4/21/19 Easter Sunday with Holy Communion

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

The Resurrection of Our Lord + Easter Sunday

The Book of Common Worship (2018)

 

INTRODUCTION

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” God has indeed raised from the dead the one who was put to death “by hanging him on a tree.” Alleluia! God allows Jesus to appear “to us who were chosen by God as witnesses” in holy baptism and invites us to eat and drink at the table of the risen Christ. Alleluia!

 

PRELUDE: Jesus Christ is Risen Today- 18th century English tune EASTER HYMN, setting by Renee Hyche McKee

 

CHORAL INTROIT: Introit for Easter- Joel Raney

This is the day of celebration; this is the day of goodness and light. Earth and sky and all creation celebrate the wonder of life! Christ is risen; sing hosanna! Lift your voices to the sky! Christ is rise! Alleluia! He is alive; he lives on high! He is alive! He is alive!

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP & LITANY OF EASTER (Luke 24:34)

The Lord is risen! Alleluia!

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

This is the good news we have received,

in which we stand, and by which we are saved:

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

That Christ died for our sins, and was buried,
and rose again on the third day.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

He appeared to Peter, and to the twelve,
and to many faithful witnesses.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

At last he came to us, that we might come to believe
and proclaim this good news to the world.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

O God, you gave your only Son

to suffer death on the cross for our redemption,
and by his glorious resurrection

you delivered us from the power of death.
Grant us so to die daily to sin,

that we may live with him
in the joy of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

HYMN # 232 Jesus Christ is Risen Today

 

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the minister begins. Children are invited forward to help.

 

Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, the fountain of living water,

the rock who gave us birth, our light and our salvation. Amen.

 

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

 

We give you thanks, O God, O Living One,

for you have created all, and you water the earth abundantly.

Oceans and aquifers praise you. Rivers and streams bless you.

Lake Michigan, Fox River, and all the lakes and rivers in our area bless you.

All life is sustained by you, our Source.

 

We praise you for Christ, the firstborn from the dead,

who frees us from sin and raises us up to new life.

Here at this font we touch the river of the water of life,

bright as crystal, flowing through the city of God.

Here, death is washed away forever.

Here, we are grafted into the tree of life,

with leaves for the healing of the world.

 

Pour out your Holy Spirit on this assembly,

into this community, and throughout all creation.

Cleanse us from our fears and drown our divisions.

Grant that all may drink of your mercy and peace,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.

 

*THE PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

 

The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace

and reconciliation.

 

OFFERING OF MUSIC: Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds

Text: Paul Zeller Strodach; 17 century German hymntune LASST UNS ERFREUEN, setting by John A. Behnke

PLEASE JOIN IN SINGING THE FIRST AND LAST VERSES

 

Now all the vault of heaven resounds in praise of love that still abounds, Christ has triumphed, hallelujah! Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear, repeat their song of glory here, Christ has triumphed, Christ has triumphed! Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

Eternal is the gift he brings; wherefore our heart with rapture sings, Christ has triumphed, he is living! Now doth he come and give us life; now doth his presence still all strife through his triumph; Jesus reigneth! Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

Oh fill us, Lord, with dauntless love; set heart and will on things above, that we conquer through thy triumph;grant grace sufficient for life’s day, that by our life we ever say, Christ has triumphed, he is living! Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

Adoring praises now we bring, and with the heavenly blessed sing, Christ has triumphed, hallelujah! Be to the Father and our Lord, to Spirit blest, most holy God, thine the glory never ending! Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

 

CHILDREN’S TIME

ALL SING # 853 We Are Marching in the Light of God

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Living God, with joy we celebrate the presence of your risen Word. Enliven our hearts by your Holy Spirit so that we may proclaim the good news

of eternal and abundant life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

FIRST READING: Acts 10:34-43

Peter’s sermon, delivered at the home of Cornelius, a Roman army officer, sums up the essential message of Christianity. Everyone who believes in Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the words of the prophets, receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

 

34Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how 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. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not 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. 42He 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. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

GOSPEL: Luke 24:1-12

Evidently expecting to find Jesus’ corpse, some of his women followers go to the tomb with embalming spices. After a perplexing encounter with the empty tomb and angelic visitors, the women become the first to proclaim the amazing news of resurrection.

 

1On the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8Then they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

 

The Gospel of Our Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ!

 

BRIEF TEACHING

 

HYMN # 254 That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: Unaltered Nicene Creed (AD 325)

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Trusting God’s promise of new life, we pray for the renewal of the church, the world, and all of creation.

 

A brief silence.

 

Alleluia! God, you are resurrection. Bring joy to your church as we spread the good news that Jesus is risen. Lead us to proclaim this message with persistence and confidence. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Alleluia! God, you are creator. Open our eyes to the first fruits of new life around us: to budding trees, nourishing rains, warm breezes, and freshly tilled soil. Inspire our gratitude and renew our commitment to stewardship of the earth. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Alleluia! God, you are reconciliation. You show no partiality among the nations, but instead call all people to the way of peace. Bring an end to conflict and division (especially in . . . ). Renew leaders and advocates for peace with a commitment to the common good. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Alleluia! God, you are strength. Awaken hope and perseverance in all who need to hear a word of life this day: those who are hungry, anxious, oppressed, despairing, or sick (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Alleluia! God, you are life. We give you thanks for all the newly baptized, who by water and your word are forever joined to Christ’s death and resurrection. Embolden all who share this baptized life and renew us in faith and in action. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Here other intercessions may be offered.

 

Alleluia! God, you are comfort. Draw near to all who grieve. Refresh us with the promise that you will destroy death and that with all the saints, we will be made alive forever in Christ. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

We commend these and all our prayers to you, O God. Come near to us with your saving help, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.

 

OFFERING (Acts 2:44–46)

In the spirit of the first believers,

we are called to share our goods in common

and contribute to the needs of the poor

with glad and generous hearts.

Let us lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.

 

During this time of the offering, you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what it means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?

 

Offerings will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smartphone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.

 

OFFERING OF MUSIC: O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing- 15th century French tune O FILII ET FILIAE, setting by P. F. Tillen

 

Children bring in elements and help set the communion table

 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Risen One, as you broke bread with the disciples on the shore, meet us now in this meal. Nourish us to follow you, using our gifts to feed the hungry and tend the weary, and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

 

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

Jesus Christ, risen from the dead,

gives everyone a place at the welcome table.

Alleluia! Let us feast!

 

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is truly right and our greatest joy

to give you thanks and praise,

eternal God, creator and ruler of the universe.

At your word the earth was made

and spun on its course among the planets.

Your hand formed us from the dust of the earth

and set us among all your creatures

to love and serve you.

When we were unfaithful to you

you kept faith with us.

When we were slaves in Egypt,

you broke the bonds of our oppression,

brought us through the sea to freedom,

and made covenant to be our God.

By a pillar of fire

you led us through the desert

to a land flowing with milk and honey,

and set before us the way of life.

You spoke of love and justice in the prophets,

and in the Word made flesh you lived among us,

manifesting your glory.

He died that we might live,

and is risen to raise us to new life.

Therefore we praise you,

joining our voices with angels and archangels

and with all the faithful of every time and place,

who forever sing to the glory of your name:

ALL SING # 559 Holy, Holy, Holy

 

You are holy, O God of majesty,

and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,

whom you sent to save us.

He came with healing in his touch,

and was wounded for our sins.

He came with mercy in his voice,

and was mocked as one despised.

He came with peace in his heart,

and met with violence and death.

By your power he broke free from the prison of the tomb,

and at his command the gates of hell were opened.

The one who was dead now lives.

The one who humbled himself is raised to rule over all creation,

the Lamb upon the throne.

The one ascended on high is with us always, as he promised.

 

Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts,

we take this bread and this wine

from the gifts you have given us,

and celebrate with joy

the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ.

Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving

as a living and holy offering of ourselves,

that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen.

ALL SING # 560 Christ Has Died; Christ is Risen

 

Gracious God,

pour out your Holy Spirit upon us

and upon these your gifts of bread and wine,

that the bread we break

and the cup we bless

may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ

that we may be one with all who share this feast,

united in ministry in every place.

As this bread is Christ’s body for us,

send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.

 

Nourished at this table, O God,

may we know Christ’s redemptive love

and live a new life in him.

Give us who are fed at his hand,

grace to share our bread with the hungry

and with the hungry of heart.

Keep us faithful in your service

until Christ comes in final victory,

and we shall feast with all your saints

in the joy of your eternal realm.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,

all glory and honor are yours, almighty God,

with the Holy Spirit in the holy church,

now and forever. Amen.

 

As our Savior Christ has taught us,

we are bold to 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.

 

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Christ has prepared the feast.

Come to the table where all are welcomed home.

 

Breaking of bread, and pouring of the cup

 

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

 

HOLY COMMUNION

All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. As a matter of hospitality, all communion bread is gluten-free and the wine is non-alcoholic. Please come to the Table by the center aisle, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, commune, and then return to your pew by the outer aisles. If you are not able to comfortably come forward for communion, a server will come to you.

 

PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION & BLESSING

Living God, you have greeted us in our brokenness and nourished us with the body of Christ, broken for us. Risen to new life with you, send us now to bear your healing love into the wounded world, in the name of our risen Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Eternal God, whose glory is revealed in the crucified and risen Lord,

bless those who go forth to share your word and sacrament with our sisters and brothers who are sick, homebound, or imprisoned. In your love and care, nourish and strengthen those to whom we bring this communion in the body and blood of your Son, that we may all feast upon your abundant love

made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The blessing of the living God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, surround and sustain you, keep you from harm, and fill you with courage. Amen.

 

HYMN # 248 Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!

 

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE: Hymn to Joy- L. van Beethoven (Symphony #9), setting by P. F. Tillen

 

NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year C), Glory to God Hymnal on-line, and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018).

 

MUSIC CONTRIBUTORS:

The Chancel Choir

Brass quintet- A. J. Magoon & Alex Brandon, trumpets

David & Matthew McIntyre, trombones

Sam Hushek, tuba

 

 

COMMEMORATIONS THIS WEEK:

APRIL

14                Peter Gonzalez (1190– 1246)

15                Hunna (d. 679)

16                Fructuosus (d. 665)

17                Kateri Tekakwitha (1656– 1680)

18                Idesbald (1100– 1167)

Marie-Anne Blondin (1809-1890)

19                Leo IX (1002– 1054)

20                George Frideric Handel (1685– 1759)

 

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