April 14, 2019
Bell Choir Prelude:
Easter Rondo arr. Michael Helman
Jesus Christ is Risen Today Michael Helman
Jesus Christ is Risen Today Williams arr. Dobrinski
(Prelude on Llandfair)
Organ Prelude: Fanfare Jacques Lemmens
Chiming of the Hour
*Hymn #232 Jesus Christ is Risen Today EASTER HYMN
Joys and Concerns | Silent Prayer
Introit: Exultate Jubilate W.A. Mozart
Andrea Bargabos, Soprano
Call to Worship
One: Easter says, “Look! The dawn is breaking. Morning is on its way. See, the sun is beginning to rise!”
Many: We say, leave us alone and let us sleep.
We want to forget about the terrors of yesterday. We want to shut out the darkness.
One: But look! The tomb is open. A new day, a new world has begun!
Many: Leave us alone and let us grieve.
On the cross we lost our hope,
and all our dreams are dead.
One: No, really: look! The grave is empty. The stone is rolled away.
Many: An empty grave? A vacant shroud? Then hope is reborn! The dream is alive again!
One: Death has been swallowed up in victory!
Many: Rejoice! The day of resurrection has come at last: Alleluia!
Prayer of Invocation (in unison)
This is the day you have made, O Holy One, and we rejoice! Come. Let the world know you dwell with us. Stir our souls with love and hope, and let our feet dance for joy on your good earth. Open our eyes to the hopes and needs of this planet, and all who share its life. Embolden our hearts to works of justice in your name. Be present to us. Empower us with your resurrection life. We ask in Jesus’ name: Amen.
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession (in unison)
All: God of new awakenings, we confess
that we would rather stay asleep.
We are afraid to hope and have our hopes shattered.
We are afraid to dream and find our dreams deferred.
Break us open like the tomb,
so that your new life may rise in us.
Give us the faith to believe, to hope, to dream anew.
Let us live and love as people of your resurrection.
Moment of Silent Prayer
Assurance of God’s Love
Gloria Patri: #581 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.
Responsive Reading: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
(Pg. 694 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)
Reading from Hebrew Scriptures: Isaiah 65:17-25
(Pg. 851 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)
A Thought for Young Minds & Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn #247 Now the Green Blade Rises NOËL NOUVELET
Offering of our Gifts
Anthem: Jesus Victorious Lamb Marty Parks
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise Christ, all people here below;
praise Holy Spirit ever more;
praise Triune God whom we adore. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
Gospel Reading: Luke 24:1-12
(Pg. 107 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)
Sermon: “The Idlest Tale” Pastor John Nelson
Pastoral Prayer | Silent Prayer
Response: #240 Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
*Hymn #238 Thine is the Glory JUDAS MACCABEUS
Response: #238 Thine is the Glory
Postlude: Finale from Symphony #1 Louis Vierne
(* The congregation may stand.)
We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves. This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.
We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person. As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person. Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey: you are welcome here!
If you are visiting us today, Welcome!
Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list!
Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome. Today’s host is the Christian Action Committee.
Please see an usher if:
You would like to use a hearing device
If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery
Many thanks to:
Lorna Edmundson for serving as our lay reader
Sarah Morrison & Jim Hussey for serving as ushers
Sean Clegg, Bolton Hull, Jean Gallup, Roberta Fay, J. Kevin Carroll, Siddhi, Evan Adsit, Marty Sorenson,
Franny Yerkes, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Dick Taber,Tom Splaine, Joe K., Peter & Linda,
Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard, Pauline, Friends & Family of: Gail Weigel, Joe Scotto, Elizabeth Adam, Dan Cunningham & Alain
Monday: 1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge
Tuesday: 5 pm SOAR Cooking Class
5:30 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday: 9 am Staff Meeting
7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal
Thursday: 7 pm HousaTonics
Friday: 7:45 am Men’s Bible Study
Next Sunday: 11 am Annual Meeting
1 pm Choir Rehearsal