Easter Sunday April 4, 2021

Prayer for Peace & Lighting of Peace Candle  VT 894

Leader: O Prince of Peace,  from peace that is no peace, from the grip of all that is evil, from a violent righteousness . . .

People: deliver us.

Leader: From paralysis of will, from lies and misnaming, from terror of truth . . .

People: deliver us.

Leader: From hardness of heart, from trading in slaughter, from the worship of death . . .

People: deliver us.

Leader: By the folly of your gospel, by your choosing our flesh, by your nakedness and pain . . .

People: heal us.

Leader: By your weeping over the city, by your refusal of the sword, by your facing of horror . . .

People: heal us.

Leader: By your bursting from the tomb, by your coming in judgment, by your longing for peace . . .

People: heal us.

All: Grant us peace. Amen.

Hymn  Low in the grave He lay  VT 333

Call to Worship 

Leader:  Alleluia! Christ is risen!
People:  Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Opening Hymn    Christ has arisen, alleluia! VT 341

Sharing and Prayer (see the beginning of the morning meditation attached to email)

Blessing of the Offering

Children’s Story – “Jesus Resurrection Children’s Lesson”

Hymn – Thine is the glory    VT 355

Scripture        Mark 16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But 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. But 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.” So 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.

Meditation   “Laying aside despair”      by Pastor Rose Marie (see attachment to email)

Hymn of Response      Christ is risen! Shout hosanna! VT 354

Benediction    VT 908

From all that is broken,

let there be beauty.

From what is torn, jagged,

ripped, frayed,

let there be

not just mendings

but meetings unimagined.

May the God in whom

nothing is wasted

gather up every scrap,

every shred and shard,

and make of them

new paths,

doorways,

worlds.