Easter Sunday

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

*Doxology: #607

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.)

Welcome Statement

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

Prayer List:

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




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