06 Apr Worship Bulletin: 4/9/23
Welcome to Worship at the McPherson Church of the Brethren
We invite your active participation in the life of this congregation, as together we continue to grow in grace and seek justice for God’s creation.
Sunday, April 9, 2023 @ 10:15 a.m. | Easter Sunday
Gathering Hymns | “Thine is the Glory” | #269 | Verse 1
“Christ is Alive!” | # 278 | All Verses
Sharing Time: Joys & Concerns | LeRoy Weddle
Celebration Music | “Canticle for Easter Day” | arr. Patti Drennan
Worship Choir with Brass and Jean Hendricks, piano
“Christ is risen, we are risen! Shed upon us heavenly grace, reign and dew in gleams of glory from the highest
of thy face; that with hearts in heaven dwelling we on earth may fruitful be and by angel hands be gathered and
be ever Lord with thee.”
(Sing when invited – to the tune of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”)
Celebration Responsive Words | Roddy Hamilton
When the day is quiet – and the world still sleeps
When the morning is crisp – and love breathes again
We praise you, O God of resurrection
When the time is now- and the moment is upon us
When the place is here – and the grave clothes are folded
We praise you, O God of renewal
When the day is new – and the sun is fresh
When the light is clean – and the stone has rolled away
We praise you, O God of empty tombs
Now we see the world differently
What we thought was the way of things yesterday – is no longer the way of things today
Death was yesterday – and new life is today
Tombs were sealed – and now they are open
Love was dead – and now love is alive
Death has been given a make-over – endings have a new perspective
Things work differently now
When the shouting has stopped – and the suffering ended
When the betrayal is defeated – and the darkness stolen
We praise you, O God of New Life
Celebration Song | “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” | #280
Story for the Children | Barbara Wagoner
Introduction of Baptismal Candidates & Affirmations: Reyna Bowen, Nathan Friesen, Laila Samland
Introduction of New Members & Affirmations: Tricia Hartshorn
New Member Song | “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”
Musical Offering | “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” | G F Handel/Smith
Ellen Gilbert, piano
I know that my Redeemer Liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.
For now is Christ risen, for now is Christ risen from the dead, the first-fruits of them that sleep.
Scripture Focus | John 20:1-18
The Empty Tomb
20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came
running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said,
“They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the
strips of linen lying there but did not go in.
6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’
head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside.
He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the
head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said,
“Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic,“Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God
and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news:
“I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Message | “New Life” | Kathryn Whitacre
Sending Song | “Proclaim the Tidings Near and Far” | #282
Sending Music | “Saint Anthony Chorale” | arr. Chip De Stefano
Brass Choir: Winona Godfrey, horn; Lindy Reynolds, trumpet; Allan van Asselt, trumpet; Eric Goering, trombone; Kyle Hopkins, trombone; LaMonte Rothrock, trombone
Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert
Choir Director: Becky Snell
Technical Crew: Eric Goering, Ryan Goering, Shane Kirchner, Steve Lolling & Chris Whitacre
Chancel Decoration Team: Jill Brax, Colleen Gustafson, Michele Johnson, Shane Kirchner & Lara Schoming