Gathering Music “Rejoice, Give Thanks” – Roberta Bitgood
. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.
Focusing Music “Bring Glad Easter Praises” – arr. Stan Pethel
One: God of New Life! For those who first went out into the early dawn, when the sky was gray, taking spices to the tomb – there was terror, and surprise.
All: For us, resisting the impulse to sleep in as part of a long weekend, and being over-familiar with the Easter story – there is the risk of complacency.
One: We pray to open ourselves to the astounding possibility – that life can break out at any moment!
All: We pray to challenge the thought that we have planned the future so efficiently that – there will be no surprises!
One: We pray to face the fact that the walls of this church, and the life of our institution – cannot entirely contain Jesus!
All: God of New Life! We celebrate your irrepressible power – breaking out with new life where we least expect it! AMEN – written by Ann Siddall
*Opening Song “The Day of Resurrection” – arr. John Carter(congregation sing as directed)Insert
Invitation to Give
Offering Music “God So Loved the World” – arr. Tedd Smith & Don Hustad
Children’s Church: 1st through 5th Grade, Education Building
Childcare: Infant through Kindergarten, Education Building
Prayer Song “Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing” #278
Prayers of the Community
Scripture Focus John 20: 1-18 (p.114)
Reflection “Running to the Tomb” Jerry Bowen
*Song of Sending “Beyond a Dying Sun” #323
*Sending Music “Resurrection Joy” – Gregg Sewell