April 04, 2021

Easter Sunday

This service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

If you would like to partake, please take a moment prior to watching the service to prepare a small piece of bread or cracker as well as a cup of wine or juice. 


Living God, long ago, faithful men and women proclaimed the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, and the world was changed forever. Teach us to keep faith with them, that our witness may be as bold, our love as deep, and our faith as true. Amen.

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HANDBELL CALL TO WORSHIP                                

“Christ The Lord Is Risen Today”

Joyful Ringers          arr. Kevin McChesney



     Pastor:  Have you seen the Lord?        

     People: Christ is risen!

     Pastor:  Have you seen the Lord?        

     People: He is risen from the grave!

     Pastor:  Have you seen the Lord?

     People: We rise with Christ.

     Pastor:  Have you seen the Lord?

     People: We have seen the Lord!

     Pastor:  Have you seen the Lord? 

     People: Christ is risen!

     Pastor:  Out of the darkness of grief and despair comes a message of hope. Christ is risen!  

     People: Christ is risen, indeed.

     Pastor:  We run to the tomb to see ourselves. And it is true. Christ is risen. 

     People: Christ is risen, indeed.

     Pastor:  We hear a voice call our name,

          and we know our risen Lord is with us now and always. 

     People: Christ is risen, indeed. Thanks be to God!

Abington Press.


“Christ The Lord Is Risen Today”

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

Mortal tongues and angels say: Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, glad heavens, and earth reply: Alleluia!


Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!

Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids Christ rise, Alleluia!

God has opened paradise, Alleluia!


Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!

Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!

Made like Christ, like Christ we rise, Alleluia!

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!


Charles Wesley, 1739 / Arr. From Lyra Davidica, 1708





God, we confess to you that while we know well the story of your victory over the grave, it is not a story we always live. Fear suffocates us. Sorrow walls us off like a grave, isolating us with anger, frustration, and grief. On this Easter morning, we pray that you will fill us with “fear and great joy” so that, like those who came to the tomb expecting death, we may instead find the radiant new life that is ever before us in your Resurrection! Amen.

Rev. Elizabeth Dilley.




     Pastor: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)


     Pastor: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

World without end! Amen. Amen.


Acts 10: 34-43

Gentiles Hear The Good News

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”



John 20: 1-18

The Resurrection Of Jesus

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.





“Joy Dawned Again On Easter Day”

Joy dawned again on Easter Day, 

The sun shone out with fair array,

When to their longing eyes restored, 

The apostles saw their risen Lord.

O Jesus, King of gentleness, 

Do thou thyself our hearts possess

That we may give thee all our days,

The willing tribute of our praise.


O Lord of all, with us abide

In this our joyful Eastertide;

From every weapon death can wield

Thine own redeemed forever shield.



Latin 5th Century,  John Mason Neile, 1851 / German 15th Century, George Woodward , 1910




HANDBELL ANTHEM                                               

“The Strife Is O’er”

Joyful Ringers          arr. Kevin McChesney






     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Prayer Of Dedication





Pastor: Luke the evangelist wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

People: In company with all believers, in every time and beyond time, we come to this table to know Christ in the breaking of the bread.



Pastor: God be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to God.

Pastor: Let us give thanks to God most High.

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Pastor: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. You formed us in your image  breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast. You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God, brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey, and set before us the way of life. And so, with your people on earth and with all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

                                                                        from the website “UMCDisciples”


Response: “Holy Holy Holy”


Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full, are full

Of the majesty of Thy glory.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord,

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!



Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.  In him we see the fullness of your gloryrevealed in human form.  Born into poverty, he fulfilled his mother's song, that you would fill the hungry with good things, and send the rich empty away.  Declaring the nearness of your kingdom, he forgave sinners, cast out demons, raised the dead, restored the blind and lame,visited the sick, the prisoners and the needy, and gathered disciples to continue to declarethe good news in word and deed, transfiguring the world in the power of your Holy Spirit.

By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection you gave birth to your church,delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: "Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me."

When he supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:  "Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us, as we pray:


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. 



Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and cup.  Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed and forgiven.  By your Spirit, make us one with Christ, one with each other,and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

                                                               from the website “UMCDisciples”



The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ.

The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.



These are the gifts of God for the people of God.  All things are ready.



Take and eat, this is the body of Christ broken for you.

(You may partake of the bread at this time and pause for a moment of prayer and reflection)

Take and drink, this is the blood of Christ shed for you.

(You may partake of the wine at this time and pause for a moment of prayer and reflection)



We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the presence of your son Jesus Christ.  Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and in peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen!



“The Day Of Resurrection”

The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;

The Passover of gladness, the Passover of God.

From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,

And Christ has brought us over with hymns of victory.


Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright

The Christ, who reigns eternal in resurrection light;

We listen for the teachings once heard so calm and plain, 

For we, too, want to follow and raise the victor strain.


Now let the heavens be joyful, let earth its song begin,

The whole world keep high triumph, and all that is therein. 

Let all things, seen and unseen, their notes of gladness blend,

For Christ again has risen, our joy that has no end!



John of Damascus, 8th Century, John Mason Neale, 1862 / Henry T. Smart, 1836



Pastor:  Go forth as God’s chosen witnesses, to proclaim all you have heard and seen and experienced.  

People:  We go forth in the name of the Risen Christ.    

Pastor:  Go forth sustained by God’s steadfast love.    

People: We go forth transformed and transforming.    

Pastor:  Go forth with shouts of joy.    

People: Christ is risen, indeed!

Pastor:  And may the blessing of Almighty God, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and may it remain with you forever.


Response: “Amen, Amen, Amen”



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Our thanks and appreciation to today’s worship participants.

Thank you to all who participated in the "40 Days of Lent" food collection. All items will be sent to the Food Pantry.

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