Easter Sunday - Hallelujah! Christ is risen!

                                                     Simplified Worship Service for Easter, April 12, 2020


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Call to Worship   (After Psalm 118)
    Christ is risen!
        The Lord is risen indeed!
    The Lord has become our salvation.
        Christ is risen!
All:    Hallelujah!

Opening Song                                                          “How Great Thou Art”                                                   Stuart K. Hine
                                                                                     Soloist Richard Kline

Opening Prayer
Lord, you have placed us in a world filled with death and with life. You have given us the gift of free will, so that we choose whether to see death or life. On this glorious day of resurrection help us always to choose to see life, to see hope and to see new possibilities so that we may always honor you in Jesus Christ our Lord

Paschal Candle
    The light of Christ rises in glory, overcoming the darkness of sin and death.
        Christ is our light!

Prayer before the Word                                                                                                                                    Jan Carpenter

First Lesson                                                                  Colossians 3:1–4

Psalm  with response                                                Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Gospel                                                                          Matthew 28:1-10   
                               L: The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  P: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Message                                                           “A Different Sort of Easter”                                 The Rev. Gilbert Stones


Song                                                                                “Total Praise”                                                  Richard Smallwood
                                                                        Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC


Prayers of the People                                                                                                                                            Beth Crizer

The Lord's Prayer
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
    your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who
    sin against us.
    Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.
    Amen.

Offering

Offertory                                                                     Amazing Grace                                                              John Newton
                                                                                    Tom Tatton Viola

Prayer of Dedication

Benediction and Pass the Peace of Christ to one another today
                                                          Join us on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. for fellowship.


Closing Song                                                              "Shalom to You"


Music Notes: To the best of our ability to check, all music is either Public Domain or used by permission.

  • Thanks to Craig Cipollini, Director of Marketing for the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC for permission to use "Total Praise"
  • "How Great Thou Art" recorded at Lompoc First UMC, Richard Kline Soloist, Jan Corser Organist
  • "Amazing Grace" Tom Tatton Viola

I had wanted to use the Gay Men's Chorus version of The Hallelujah Chorus, but because it is a novelty visual piece the Chorus preferred that it not be presented in audio only format. Click here to see their performance including The Silent Monks.


                                   Total Praise


Lord, I will lift mine eyes to the hills,
Knowing my health is coming from You.
Your peace you give me in times of the storm.


You are the source of my strength.
Your are the strength of my life.
I lift my hands in total praise to you.

Lord, I will lift mine eyes to the hills
Knowing my health is coming from you.
Your peace, you give me in times of the storm.

You are the source of my strength.
You are the strength of my life.
You are the source of strength.
You are the strength of my life.
You are the source of my strength.
Your are the strength of my life.

I lift my hands in total praise to you.
Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

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