PRELUDE: Lyra Davidica by Richard Purvis

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

PRAYER

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH [Excerpt from A Brief Statement of Faith, PCUSA]

ANTHEM: I Know that My Redeemer Liveth (from Messiah) by G. F. Handel,  Daphne Riddle, soprano

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though my body be destroyed, yet in my flesh shall I see God. Alleluia. Now we see in a glass dimly, but then, face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know as I am known. Alleluia. [Based on words from Job 19:25-26 and I Corinthians 13:12]

PRAYER

HYMN: Jesus Christ is Risen Today [Easter Hymn]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON: Matthew 28:1-9

ANTHEM: Now the Green Blade Rises by Donald McCullough

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain, wheat that in dark earth many days has lain; Love lives again, that with the dead has been; Love is come again like wheat arising green.  In the grave they laid him, Love by hatred slain, thinking that he would never wake again, laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen.  Forth he came at Easter like the risen grain, he that for three days in the grave had lain; raised from the dead, my living Lord is seen.  When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain, your touch can call us back to life again; fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been.  (J. M. C. Crum)

SERMON: “Life Explosion”

HYMN: Thine Is the Glory [Judas Maccabeus]

PRAYER

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE: Risen Indeed! by Allen Pote

Christ is risen, Christ is risen, alleluia!  Sing alleluia, sing alleluia, he is risen.  Lift up your voices sing alleluia, alleluia!  Christ is risen indeed, he is risen from the dead.  He is alive, alleluia!  He died for us, our sinful souls to save.  Now he is risen, risen from the grave.  The tomb stands empty, the stone was rolled away.  Darkness has vanished, the night has turned to day.  Jesus will meet us when our death is near.  He gives us hope eternal.  We need not fear!

 

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