Easter Sunday Liturgy, Hymns, & Connection Info

April 12, 2020 at 11:00 am

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Matthew 28:6

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WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS
April 12-18

Matt Wyatt, Ray Haar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday Bible Study, 6 pm

Participants in our Virtual Communion may provide their own grape juice and bread, or what they feel is an acceptable substitution, maintaining integrity with the elements according to their personal circumstances. See “Guidance on Virtual Communion” by Bishop William T. McAlilly.

The host will mute everyone except the leader during hymns and longer unison prayers so we can all sing and speak together without the distraction of various lag times. Otherwise, sound will be on for all participants so we can interact freely throughout the service (exception: disruptive background noises).

INVOCATION

HYMN OF PRAISE
“Christ the Lord is Risen Today”
by Charles Wesley, 1739
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 302

1 Christ the Lord is risen today,
Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say,
Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high,
Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply,
Alleluia!

2 Love’s redeeming work is done,
Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won,
Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise,
Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise,
Alleluia!

4 Soar we now where Christ has led,
Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head,
Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise,
Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies,
Alleluia!

PRAISE AND TESTIMONIES
Briefly share your recent God-Sightings, joys, thankfulness, and good thoughts so the rest of us can rejoice with you.

PRAYER CONCERNS
We remain in solidarity with suffering children, immigrants, victims of war and storms, and everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop McAlilly requests prayer
at noon daily for health care workers.

Additions from Last Week
Rick Blanchard, Heather Jones, Hanna Grimes, Molakai Island, David Smith, Teresa Lilly, Health Care Workers, Those with employment, financial, and food difficulties.

Homebound
Freda & Dan Wyatt, Mary Lou Anderson, Betty Travis, Carl Hamilton, Ruth Purvis, Will Lawson, Bruce Gillette

Military Families
Ron Fowler, Dylan Field, Kale Merrick, Matthew Petway, Sarah Petway,  Randy Bagwell, Christopher Telle, Brittany Jones, Bryar Fortner

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for April 12-18:
Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION

God of grace and glory,
we thank you that you judge us not
by the perfection of our actions,
but by our readiness
to live boldly by faith.
Help us, as individuals
and as a congregation,
to trust you
and follow where you lead,
t
hat in Christ
your name may be glorified
in all the earth. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

Leader to people:
Hear the good news:
Christ died for us
while we were yet sinners;
that proves God’s love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ,
you are forgiven!

All to each other:
In the name of Jesus Christ,
you are forgiven!
Glory to God. Amen.

PASTORAL PRAYER

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
United Methodist Discipleship Ministries

God of grace and mercy, you are the source of the true healing that can make us whole. We remember this morning that Jesus’ ministry was deeply involved in both healing of people’s bodies and healing of relationships. As we take time now in worship to offer our spiritual gifts to you, we pray that they might be used to bring healing – of body, of spirit, of broken relationships – to people who are in desperate need. We pray this in the holy Jesus’ name. Amen.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

We give thanks for those who are continuing their financial support of our ministries with online, mail-in, or drop-off tithes and offerings.

We offer to the Lord our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness, together with the elements each brings to their table for consecration to be for each of us the body and blood of Christ.

DOXOLOGY
By Thomas Ken, 1689
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 95

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!

THE GOSPEL READING
Matthew 28:1-10

Bishop McAlilly Reads Matthew 28:1-15 from TNUMC on Vimeo.

1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON
“Jesus Changes the Conversation”
Everyone is invited to share as the Pastor leads a discussion of these sermon points.

Celebrating Resurrection
He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he was lying. Matthew 28:5 (GNT)

Rebirth and Renewal
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 (KJV)

Scripture, Tradition, and Reason
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)

Experience
But these have been written in order that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through your faith in him you may have life. John 20:31(GNT)

Invitation to a Holy Conversation
I found an altar on which is written, ‘To an Unknown God.’ That which you worship, then, even though you do not know it, is what I now proclaim to you.  Acts 17:23b (GNT)

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
By Henry Van Dyke, 1907
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 89

1 Joyful, joyful, we adore You,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before You,
Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

3 Always giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living,
Ocean-depth of happy rest!
Loving Father, Christ our Brother,
Let Your light upon us shine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

4 Mortals, join the mighty chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
God’s own love is reigning o’er us,
Joining people hand in hand.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife;
Joyful music leads us sunward
In the triumph song of life.

PASSING THE PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you all!
And also with you!

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
FOR EASTER SUNDAY
The United Methodist Book of Worship, Page  65

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere
to give thanks to you,
Almighty God,
creator of heaven and earth.

You formed us in your image
and breathed into us the breath of life.
When we turned away, and our love failed,
your love remained steadfast.
You delivered us from captivity,
made covenant to be our sovereign God,
brought us to a land
flowing with milk and honey,
and set before us the way of life.

And so, with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
we praise your name
and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he
who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you,
and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.

By the baptism
of his suffering, death, and resurrection
you gave birth to your Church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant
by water and the Spirit.

By your great mercy
we have been born anew
to a living hope through the resurrection
of your Son from the dead
and to an inheritance that is imperishable,
undefiled, and unfading.

Once we were no people,
but now we are your people,
declaring your wonderful deeds in Christ,
who called us out of darkness
into his marvelous light.

When the Lord Jesus ascended,
he promised to be with us always,
in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.

On the night in which
he gave himself up for us,
he took bread, gave thanks to you,
broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Take, eat;
this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Drink from this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.”

On the day you raised him from the dead
he was recognized by his disciples
in the breaking of the bread,
and in the power of your Holy Spirit
your Church has continued
in the breaking of the bread
and the sharing of the cup.

And so, in remembrance of these
your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves
in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died;
Christ is risen;
Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit
on each and every one of us
gathered here out of love for you,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us
the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world
the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory,
and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours,
almighty Father,
now and for ever.
Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever. Amen.

BREAKING THE BREAD

Because there is one loaf,
we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ.

SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

The body of Christ, given for you. Amen.
The blood of Christ, given for you. Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
A Eucharistic Prayer for the Global Pandemic

by Rev. Lane Cotton Winn and Rev. Juan Huertas
Louisiana Conference
of The United Methodist Church

Day after day after day
you give yourself to us:
in two or three gathered in your name,
in connection across the miles,
and in bread and wine.

As we go from this gathering
around your table,
may we feel restored to your body,
companioned by your people,
and sustained
by the power of your Spirit

as we witness to your healing
and reconciling work.

Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“He Lives!”
by Alfred Henry Ackley, 1933
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 310

© 1933. Renewed 1961 Word Music, LLC.
CCLI License # 3194034

I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today
I know that He is living
Whatever men may say
I see His hand of mercy
I hear His voice of cheer
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near

He lives! He lives!
Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way
He lives! He lives!
Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives
He lives within my heart!

“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus, Mark 16:15

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
We invite you, your friends, and your family to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and to full participation and membership in our congregation. 

GOING FORTH TO LOVE OTHERS
AS CHRIST LOVES US

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”
Words: 1 John 4:7-8
Music: Dennis Ryder
©1974 Universal Music
CCLI Song #26344, License #3194034

Beloved let us love one another
For love is of God and ev’ryone that loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love
Beloved let us love one another
First John four seven and eight


Download or View the Bulletin:
2020-04-12 Easter Sunday


AFTER-THE-SERVICE REFLECTION

“O the Depth of Love Divine”
by Charles Wesley, 1745 (John 6:35-58)
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 627

O the depth of love divine,
the unfathomable grace!
Who shall say how bread and wine
God into us conveys!
How the bread His flesh imparts,
How the wine transmits His blood,
Fills His faithful people’s hearts
with all the life of God!

Let the wisest mortals show
how we the grace receive;
Feeble elements bestow
a power not theirs to give.
Who explains the wondrous way,
How through these the virtue came?
These the virtue did convey,
yet still remain the same.

How can spirits heavenward rise,
by earthly matter fed,
Drink herewith divine supplies
and eat immortal bread?
Ask the Father’s wisdom how: Christ
Who did the means ordain;
Angels round our altars bow
to search it out, in vain.

Sure and real is the grace,
the manner be unknown;
Only meet us in thy ways
and perfect us in one.
Let us taste the heavenly powers,
Lord, we ask for nothing more.
Thine to bless, ’tis only ours
to wonder and adore.