Windsor Park United Church

Bulletin – Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter

“Be still and know that I am God!”

Approach

*   Hymn – VU #155 “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”

Lighting the Christ Candle

One:    On this Easter Sunday, we shout and sing the glad news:
All:      Jesus Christ is risen indeed! We light the Christ candle because he is here among us. Hallelujah! Amen.
(adapted from Fern Gibbard. Gathering, Lent/Easter 2019, page 41. Used with permission)

Call to Worship

One:    Joy is in the air! Christ is risen!
All:      We will not find Jesus in the tomb. He is risen!
One:    Where shall we look? How will we recognize the risen Christ?
All:      Look to your neighbours and the strangers on the street. There, we will find the risen Christ. Alleluia!
One:    One this glorious Easter morning we proclaim
All:      Christ is risen. Alleluia!
(written by Laura Turnbull.  Gathering, Lent/Easter 2019, page 41. Used with permission)

*   Hymn – VU #169 “Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing”

Prayer of Approach and Confession

In this moment of mystery, in this moment of hope, in the moment of life, loving God-open our hearts to the wonder! Open our senses to the possibilities! Open the tombs that we’ve created, and show us that they are even empty of what we’ve come to expect, but full of the new possibilities. Hear us when we admit our failings: we war, we mock, we ignore, we pollute. Your people behave like no people, as if we had not been made in love and for love. We let your dream of peace and justice for all die from neglect. We confess our hurry to judge, our slowness to understand, our avoidance of the call of the Gospel. Forgive us, we pray, your people gathered here, and all humanity. Amen.

(adapted from Richard Bott and Robin Wardlaw.  Gathering, Lent/Easter 2019, page 44-45. Used with permission)

Assurance of Pardon / Passing of the Peace

Anthem – “Run With Me to the Garden”

Time for All Ages

The Word

Prayer of Illumination

Scripture Reading:   Isaiah 65:17-25

John 20:1-18

Meditation – “The Good News!”

(a quiet time for your personal reflection and prayer)

Anthem – “Shout! Sing Hallelujah!”

The Response

*   Offering / Response:
            He is Lord. He is Lord.
            He is risen from the dead and He is Lord.
            Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess,
            That Jesus Christ is Lord.

Communion (April 21, 2019_Communion Insert)

*   Closing Hymn – “I am the Resurrection” (on insert)

*   Commissioning
One:    We know the tomb is empty;
All:      Christ is risen!
One:    We believe the friends of Jesus will be strong;
All:      Christ is risen!
One:    We rejoice in the new faith community;
All:      Christ is risen!
One:    In hope, we will work for peace and justice;
All:      Christ is risen!
One:    Jesus the Christ is risen indeed!
All:      Thanks be to God!

(written by David Sparks, Gathering, Lent/Easter 2019, page 48. Used with permission)

*   Response (VU #958)
            Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!
            Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!
            Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!
            Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Today’s bulletin is sponsored by Heather Karavas
In loving memory of Linda Garvey

Posted in Sunday Bulletin and Announcements on April 20, 2019.