Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday

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“The older I get the more deeply I believe, but the less beliefs I have.”

                                                                                    Bishop John Spong

Greeter                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Prelude:                        “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” – organ arrangement by Stan Pethel, Organist, Steve Wysocki

                  “Revelation Song” – led by Enid Rank, Deb Wysocki, Brad Wagner, and Kurt Rank

 

Welcome                     No matter who you are or where you are on your journey,        you are welcome here!

 

We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence

Chime

Prayer

 

Gathering Song:          “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” – led by Sharon and Aaron Harley    Olivia Harley, trumpet and Jonah Harley, trombone

WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD

First Reading: Acts 10:34-43                                        Enid Rank

Peter crosses the immense religious and social boundary that separates Jews from Gentiles in order to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, so that God’s forgiveness in Jesus’ name would reach out to all people.

34Peter began to speak to [the people]: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

“Go!”

Gospel: Mark 16:1-8

The resurrection of Jesus is announced, and the response is one of terror and amazement, and telling nothing to anyone.

1When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ body]. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.

Message

Message Song                           “Come People of the Risen King” – led by CLC Praise Band   Singers-Enid Rank, Deb Wysocki, Brad Wagner, and Kurt Rank   Bass- Monica Wagner   Strings – Many Mayer  Keyboard- Steve Wysocki   Drum Set – Brandon Rank

 

Prayers of Intercession                                                  Dennis Raudenbush

Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.

A brief silence.

Fill your church with the power of your love that is stronger than death. Send us to tell the good news of God’s presence with us, wherever death holds sway.

God of new life, Jesus will shine through us.

Fill all of creation with your Spirit.  Bring creation to blossom and flourish; use it to remind us of your persistent grace. Cultivate our care for what you have made.

God of new life, Jesus will shine through us.

Fill the nations with your peace. Draw together people of all nations and languages; reveal new possibilities and inspire new beginnings.

God of new life, Jesus will shine through us.

Fill all in need with hope: those who are afraid or confused, those who are sick or suffering, those who are dying, and those who grieve (especially Mary Ann and Ester, Geoff Baer, Timmy Henn, Jr., Andrea & Jerry, Hugh, Jane Atherholt, Linda, Leo, Mel, Kristen, Tim M., Bill & Donna, Dawn & Kay G., Norine, Joe and Debbie). Assure them of your promises.

God of new life, Jesus will shine through us.

Hospitalized this week: Al Horvath, Be Linney, Jon Conover, Sam L.

Condolences to the family and friends of Dale Kichline, who passed away on April 1, 2021.

Fill this assembly with joy as we are called your beloved in baptism. Multiply that joy so that we share it at home, at work, and in our community.

God of new life, Jesus will shine through us.

In the hope of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Vocal Ensemble:              “Resurrection” – Stan Pethel    Sung by Sandy Richard, Deb Wysocki, Kathie Jones, Randy Raab, Steve Wysocki

Statement of Faith:

We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

         We believe in God: Who has created and is creating, Who has come in Jesus, the word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, Who works in us and others as the Spirit.  We trust in God.  We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to love and save others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.  In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us, We are not alone.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

“Sanctuary” ~ Led by Greg and Judy Clemens

Words of Institution                                                                 Mark 14:22-24 (NRSV)

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it.    He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.

We gather at this table and  remember how on the night when Jesus was handed over,  he gathered with his disciples in the upper room and together they shared in an ordinary meal that had extraordinary implications.

For at this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who betrayed him.

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who denied him.

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with  those who fled from him in his time

            of  need. 

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with people from all walks of life.

And so whenever we gather at this table to share the bread and the cup in this community of faith, we proclaim Jesus’ life, which affirms there is a place at the table for all people, for the love of God transcends every power that tries to contain it.

The Awakening Church Service

 

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                  Kathie Jones                                                                                 

The Body of Christ Given for you.

The Blood of Christ Shed for you.

With this piece of bread and sip of wine we remember Jesus

Post Communion Prayer

Gracious God, as we received this bread and wine, we receive the presence and life of Christ within us so that the spirit of Christ might work through us. Amen

Closing Hymn                Alleluia, Jesus is Risen!”  – led by Sharon and Aaron Harley  Trumpet, Olivia Harley   Trombone, Jonah Harley                                                 

Benediction                               “Go In Peace to Serve the Lord” – led by CLC Praise Team  frame drum by Brad Wagner

Dismissal:    Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.                 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Coffee Hour