ORDER OF WORSHIP – APRIL 12 – EASTER SUNDAY
PRELUDE-Christ the Lord is Risen Today – Donna Jo Mangus
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CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Early in the morning,
Women: Fearful but faithful,
Men: Dubious and doubting,
All: We came to the garden …
Women: We expected only silencebut we heard the voice of angels;
Men: We did not understandbut we found our hope rekindled;
All: We came to attend to a corpse but instead we encountered Life!
Leader: Christ is Risen!All: He is risen indeed!
Opening Song – “Alive, Alive” – Lilly Walker
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Jesus, through your committed living and dying, you show us the possibilities of love and reveal the first fruits of your Kingdom; We confess that all too often we have let self-preservation smother love and defy the rule of justice. Jesus, by your patient waiting in the tomb, you show us the possibilities of love and reveal the first fruits of your Kingdom; We confess that all too easily we have let self-interest out-argue love and restrict the reach of liberation. Jesus, in your paradoxical rising from the dead, you show the possibilities of love and reveal the first fruits of your Kingdom; We confess that all too readily we have let self-doubt keep love chained and deny the possibility of transformation.
(moment of silent confession).
Jesus – Incarnate Love, committed, patient and free –Whose resurrection reminds us that the graveyard is also where life begins again: Meets us now in our places of death: touches and transforms us that our lives too might witness to the possibilities of love, and bear the fruits of His Kingdom.
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OFFERTORY/ANTHEM- Rise Again – Donna Jo Mangus
Photos during the song come from past Old Bluff Sunrise Services by Linda Sue Barnes.
Prayer of Dedication
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Church Members and Family
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)
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: mark 16:1-8 (Read by our church members)
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. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 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. 7 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.” 8 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.
Sermon – “He is not Here” – Rev. Meg Lindsay Dudley