Jesus is not here, but has risen.” (Luke 24:5)
(Moravian Daily Texts 2013)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
(Verses from Psalm 118)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; God’s mercy endures forever.
Let Israel now declare, “God’s mercy endures forever.”
Listen to the glad shouts in the tents of God’s people: “God’s mighty power has done it!”
I will not die; instead, I will live and proclaim what the Lord has done.
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is God’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Hymn 410 * Jesus Christ is risen today!
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
PRAYERS of APPROACH
Ending with the response:
Christ is risen: Christ is risen indeed. Amen.
Isaiah 65:17-25 OT p. 728 (729)
Hymn 406 They crucified my Saviour
(Hymn of the Month, April 2013)
St. Luke 24:1-12 NT p. 114 (113)
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 415 * This joyful Eastertide
SERMON Rev. James Brown
Hymn 417 Now the green blade rises
OFFERING Joyful Singers Medley
Please come forward with your offerings.
AFFIRMATION of FAITH (United Church of Christ)
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify: God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death. God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin. God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles. In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord, God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator. God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding, in covenant faith, people of all ages, tongues, and races. God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the power of evil, to share Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory. God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end. Blessing and honour, glory and power be unto God. Amen.
INSTITUTION and THANKSGIVING
God be with you, and also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God Most High.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
… with your sons and daughters of faith in all places and times, we praise you with joy:
Hymn 769 Holy, holy, holy
WORDS of INSTITUTION
Christ’s death, O God, we proclaim. Christ’s resurrection we declare. Christ’s coming we await. Glory be to you, O God.
…Restore the earth with your grace that is able to make all things new.
Be present with us as we share this meal, and throughout all our lives, that we may know you as the Holy One, who with Christ and the Holy Spirit lives for ever. Amen.
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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
BREAKING of BREAD
Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world: grant us peace.
COMMUNION (please come forward to share)
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
Choir Anthem Christ is our cornerstone
PRAYER of THANKSGIVING
Hymn 419 * Thine be the glory
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)