EASTER ACCLAMATION – “O Radiant Light” – from the Work of the People
CALL TO WORSHIP
Do Not Be Afraid: Jesus is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia
Call to Reconciliation
Prayer of Confession
Unable to gather together, still on this day, as we walk through the shadows of our lives, we come to you, God who dispels our fears. Too often, we believe our foolishness is hidden from you; too often, we stand before the open door of hope, wondering if we dare enter. Uncertain of the good news offered to us, we would rather return to the comfort of our familiar ways rather than trusting in you.
Yet you come, as persistent as Mary at the tomb, to open the gates of hope, so we might walk in the gardens of hope; you come, to open the gates of grace, so we might plant peace in the wilderness of the world, you come, to open the gates of resurrection so we might know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Silence is kept
Assurance of Pardon
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Church Members and Family
Rob Dudley, Bonnie Jones Coates, Victoria Mitchell, Donnie McIntyre, Deb Young, Juanita Wilburn, Cordie Daughtry, Jean McLaurin, Scottie Godwin, Danielle Rea, Tracey Gardner, Vann Gurganus, Vernon Williford, James Carter, Glen Godwin, Wesley Turner, Randy Gillmore, Frankie McLaurin, Roye Bostick, Tonya Young, Johnny Carter, Margaret Barnes, Barbara Lloyd, Tommy Menefee
Doris Starling, Faye Lucas
Sybil Lucas (Hillside, Wake Forest), Doris Moore (Bethesda, Eastover), Mac Williams (Elmcroft, Hillsborough)
Friends of the Church
Allen Hudson, Sarah Burchett, Waylon Mitchell, Lois McLamb, Bill Norman, Ronnie Whitman, Michelle Fitzgerald, Ben Buchanan, Wilda Mae Stewart, Phyllis Matthews, Wingate Collier, Richard Crunkleton, Pam Thompson, Wade Hall, Norman Hall, Vivian Smith, Camrin Hales, Janet Collier, Lynne Laber, Becky Hill, Andy Lepper, Judy Burge, Nancy Watts, Theresa Hall, Clark Young, Eula Hall, Lamar Smith, Gary Thornton, Donnie White, Anna Corbin, Barry Helms
Ashleigh Aponte (FTCC), Ashlyn Hall (ECU), Katie Murphy (William Peace), Casey Williford (FTCC)
Tripp Lloyd (Army), Joshua Taylor (Afghanistan)
The family of Jo Ann Kinlaw Cisson
Our father, who art in Heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.
Scripture Reading: John 20:1-18
Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him.” Peter and the other disciple left to go to the tomb. They were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and was the first to arrive at the tomb. Bending down to take a look, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he didn’t go in. Following him, Simon Peter entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. He also saw the face cloth that had been on Jesus’ head. It wasn’t with the other clothes but was folded up in its own place. Then the other disciple, the one who arrived at the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. They didn’t yet understand the scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to the place where they were staying.
Mary stood outside near the tomb, crying. As she cried, she bent down to look into the tomb. She saw two angels dressed in white, seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and one at the foot. The angels asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
She replied, “They have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve put him.” As soon as she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she replied, “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 and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabbouni” (which means Teacher).
Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold on to me, for I haven’t yet gone up to my Father. Go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, ‘I’m going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” Then she told them what he said to her.
Sermon – “I’ve Seen the Lord” – Rev. Meg Lindsay Dudley
The Session met on Monday, May 4 and decided to continue online worship until Phase 2 of North Carolina’s plan and then pick up worship in person with modifications for safety. If you have any ideas or concerns, please contact Pastor Meg or Walker Rea as we put together a plan.
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