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Sunrise at the beach this morning during our Easter sunrise Zoom service. Photo provided by the Cooks.

Invitation to Worship
Today we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Today we are invited to commit or recommit our lives to live the way of Jesus Christ. We renew our commitment to study, to fellowship, to share meals, and to pray together. We renew our commitment to resist evil, and when we do fail, to repent and return to the Lord. We renew our commitment to proclaim the good news of God’s love through Jesus Christ and to be an example of that good news. We renew our commitment to serve Christ in all persons and to love others as ourselves. We renew our commitment to strive for justice and peace among all peoples, and respect the dignity of every human being.

Come let us worship!

Easter Proclamation 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Christ is risen, indeed. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth. But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Beloved One, Jesus Christ our Savior; Christ is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away the sins of the world. By Christ’s dying, death has been destroyed, and by Christ’s rising to life again, everlasting life abounds.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Christ is risen, indeed. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Song of Thanksgiving 
Jesus Christ is Risen Today 
Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739 

Jesus Christ is risen today!  Alleluia! 
All creation join to say: Alleluia! 
Raise your joys and triumphs high: Alleluia! 
Sing, O heav’n, and earth reply:  Alleluia!  

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! 
fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! 
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! 
Christ has opened paradise. Alleluia! 

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! 
where, O death, is now thy sing?  Alleluia! 
Dying once, he all doth save, Alleluia! 
where they victory, O grave? Alleluia! 

Sing we to our God above. Alleluia! 
Praise eternal as God’s love. Alleluia! 
Praise God now, God’s might confess, Alleluia! 
Holy Trinity we bless. Alleluia! 

Opening Prayer 

Almighty God, who through Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of Christ’s resurrection, may be raise from the death of sin by your lifegiving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

Song of Praise 
This, This is the Day 
Composer: Brian Howard 

This, this is the day that the Lord has made. 
This, this is the day that the Lord has made. 
This is the day that the Lord has made; 
let us rejoice and be glad in it. 
This is the day that the Lord has made; 
let us rejoice and be glad in it! 

Great, great is the name, of the Lord our God. 
Great, great is the name of the Lord our God. 
Great is the name of the Lord our God; 
we will rejoice and be glad in him. 
Great is the name of the Lord our God; 
we will rejoice and be glad in him! 

Sing, sing out his praise throughout the land. 
Sing, sing out his praise throughout the land. 
Sing out his praise throughout the land; 
now is the kingdom of God at hand.  
Sing out his praise throughout the land; 
the kingdom of God is at hand! 

Trust, trust in the Lord, all you who sing. 
Trust, trust in the Lord, all you who sing. 
Trust in the Lord, all you who sing,  
giving thanks and praise in ev’rything. 
Trust in the Lord, all you who sing, 
giving thanks and praise in ev’rything! 

Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24 
Common English Bible 

Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, 
    because his faithful love lasts forever. 
Let Israel say it: 
    “God’s faithful love lasts forever!” 

The Lord was my strength and protection; 
    he was my saving help! 
The sounds of joyful songs and deliverance 
    are heard in the tents of the righteous: 
    “The Lord’s strong hand is victorious! 
     The Lord’s strong hand is ready to strike! 
        The Lord’s strong hand is victorious!” 

I won’t die—no, I will live 
    and declare what the Lord has done. 
Yes, the Lord definitely disciplined me, 
    but he didn’t hand me over to death. 

Open the gates of righteousness for me 
    so I can come in and give thanks to the Lord! 
This is the Lord’s gate; 
    those who are righteous enter through it. 

I thank you because you answered me, 
    because you were my saving help. 
The stone rejected by the builders 
    is now the main foundation stone! 
This has happened because of the Lord; 
    it is astounding in our sight! 
This is the day the Lord acted; 
    we will rejoice and celebrate in it! 

Prayer for the Church 

God, Protector of the widow, the orphan, and the stranger –   
in a world where many know despair, 
you raised your Son Jesus to give hope for humanity and renewal to the earth. 
Continue to strengthen and unify your Church 
in its struggles against the forces of death in the world, 
where violence against creation and humanity 
obscures the hope of the new life you offer. 

Silence is kept. 

This we pray in the name of the Risen Lord  
and in the power of the Spirit. Amen. 

Sweet the Morning 
Words and music: Pat Mayberry 
Arranger: David Kai 

Sweet the morning, deep was the dawning, the stone was rolled away. 
Angels spoke to tell them the story, the soldiers ran away. 
And outside the empty tomb, blessed silence filled the air. 
And their hearts were filled with a joy and love to feel Holy there. 

Hallelujah, Christ is risen today, there’s a new light shines within. 
Ev’ry heart rejoice, lift up ev’ry voice. This is resurrection day. 
Hallelujah, Christ is risen today, there’s a new light shines within. 
Ev’ry heart rejoice, lift up ev’ry voice. Love has found another way. 
Tears had fallen, rivers to ocean they took his life away. 

Sorrow sifted deep to the shadows, and broke their hearts again. 
Till they heard a voice that called, just a whisper on the air, 
There is Life for all and the Spirit lives, a gift for all to share. 


Sweet the morning, deep was the dawning the stone was rolled away. 
Light returning, sun soaked the morning and washed their tears away. 
Holy One, Creator God, You the Healer of our souls, 
May You gentle us into faith and hope, to Life renewed once more. 


Mark 16:1-8
Common English Bible 

Listen to the gospel being read and/or read below.

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. They were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. (And it was a very large stone!) Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled. But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him. Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” Overcome with terror and dread, they fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. 

Reflection on the Scriptures 
Rev. Jeffrey Vickery 

Listen to a recording of Jeffrey’s reflection from our outdoor 2pm worship service.

Song of Faith    
Women Weeping in the Garden 
Words: Daniel Charles Damon Tune: KAKIS (Damon) 

Woman, weeping in the garden, who has pushed the stone aside? 
Who has taken Jesus’ body; Jesus Christ, the crucified? 

Woman, waiting in the garden, after men have come and gone;  
After angels give their witness, silently you watch the dawn. 

Woman, walking in the garden, Jesus takes you by surprise; 
When the gardener calls you, “Mary!” faith and joy meet in your eyes. 

Woman, weeping in the garden, weep for joy, for you have seen 
Jesus, the Messiah, risen; Christ, of whom the prophets dream. 

Woman, dancing from the garden, find the others and proclaim 
Christ is risen as he promised; tell the world he knew your name! 


May the God of peace, who brought from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, make you perfect in every good work to do God’s will, working in you that which is well pleasing in God’s sight; and the blessing of the most holy, glorious, and undivided Trinity, one God, be upon you and remain with you forever. Amen. 

Go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia! 

Blest Be the Tie 
Words: John Fawcett 
Tune: DENNIS (Nägeli) 

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love.  
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above. 

When we are called to part, it gives us inward pain;  
but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.  

This glorious hope revives our courage by the way;  
while each in expectation lives and waits to see the day. 

The Easter proclamation comes from The Nebraska Breviary of the Community of the Benedictine Way, Incarnation Monastery, Omaha, Nebraska. 

The prayer for the church comes from Resources for The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and Throughout the Year (2011), documents/p2/2010/WOP2011eng.pdf  jointly prepared and published by The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and The Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.  Posted on

The hymns were sung by Mindy. The anthem was sung by Laura, Elizabeth, Ally, Tonya, and Mindy. The guitar is played by Mindy’s brother Josh on This, This is the Day and by Rachel, Mindy’s sister-in-law on Sweet the Morning and Women Weeping in the Garden. The flute was played electronically by Mindy. The acoustic and digital piano was played by Tonya.

Permission to print the words to the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-724755. All rights reserved. All writings have been used by permission from the posting sites or authors. 

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