Parkview United Church Easter Sunday service to participate in at your home.
We Celebrate our Risen Christ! April 12, 2020
WELCOME TO WORSHIP
INTROIT & LIGHT CHRIST CANDLE (please light a candle where you are worshiping)
Give thanks to the risen Christ;
Give praise to God’s name.
One: Jesus Christ is the Light of the World.
All: Thanks be to God!
CALL TO WORSHIP:
We celebrate Easter with our risen Christ! Hallelujah!
We come to worship.
HYMN: VU #155, Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Jesus Christ is risen today, Hallelujah!
our triumphant holy day, Hallelujah!
who did once, upon the cross, Hallelujah!
suffer to redeem our loss. Hallelujah!
Hymns of praise then let us sing Hallelujah!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Hallelujah!
who endured the cross and grave, Hallelujah!
sinners to redeem and save. Hallelujah!
But the pains which He endured, Hallelujah!
our salvation have procured; Hallelujah!
now above the sky He’s King, Hallelujah!
where the angels ever sing. Hallelujah!
Sing we to our God above, Hallelujah!
praise eternal as God’s love; Hallelujah!
praise our God, ye heavenly host, Hallelujah!
praise the Son and Holy Ghost. Hallelujah!
PRAYER OF PRAISE: (In unison)
Loving and ever-present God,
We celebrate Easter!
We celebrate our risen Christ!
We celebrate Jesus our Lord and Saviour!
We now know that nothing separates us from your love in this world or the next.
Your Presence is ever with us.
We give you glory and praise!
We celebrate the wondrous message of Easter resurrection. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION: (In unison)
Lord Jesus, we hear the promise of resurrection and everlasting life in your words, and we ask – is it possible? Is it true? Help us to answer: “Lord, we believe, help our unbelief!” With the hundreds of eye-witness accounts of your resurrection, the evidence appears substantiated. But we confess our weakness to doubt more than believe. Help us to trust! Help us to trust in the miracle of Easter. Reveal your truths afresh, we pray. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3: 16. God’s grace is abundant and everlasting. Praise be to Jesus who opened the Way! Nothing in this world or the next will ever separate us from the eternal love of God and Jesus His Son. Praise be to Jesus our Lord and Saviour! Thanks be to God.
SUNG RESPONSE: “Love Led Him to Calvary”
Love led him to Cal-va-ry, Love led him to Cal-va-ry,
God’s grace was shown, When Christ died a-lone,
Love led him to Cal-va-ry.
HYMN: VU#703, In the Bulb There is a Flower
In the bulb there is a flower;
in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise:
butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.
There’s a song in every silence,
seeking word and melody;
there’s a dawn in every darkness,
bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future;
what it holds, a mystery,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.
In our end is our beginning;
in our time, infinity;
in our doubt there is believing;
in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection;
at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.
Activity: Blossoming the Cross
Because Jesus rose from the tomb, he turned the ugliness of the cross into a thing of beauty. We take the empty cross and we “blossom” it with flowers. This represents the new life Jesus brings. Resurrection means life from death. Jesus says: “Behold, I make all things new!” Revelation 21:5.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5: 17. Christ’s Spirit lives! Hallelujah! And we blossom in His love.
John 20: 1-18
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
ALL: May these words of scripture speak to our hearts and minds. Amen
MESSAGE: Jesus is Alive!
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:
God of resurrection,
You have rolled the stone away
and the tomb of our world has been opened wide.
With the dawn has come a new creation.
Let our celebration today empty our tombs,
renew our lives,
and release your power,
through the risen Christ we pray. Amen.
We remember the prayer Jesus taught us to say:
THE LORD’S PRAYER.
OFFERING: With glad and joyful hearts this Easter Day, we present our offerings.
(Please retain your offerings and bring to the church when it is safe to do so.)
OFFERING HYMN: VU#541, Praise God Whom All Blessings Flow
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.
OFFERING PRAYER: (In unison)
Gracious God, on this Easter Day we offer our love and gratitude. Christ’s ultimate gift of his life given to all humanity increases our love for others. May his Reign increase in our world. Accept our gifts, we pray, to the service of His Kingdom. Amen.
*CLOSING HYMN: VU#164, The Day of Resurrection
The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;
the passover of gladness, the passover of God!
From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,
our Christ has brought us over with hymns of victory.
Our hearts be free of evil, that we may see aright
the Christ in rays eternal of resurrection light,
and, listening to the accents, may hear, so calm and plain Christ’s own “All hail!” and, hearing, may raise the victor strain.
Now let the heavens be joyful, let earth the song begin,
the round world keep high triumph, and all that is therein;
let all things seen and unseen their notes in gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord is risen, our joy that has no end.
COMMISSIONING: Celebrate Easter! Celebrate Jesus our risen Lord and Saviour!
May the love of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with each of you this day and evermore. Amen.
*CHORALBLESSING: “Go Now in Peace”
Go now in peace. Ne-ver be a-fraid.
God will go with you each hour of ev-‘ry day.
Go now in faith, stead-fast, strong and true.
Know he will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you be-lieve.
Reach out to oth-ers so all the world can see.
God will be there watch-ing from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.
A-men, A-men, A-men.
UPDATED OFFICE HOURS DURING CHURCH CLOSURE
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Closed Easter Monday Rev. Mary is working at home and available by phone at 519-272-0371.
PARKVIEW UNITED CHURCH LIFE
Please keep the following people in your prayers:
Betty Jordan, ongoing treatments
Wilma McCaig, in Cedarcroft
Randy Sutton & Kennedy Gilby (Randy’s great-niece)
Amy McDonnell, Ross & Barb Bode’s daughter
Donna Attridge, at home (daughter-in-law of Shirley Attridge)
UPCOMING EVENTS AND CANCELLATIONS Tuesday, April 14th – Praise Band performance at Spruce Lodge at 7:00 p.m. – Cancelled
Monday, May 11th – UCW Meeting at 1:00 p.m.- Cancelled
Your Easter Invitation to Gratitude and Generosity!
In this Eastertide, signs of new life are more and more apparent. The snow recedes, new growth appears. And in our life together as a church, Easter arrives again. We are an Easter people, and even in a time of crisis and uncertainty, we dare to proclaim our faith and our hope in Christ.
Your church continues to follow Jesus together with generosity and gratitude. These days, when we aren’t able to meet physically, are challenging. Yet we can find hope in the ways our church has come together to offer new ways of worshiping and supporting those in need. Our ministry continues and your gifts are making a difference today, serving the vulnerable and reaching out to the lonely.
We take this new reality seriously. Many face new financial hardships due to work disruptions, illness, and caring for family members. Others find new joy in offering support to neighbours. Within the community of Jesus, all gifts are a sign of faith and an act of generosity to be celebrated.
And this is why we invite you to prayerfully consider the gifts you may offer this Eastertide. What are you grateful for, and what can you share? How can you use those gifts to love God and your neighbour today?
A discipleship of generosity is our Christian antidote to fear and anxiety. Generosity is how the community of Jesus cares for each other and those around us. Your gifts of time, talent and treasure allows God’s love to grow in the world and in our local community. By offering your gifts through your congregation, you are responding to Christ’s new life by putting your faith into action.
Jesus continues to break into this world in new and surprising ways. May we be aware of the opportunities to live Christ’s resurrection life today; to be grace, hope and love in the lives of those around us.
Thank you for your generosity. And thank you for your hope in life renewed.
In our end is our beginning, in our time, infinity;
in our doubt there is believing, in our life, eternity,
in our death, a resurrection, at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. -Natalie Sleeth, 1986 (Voices United 703)
Generosity in our Congregation Looks Like:
Gifts of Money:
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Mail to: Parkview United Church, 470 Ontario St., Stratford N5A 3K2
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