Bulletin for April 8 (Easter)

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CHORAL CALL TO WORSHIP
Christ, We Do All Adore Thee
by the Adult Choir

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: This is the day:
People: when tears are wiped away; shattered hearts are mended; fears are replaced with joy.
Leader: This is the day the Lord:
People: rolls away the stone of fear; throws off death’s clothes; goes ahead of us into God’s future.
Leader: This is the day the Lord has made:
People: death has no fear for us; sin has lost its power over us; God opens the tombs of our hearts to fill us with life.
Leader: This is the day – Easter Day! People: Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!

*HYMN No. 113 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!

Flowering of the Cross
(During the flowering of the cross, you will be directed from your pew to the chancel area; and after all of the verses of “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!” have been sung, you may be seated.)

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: Very early in the morning, God created all that is good and beautiful. Very early in the morning, a mother placed her newborn in a manger. Very early in the morning, the good news was shared with frightened friends, that Jesus was risen and alive in our midst.
Let us confess the fears and the amazement we bring this morning.
People: On this morning of hallelujahs, we must confess how human we are, Emptier-of-Tombs. We haven’t done any great evil, but we have failed to do good when we had the chance. We have not intentionally hurt anyone, nor have we offered healing to the broken. We easily accept the witness of the angel in the tomb, but find it difficult to share this good news with our friends and neighbors. Bring us new life, Dazzling God. Where we are tired and stressed, give us the energy to serve your creation; transform our hardened hearts into fountains of grace; forgive us of all the damage we have done, and fill us with the joy of your Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ, who gives us new life, we pray. 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 Redeemer, prepares a Table for us; Holy Spirit, our Joy, calls us to service. This is the good news: the tomb is empty, sin is powerless, death is defeated forever.
People: On this very first day, and every day, we walk as God’s people, forgiven and made whole. Thanks be to God. Amen
(Lectionary Liturgies, Easter B)

*GLORIA PATRI No 579

ANTHEM
Alleluia
by the Adult Choir

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 118 The Day of Resurrection!
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE John 20:1-18
New Testament Pages 114-115 in pew Bible

SERMON
HOW CAN THE DEAD BE ALIVE?
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
Jesus was dead and buried,
but God raised him from the dead.
The risen Lord appeared to his followers.
They recognized him as their Master who had been crucified. Before Jesus left them, he commissioned them to proclaim to all people the good news of his victory over death, and promised to be with them always.
We are certain that Jesus lives. He lives as God with us, touching all of human life with the presence of God. He lives as one of us with God. Because he shares our humanity and has bound us to himself in love, we have an advocate in the innermost life of God. We declare that Jesus is Lord. His resurrection is a decisive victory over the powers that deform and destroy human life. His lordship is hidden. The world appears to be dominated by people and systems that do not acknowledge his rule. But his lordship is real. It demands our loyalty and sets us free from the fear of all lesser lords who threaten us. We maintain that ultimate sovereignty now belongs to Jesus Christ in every sphere of life. Jesus is Lord! He has been Lord from the beginning. He will be Lord at the end. Even now he is Lord.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 122 Thine Is the Glory

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING:
Approximately one-third of the monies from the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering support the Self Development of People (SDOP) program. The PCUSA website describes the program this way: “Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God’s concern for humankind. We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling. We participate in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people, seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice.” This year, Providence Presbytery awarded SDOP funds to the Chester Ministerial Association’s Grow-A-Row Garden Project in Chester, SC. Rev. Trey Hegar and the Purity Presbyterian Church have been leaders in forming this ecumenical community partnership. Please give generously to this year’s One Great Hour of Sharing so that more community projects can be funded in Providence Presbytery and around the world.

As we pray today we will be remembering Blackstock Presbyterian Church in Blackstock, SC and its 3 members.

A MESSAGE FROM WHITE OAK A.M.E. ZION CHURCH
Dear Pastor and Congregation,
The Mobile Food Truck will give out food at White Oak A.M.E. Zion Church on Friday, April 13, between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 noon. The Clothing Ministry will also give out clothes.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Sincerely,
Rev. Dennis L. McCleave, Pastor
Ms. Judy Moore, Food and Clothing Ministry President
NOTE: Please pass this information to any needy persons. An ID and Proof of Need are required.

RECENT MEMORIALS AND HONORARIUMS:
Building Fund in memory of Eddie Brunson, given by Nancy T. Quick

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