April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday

Bell Choir Prelude

Hail Thee, Festival Day             arr. Douglas E. Wagner

Easter Rhondo                              arr. Michael Helman

Jesus Christ is Risen Today               arr. Michael Helman

Jesus Christ is Risen Today            arr. Michael Helman

Prelude on Llandfair

Prelude: Allegro from Sonata in C     Felix Mendelssohn

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn: #232 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today


Joys and Concerns

Choral Introit: Thine Is The Glory

Call to Worship

One:    Day has dawned and shadows are left behind.

The stone is rolled away and hope is reborn.

All:      This is the day our God has made.

            We will rejoice and be glad in it.

One:    God opens us to the gates of righteousness.

We enter to give thanks to our God.

All:      We give thanks, for our God is good.

            God’s steadfast love endures forever.

One:    Set your mind on things that are above.

Look up and welcome Christ’s appearing.

All:      We have been raised with Christ.

Glory is being revealed to us on this holy day.

One:    Come, let us worship God together!

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

O God of all of our days, we come this 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.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

O God, the message of Easter has come again before we were ready to receive it. The Palm Sunday parade demanded very little of us. We could join in the hosannas. But the betrayal and denial, the suffering and shame, the agony and death, have left us fearful and shaken. We have become enemies of Jesus without intending to be disloyal. We have left him in the tomb, lest he has upset our daily lives. The Jesus of long ago seems more comfortable to us than the Christ who is risen today in our midst. We confess our reluctance to let Christ claim us and change us. O God, we need forgiveness. Hear now our silent confessions as we seek your mercy, forgiveness and grace.

Moment of silent prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

Gloria Patri: 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.

Responsive Reading – Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24

(Page 694 HS in the pew bible)

Reading from the Early Church – Acts 10:34-43

(Page 157 NT in the pew bible)

Children’s Message and Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn: #236 The Strife Is Over

Offering of our Gifts ~ One Great Hour of Sharing

 Anthem: Coronation                             Craig Courtney

*Doxology: Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below; Praise God above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

 Gospel ReadingJohn 20:1-18

(Page 140 in the pew bible)

Sermon: “Are You Contagious?”

Reverend Diane Monti-Catania

Pastoral Prayer and Silent Prayer

Response: Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks

*Hymn: #245 Christ The Lord Is Risen Today


Choral Response: Hallelujah Chorus    G.F. Handel

Postlude: Carillon-Sortie                       Henri Mulet

(* Please stand if able.)

A special thank you to the brass quartet from Housatonic Valley Regional High School: Jacob Sphur & Cameron Foley (trumpets), Caleb Sphur & Tyler Wallace (trombones).

Prayer List

Terre Lefferts, Hatsie Baltus, Emma Mae, Leonard Kaufman, Laura Flores, Paul McAbee, Shirley Rogers, Jane Fitting, Nancy Tuckerman, Barbara Jacquette, Gloria Buckley, Petie Robinson, Gay Ayers, The Sosnoff Family, Wilma Tillerman, Will, Nina, Jack and Linda, Schaper family, family and friends of Walter Crain



































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