wELCOME TO A DIFFERENT WAY OF WORSHIPPING

he is risen!

weekly liturgy

First, a word on fancy words. In worship we have this phrase we use called liturgy that feels like a formal way of having a worship leader saying stuffy things about God. The word means, “the work of the people” and liturgy is meant to be held, and owned by the worshippers, i.e. you. This service is planned to give you a path, a guide to pray, interact with scripture, wrestle with it – wrestle with God – and in so doing, have a moment of coming face to face with the divine right here, right now.

So, come and lay all the worries of the day aside. Take a deep breath, and we will start with a prayer.

PRAYER

God of life, we praise you for the miracle of Easter. We pray for great joy for ourselves and for all who come to worship today to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection – who come with the hope of new life for themselves. We pray especially for those who will not join us for worship and whose lives are filled with pain, loss, or deep sadness. May they sense, somehow as our lives someday meet, how the resurrection is a source of great hope. Amen.

CALL TO WORSHIP

VIII.

Off in the woods in the quiet morning a redbird is singing and his song goes out around him greater than his purpose, a welcoming room of song in which the trees stand, through which the creek flows.

- Wendell Berry, Sabbaths, 2018

HYMN

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

 

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!

Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!

Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!

Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

 

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!

Praise eternal as God’s love, Alleluia!

Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!

CHILDREN'S MESSAGE

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CALL TO CONFESSION

Jesus’ rising from the dead assures us that we, too, have been given new life.  Let us repent of our sin before God and one another, certain of God’s mercy.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Lord, bring new life where we are worn and tired; new love where we have turned hard-hearted; forgiveness where we feel hurt and where we have wounded; and the joy and freedom of your Holy Spirit where we are prisoners of ourselves.

[Silence]

To all and to each, on his community and on his friends, where regret is real, Jesus pronounces his pardon and grants us the right to begin again. Thanks be to God! Amen.

THE WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Lord, we do not always find it easy to recognize your coming to us. Come, reveal yourself to us. Meet us in the breaking of the bread. Set our heavy hearts on fire with love for you, and send us on our way rejoicing.

For your name’s sake, Amen.

GOSPEL READING

 

John 20:1-18

20:1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.

20:2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him."

20:3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.

20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

20:5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.

20:6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,

20:7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.

20:8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

20:9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

20:10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

20:11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb;

20:12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.

20:13 They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him."

20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away."

20:16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher).

20:17 Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"

20:18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

SUNDAY SCHOOL AT HOME

Although we can’t be in the same proximity physically, we can be together in spirit.  We are happy to be able to provide to you age appropriate Sunday school lessons each week for you to do with your children.  Click the Sunday School button to be directed to our weekly lessons.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE FAMILY

Click the family activities button for activities to do with your children. You will find a dove with an olive branch – the sign for peace in troubled times.  Please print out the page, cut out the dove, color it, paint it, glitter it, or leave it plain and put it in your front window.  Print out multiple copies and put them in multiple windows!  When people walk or drive past your house, they can wave or honk so that you know you are not alone!!

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven.  Hallowed be Thy name.  They kingdom come.  Thy will be done.  On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

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Thine is the glory, risen conquering Son:
Endless is the victory, Thou ou'er death hast won.
Angles in bright raiment, rolled the stone away
Kept the folded graveclothes where Thy body lay

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom.
Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
For the Lord now liveth; death has lost its sting.

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life!
Life is nought without Thee; aid us in our strife.
Make us more than conquerers through Thy deathless love
Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above

Thine is the glory, risen conquering Son:
Endless is the victory, Thou ou'er death hast won.

OFFERING OUR GIFTS

With compassion for our needs, the Risen One stands beside us, calling our names.
Let us, with that same mercy, bring forth tithes and offerings to relieve the suffering of this world and to proclaim far and wide the good news of resurrection life.

https://www.westfieldpc.org/give/

THE OFFERTORY

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

READ SILENTLY

Giver of all good things, it is from you that we have these gifts to share. Take them, we pray, that they may become a blessing, a light in the darkness. Amen.

HYMN

THE SENDING

CHARGE

As Christ burst forth from the tomb, may new life burst forth from us and show itself in acts of love and healing to a hurting world. And may that same Christ, who lives forever and is the source of our new life, keep your hearts rejoicing and grant you peace this day and always. Amen.

BENEDICTION

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

HYMN

PASSING THE PEACE

Peace be with you.

Please pass the peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to your neighbors.