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Christ is risen,
Christ has risen indeed!
Announcements and Life Together
Call to Worship
Early in the morning light,
the women went to Jesus’ tomb.
The tomb was empty, the stone rolled away,
for God’s love is stronger than death itself.
Let us join our voices with Mary Magdalene:
“We have seen the Lord!”
Easter people, Christ is risen!
Prayer of Praise
Holy One, You come to us with power beyond all knowing. You life all things out of the dust, you breathe love into every cell, you call us into communion with you. Refresh us in the living waters, fill us with the joy of resurrection so that we may be a living sign of the new heaven and new earth. Blessed by your holy name, now and forever. Amen.
Call to Confession
Litany of Confession
O God, you raised Christ from the tomb and shattered the powers of sin and evil.
Raise us from the tombs of our sin, O Lord, and bring us to new life in you.
You bring us good news of Easter joy.
Forgive us when we cannot hear it.
You send us out to share your love.
Forgive us when we cannot carry it.
You cast a vision for peace and justice.
Forgive us when we cannot imagine it. Forgive us when we stand in its way.
For you are the God of the empty tomb, the one who makes all things new.
Assurance of Grace
By the grace of God and the witness of our ancestors, the good news of Jesus' resurrection is our rock and our salvation. You shall not die but live. The rejected cornerstone has become your strength and your song.
Siblings in Christ, I declare to you the forgiveness of all our sins, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, who lives and reigns as Mother of us all, now and forever.
Prayer of Illumination
First Scripture Reading
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Early on the first day of the week, while it was
still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been
removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other
disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord
out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter
and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were
running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb
first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there,
but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into
the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had
been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a
place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also
went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the
scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to
their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As
she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels
in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and
the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She
said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have
laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus
standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus
said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing
him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away,
tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to
her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which
means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have
not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am
ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary
Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she
told them that he had said these things to her.
'I Have Seen the Lord'
Rev. Kim Smith-Stanley
Prayers of the
Offering and The Doxology
THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
Invitation to the Table
Prayer of Great Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise…
Words of Institution
We Share the Bread and the Cup
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. Amen.
Let all God’s people say…
Passing of the peace