Bulletin for Easter Sunday

April 24, 2011

Easter

PRELUDE              First Movement of a Beethoven Sonata           by Rob Johns, Pianist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH               Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: This is the day: People: when healing touches the suffering; when loneliness discovers a family; when peace caresses the stressed. Leader: This is the day the Lord: People: breaks free of death’s clutches, rolls away the stone, folds the grave clothes into a neat pile. Leader: This is the day the Lord has made: People: the day of sin’s defeat, the day of resurrection, the first day of the new creation. Leader: This is the day! People: Christ is risen! Hallelujah!

*HYMN No. 123              FLOWERING OF THE CROSS               Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: It was early in the morning, when God created all the good and beauty in the universe. It was early in the morning that a baby cried in a manger. It was early in the morning on that first day, when a voice told us that death has been defeated and Jesus is alive in our midst.

Let us confess the fear, and the great joy, we bring with us, early in the mornings . . .

People: This morning, Wonderful God, in the company of your church – saints and sinners – we gather to celebrate your life, your ministry, your death and resurrection, your great love for us. Yet, we know we often leave the celebration here in the sanctuary, as we leave and go back to our homes, our jobs, our fears, our doubts, our lives. Bring us a new life, God of the living, where we are tired and stressed; transform our hardened hearts into fountains of love; forgive us the hurts and harms we have caused; fill us with the joy of your Holy Spirit in the hollows of our souls. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have mercy upon us,

Christ, have mercy upon us,

Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: God, our Creator, gives us new life; Christ, our Reconciliation, invites us to be healed; Holy Spirit, is our Teacher of the Way, the Truth, the Life; this is the Good News: the tomb is empty, death is conquered, sin has lost its power. People: We are a new people, shaped by the Risen Lord into new life forever!

Thanks be to God. Amen.

(Dr.Thom Shuman, Lectionary Liturgies, Easter-A)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ANTHEM                 Easter Carol             by the Adult Choir, Accompanied by Rob Johns

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Stuart Graham

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN  No.122                 Thine Is the Glory

(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Matthew 28:1-10 New Testament pages 33-34 in pew Bible

LIGHTING OF THE PASCHAL CANDLE by John Gibson

SERMON            HANGING ON              by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

*THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried, he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

OFFERTORY          Antiphonal Alleluia!              by the Adult Choir

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 119                          The Strife Is O’er

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*One Great Hour of Sharing Offering Today

Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee aid and resettlement, domestic and international food assistance and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities. Recognizing that the hope we have in Christ is lived out in our hope for one another, we respond with gifts that help our sisters and brothers around the world find the hope for a brighter future. Let us respond generously this morning.

**“The Easter Experience”

Beginning Sunday, May 1, through Sunday, June 5, the Strengthening Committee will sponsor a six session study titled “The Easter Experience” from 9:30 to l0:30 am each Sunday in the fellowship hall. This study is open to anyone in the church.

As we pray today we will be remembering Cornwell Presbyterian Church in Blackstock, SC and its 38 members.

Van Wyck Presbyterian Church Historical Photo Album:

Again this week Cathy and Carol will be taking orders for the albums after the worship service. Order blanks are on the table in the foyer. You may pay now or when your book is delivered in 4 to 6 weeks.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Toug Brunson, Marie Welpe, Jay Teager

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