Celebration of Easter Sacrament of Communion

Sunday  March 31, 2013

Celebration of Easter

Sacrament of Communion

God Invites Us to Worship


Life and Work of the Church Family

Pass The Peace  Lighting  of the Christ Candle 


One:         “Christ is Risen”

All:         “He Is Risen Indeed”

One:         “Glory and honour, dominion and power,

         Be to God forever and ever.”

All:         Christ is Risen!  Alleluia!

Hymn: VU# 155 “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”        

                               (Trumpet Debbie Weir)

Gathering Prayer          

Special Music – “For God So Loved The World”

Time With the Children

Hymn:  VU# 183 “We Meet You, O Christ”


The Scriptures Speak to Us

Acts 10:34-43

(Peter preaches in the house of Cornelius)

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (VU p. 837, Parts One, Two and Three).

John 20:1-18

(Mary the Magdalene and Simon Peter find the empty tomb)


                  This is a Part of Our Story

                  Thanks be to God

Choir Anthem:  “Hear the Bells Ringing”

                           Words and music - Anne Herring

Sermon:       “Bewildered, Bothered, and Befuddled!” 

Hymn:  VU# 166 “Joy Comes With the Dawn”

God Invites Us to Respond

Offering Invitation

Presentation of our Gifts:


Offering Response: VU# 541

         Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

         praise God, all creatures high and low;

         give thanks to God in love made known:

         Creator, Word and Spirit One.

                           Words - Thomas Ken  music - Gladys Jack

Dedication Prayer

Solo:  “Because He Lives” - Jason Barnsley

                           Words and music by The Gaithers

Sacrament of Communion


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

Leader: The Lord be with you

People: And also with you. 

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Hallelujah, thanks and praise, ever living God,

worker of wonders, maker of miracles,

Author of all life and giver of life eternal!

Out of chaos and fear you bring beauty and hope.

Out of despair and death you create courage and new life.

And so, with the risen Christ 

who makes all things new

by the power of his resurrection,

we join in the song of a new day,

to sing your praise:

ALL: (Sung)  VU#934

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might.

         Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

         Hosanna in the highest!

         Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord,

         Hosanna in the highest.

Leader: On the night in which he was betrayed, and before he suffered and died,          Jesus, at supper with his friends, took bread,

when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them saying,

         “Take this all of you and eat it:

         This is my body which is given up for you.”

After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, and gave it to his friends, and said,

         “Drink this all of you: 

         This is the blood of the new covenant.

It is shed for you and for many, so that sins may be             forgiven.

         Do this in memory of me.”

         Jesus gave his life for us,

         Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

All: (Sung) MV#204

 Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen

 Christ will come again!

 Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen,

 Christ will come again!

Leader:  Recalling his death,

proclaiming his resurrection

and looking for his coming again in glory,

we offer you, O God, this bread and this cup.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us

and upon these gifts,

that all who eat and drink at this table

may be one body, one holy people,

a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Prayers of Intercession will be offered for:

The Church

The World

The local Community

Those who have died, and those left behind to mourn

All who are sick or in need

Those for whom prayers have been requested

These and all our prayers we ask in the name of Jesus who taught his disciples to pray together.......

Lord’s Prayer:    (Sung) VU#959

Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil

for the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Fraction and Distribution

Leader:  This is the body of Christ

People:  Hallelujah Amen!

Leader:  This is the cup of blessing in Jesus name.

People:  Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Distribution of the Elements

Post Communion Prayer

We give you thanks O Holy one, 

for the bread of New Life, 

And for the cup of resurrection blessing. 

Make us an Easter people,

rejoicing in new life,

living always in hope, 

and serving the world with joy.


Hymn:  VU# 173 “Thine is the Glory” 

Commissioning and Benediction

 Amen!  Amen!

Hallelujah Amen! (3X) VU# 974


Next week lectionary:

Acts 5:27-32

Psalm 150 (VU p. 874-875)

Revelation 1:4-8

John 20:19-31

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