Worship Order for
Leader: This the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
People: This is the day that the stone is cast aside
And the mantle of darkness is torn away.
Leader: God has swallowed up death forever
And brushed our tears away.
People: This is the day of salvation.
Leader: Be glad and rejoice -
The Lord of light has come and reigns forever.
Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen indeed!
All: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Hymnal #668. Altered from
All the Seasons of Mercy, by Diane Karay,
John Knox Press, © 1987 Diane Karay.
O God, who rolled away the stone
put in place to
hold your own,
help us push aside
and live the faith
that you are here.
O God, who raised Christ from the grave,
leaving there an
lift our hearts and
minds this hour;
fill us with your
O God, who meets us on the way
from this moment to
with your presence
that our faith
become a verb. Amen.
"A Time to Rejoice"
Borrowed from Even
More Little Stories for Children (p. 80),
this message will use the letters "J," "O,"
and "Y" and smile stickers to emphasize that the joy of
Easter continues beyond our yearly celebration of the day, and is
as contagious as a smile - which the children will be encouraged
to share with others.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
If you havenít filled out and
passed the attendance pad on your pew, now might be a good time to
finish this task as the plates are passed. With your offering, share
the joy that the Lord is your God, your chosen portion. Let your
heart be glad, your soul rejoice, your body rest secure. "In
Godís presence there is fullness of joy," the Psalmist
sang. Are you ready to sing (and live) that melody, also?
Ushers, itís your turn.