

·      Following the worship service on May 5, a joint baby shower for Ian Rottenberg & Jennifer Hopper and for Blaine & Brittnee Crawford will take place in Gessner Hall including lunch. Men and women are invited to attend!

·      The annual congregational meeting and lunch will take place in Gessner Hall on Sunday, May 19, immediately following the worship service.

·      Tuesday night Adult Bible Study will resume at 7:30 p.m. on May 28.


Remember the following individuals in your daily prayer:

Diane Blagburn, Michael Breazzano, David Cerqueira, Jessica Costagliola, Allegra DeMelo, Jolie Dunham, Lucas Ditta, Dorothy & Abel, Joan Dwyer, Matt Field, Amy Freedman, Frocione family, Jose Gracinda, Jayne Halley, Bernice Herbert, Hotchkiss Family, Ken Hoey, Jason Knese, Jane Lynch, Jorge and Tiffany Martinez, Eva Munoz, Larry Murray, Joan Pearson, Kook Ryo, Dominick Scaglione, Ivanette and Harold Shinsato, Kane Shinsato, Kathy Shinsato, Donna Smith, Janet Stillwagon, Alison Venable, Mel Werbel, Janet Willemain and Dennis Wink