Prelude                   

Call to Worship

One: This day is like every other day.

All: Alarm clocks beeped. Coffee was brewed. Covers came off and weary bodies came to life.

One: And yet this day is like no other day—

All: For the sun rose, and we knew it was a miracle.  The tomb was empty, and they knew it was love.

One: The longest night is over. Death has lost its sting.

All: Jesus is among us. Alleluia!

One: The story has just begun.

All: Our hope is born. The season of new life is here.

One: Christ is risen!

All: Christ is risen indeed!

Hymn #243:  Jesus Christ is risen today
Words: Latin, anonymous; translation, Tate and Brady’s New Version 1698; v.4, Charles Wesley (1707-1788) Music:  EASTER HYMN, Lyra Davidica 1708, 1749; descant, Derek Holman (1931-) CCLI# 2891130

Welcome

Gathering Prayer concluding with the Lord’s Prayer

Assurance of God’s Grace

Releasing the Alleluia

Peace Invocation:  Alleluia
Music transcribed from the singing of George Mxadana by John L. Bell © 2012 WGRG, Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent.  OneLicense #94098

Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia (2x)

Fun with the Young at Heart

Knox Chancel Choir:  I Am the Lord of the Dance
Words Sydney Carter, arr. Joel Raney © 2013 Stainer & Bell, Ltd. (admin. Hope Publishing Company)
OneLicense #106288

Scripture:  Mark 16: 1-8

Reflection: The Rev. Hugh Donnelly

Knox Chancel Choir:  Hallelujah! What a Saviour!
Arranged by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Shafferman, orchestrated by Brant Adams © 2002 Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. CCLI #3711745

Scripture:  John 20: 1-18

Reflection: The Rev. Courtney Crawford

Sacrament of Communion

Invitation to the Table

Hymn #530:  I come with joy
Words: Brian A. Wren (1936-) Music:  DOVE OF PEACE, Walker’s Southern Harmony 1835; harmony, Charles H. Webb (1933-) Words: © 1971, 1995 by Hope Publishing Co. OneLicense #00455

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

Enjoying the gifts of the earth

Prayer after Communion

Presentation of our offering

Invitation to Offering

Offertory:  Let the Trumpet Sound by Knox Chancel Choir
Words & music Natalie Sleeth © 1984 Hinshaw Music. OneLicense #38510

Doxology: O Bless the Gifts
Words & music Samuel Longfellow & Twila Paris
© 1985 Straightway Music and Mountain Spring Music. CCLI #1891966

O bless the gifts our hands have brought;
And bless the work our hearts have planned.
Ours is the faith, the will, the thought;
The rest, O God, is in your hand.

Prayer of Dedication

Hymn #249: The day of resurrection
Words: Greek, John of Damascus (c.696-c.754); translation, John Mason Neale (1818-1866)   Music:  ELLACOMBE, Mainz Song Book 1833; descant, Cyril Winn (1884-1973) CCLI # 2725914

Benediction

Easter Sending Song:  God speed you on your way (v.1)
Words & music Shona Murray & Shirley Erena Murray
Words © 1999, 2000 Murray, Shirley Erena; Music © 1999, 2000 Murray, Shona CCLI #2580326

God speed you on your way
Safe keep you every day
Give you wing, cause to sing
All this we wish and pray

Postlude


Worship Leaders: The Rev. Hugh Donnelly, The Rev. Courtney Crawford, Mary-Catherine Pazzano, Dave Dougall on organ

Tech Team: Kathleen Forde, Eric Gaudet, Barb Gaudet

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