March 27, 2016 Easter


Van Wyck Presbyterian Church

 March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday



PRELUDE                                                        Janesta Williams, Organist


CHORAL CALL TO WORSHIP                                                   Adult Choir


THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH                 Ken Cook, Liturgist


(During the 1st hymn, you are invited to come down the center isle to place flowers in the cross and return to your seat by the outer isles.)








Leader:  Early on the first day of the week

the disciples of Jesus went to the tomb

where he had been buried

only to find that the stone had been rolled away

and the tomb was empty.

Friends, we gather here today as Christ’s disciples,

on the first day of the week

to celebrate the Good News of the gospel.

All:       Jesus Christ has risen from the dead!

Leader:  He is risen!

All:       He is risen indeed!!!



*HYMN No. 232                                                 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

Flowering of the Cross



Leader: Since sin and death came through a human being, the resurrection of            the dead has also come through a human being. For as all die in  Adam, all will be made alive in Christ. Trusting in that promise of     God, let us confess our sin.





Leader: Gracious God, we have heard the good news: how on the third day,             Christ rose again.

People:  Still we look for the living among the dead.

Leader:  You rolled away the stone from the tomb.

People:  Still we look for the living among the dead.

Leader:  You sent messengers to proclaim the gospel.

People:  Still we look for the living among the dead.

Leader:  You were faithful to your promise; you have some wonderful                       things!

People:  Still we look for the living among the dead.


(Moment of Silent Confession)


Leader:  Forgive us Lord, we pray. Teach us to trust your promise and to       believe the good news of salvation:

People: Christ is alive; Jesus is risen from the dead. Amen.




Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.  Amen



Leader: Hear what the prophets have spoken: that everyone who believes in             Christ receives forgiveness of sins through his name. Friends,                        believe this good news.

People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Alleluia!



*RESPONSE TO GOD’S GRACE   (Hymn No. 468, vs. 1&3)

In my life, Lord, be glorified; be glorified.

In my life, Lord, be glorified today.

In your church, Lord, be glorified; be glorified.

In your church, Lord, be glorified today.


ANTHEM                   Alleluia!                                                      Adult Choir


MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN                         Rev. Carson Overstreet                   

A nursery is provided afterwards for children in Kindergarten and younger.




HYMN No. 250                                                 In the Bulb There Is a Flower


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


SERMON         I HAVE SEEN THE LORD!           Rev. Carson Overstreet                                                                                           



*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (Unison)                           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





            We praise you, O God, and give you thanks that you have given us such joy, such grace, and such hope, in the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Savior. Let our lives be proof of this good news. Let all our words and actions, our love and service bear witness to your resurrection power; for the sake of our living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 246                                          Christ Is Alive!




*Please stand.






Today                   9:30 am      Easter Breakfast

11:00 am     Worship Service (No Sunday School)


Tues., March 29  10:00 am     Bible Study


Wed., March 30    7:00 pm     Choir Practice


Sat.,     April     2    8:30 am     Presbyterian Women’s Spring

Gathering at Doby’s Bridge Church


Mon.   April   18   10:00 am    Presbyterian Women


Sun.,   April   24     6:30 pm    Movie Night



As we pray today we will be remembering

Oakdale Presbyterian Church in Clover, SC and their 234 members.



During the 1st hymn, you are invited to come down the center isle to place

flowers in the cross and return to your seat by the outer isles.




Again today we will be taking donations for One Great Hour of Sharing. Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through OGHS to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. All loose money collected on Easter Sunday will be contributed to OGHS. Thank you!

— The Stewardship Committee







GREETERS AND USHERS:                                     Paul and Di Kourkoubes





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