As a community of faith following God’s awesome example in Jesus, we welcome, affirm and extend our love to all persons regardless of age, race, income, nationality, life experiences, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We celebrate God’s inclusive love and invite all to join the faith journey at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Cherry Street.
BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
Joyous Day (Leavitt) Phyllis Swift
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (vs. 1-5) UMH #302
Rev. Kathy Brown
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (vs. 6) UMH #302
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
**PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church welcomes and extends our love to all persons regardless of age, race, income, nationality, life experiences, gender sexual orientation, or gender identity. All are welcome into our family. You are invited to greet one another with signs of God’s peace. Peace be with you. ALL: And also with you.
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
**CALL TO WORSHIP
enfleshed: Liturgy that Matters
Whether we shout in confidence, whisper in trust, or simply rest in the faithful proclamation of our neighbors, we join in the ancient praise that echoes across generations:
Hallelujah! The tomb is empty, and Love is alive.
Even when we look high and low for signs of hope but only find cause for sorrow, we do believe
Love is still with us!
Even when evil seems to have the upper hand, destroying life and hoarding resources, threatening all who will not bow before it, we do believe
Love lives in us!
Even when we are afraid, for ourselves, our communities, our world… or when life as we know it has been turned upside down, we do believe
In all things, through all things, Love will persist.
Hallelujah! Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed!
**HYMN OF PRAISE
Christ Is Risen UMH # 307
(spoken in unison)
O God of all our days, during this time of uncertainty and physical distancing, we come this Easter morning with eager anticipation. We seek to know you, to see you, to touch you. Open our hearts, that we might experience you anew. Open our lives, that we may be faithful witnesses to your resurrection. May we, with shouts of joy, proclaim your steadfast, liberating love to all people, everywhere. Amen.
UMH # 70
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the
beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen
PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE
Rev. Marcia Shoemaker and Wrinkles
This, this is where children belong. Welcomed as part of the worshipping throng. Water, God’s word, bread and cup, prayer and song. This is where children belong.
A TIME OF PRAYER
Cares Chorus TFWS #2215
I cast all my cares upon you. I lay all of my burdens down at your feet.
And any time that I don’t know what to do, I will cast all my cares upon you.
PRAYERS OF THE PEAOPLE AND PASTORAL PRAYER
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Derek Swift, Soloist
READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands (arr. Margaret Bonds)
Kevin Pearson, Soloist
**READING FROM THE GOSPEL
Overcoming the Paralysis of Grief Rev. Kathy Brown
HYMN OF RESPONSE
In the Garden UMH #314
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING
Rev. Marcia Shoemaker
What Wondrous Love Is This (Berry) Phyllis Swift
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, all creatures here below. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts. Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
THE SENDING FORTH
**HYMN OF INVITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
He Lives UMH #310
Taking Out the Light of Christ
At the Font We Start Our Journey (vs. 4) TFWS #2114
As we leave we are commissioned, now the Easter victory’s won,
to restore a world divided to the peace of Christ as one.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter’s work must still be done.
On This Glad Day (Scarlatti) Phyllis Swift
As you leave today, remember you are taking the light of Christ into the world.
Make it shine!
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