April 4, 2021

Ringing of the Church Bell and Lighting of the Altar Candles (And a Candle at Home) 10 AM

Thought for the week: “Living is a form of not being sure. Not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you die a little…we may be wrong, but [let us] take leap afer leap in the dark.” (Agnes DeMille, 1905-1913)

Gathering Hymn:       “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”      No. 302 UMH

Christ the Lord is Risen today!  Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens 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 a gain our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting?  Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave?  Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

Apostles Creed – Call to Worship: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; **; 

On the third day, He arose from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the Forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the body, and the Life Everlasting.  Amen. 

Prayer for Illumination: Send Your Spirit to fill our lives with Your love, that we may not only hear but also do Your Word.  Amen  (Ruth C. Duck, USA, 20th Century)

Scripture Reading:       Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24     Barbara Peterson

Opening Hymn:       “Christ is Risen” / “Christo Vive”       No. 313 UMH

Christ is risen, Christ is living, dry your tears, be unafraid!  Death and darkness could not hold him, nor the tomb in which he lay.  Do not look among the dead for one who lives forever more; tell the world that Christ is risen, make it known he goes before. 

!Cristo vive, fuera el llanto, los la mentos y el pesar!  Ni la muerte ni el sepulcro lo han podido sujetar.  No busqueis entre los muertos al que siempre ha de vivir,   !Cristo vive! estas nuevas por doquier dejad oir.

Que si Cristo no viviera vana fuera nuestra fe; mas se cumple su promesa: ‘Poque vivo, vivireis.’  Si en Adan entro la muerte, por Jesus la vida entro; no temais, el triunfo es vuestro:  !El Senor resucito!

If the Lord had never risen, we’d have nothing to believe; but his promise can be trusted: “You will live, because I live.”  As we share the death of Adam, so in Christ we live again; death has lost its sting and terror, Christ the Lord has come to reign.  

Chancel Choir Anthem:        “Alleluia”    Randall Thompson

Children’s Sermon:    Susan Johnson

The Lord’s Prayer:     No. 895 UMH    

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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.  

Padre Nuestro:

Padre nuestro, que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre. Venga tu reino; hágase tu voluntad, en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día, y perdona nuestras ofensas como nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. Y no nos metas en tentación, mas líbranos del mal. Porque tuyo es el reino, y el poder, y la gloria por los siglos. Amén.

Scripture Reading:       Acts 10:34-43     Gary Bergthold

Offertory:      Joy Asenas

Doxology:        “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”     No. 94

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! 

Alleluia!  Praise God, the source of all our gifts!  Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!  Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia! 

Prayer of Dedication:

Give me a pure heart, that I may see thee; a humble heart, that I may hear thee; a heart of love, that I may serve thee; a heart of faith, that I may abide in thee.  Amen.  (Dag Hammerskjold, Sweden, 20th century)

Scripture Reading:       I Corinthians 15:1-11     Ernestine Stansbery

Hymn of Preparation:     “Hymn of Promise”     No. 707 UMH

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 resurection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

Scripture Reading:        Mark 16:1-8

Homily:       “Change of Plans”     Rev. Bethany Carpenter

Prayer of Confession:  (From the Book of Common Prayer) 

Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, 

and in what we have left undone.

For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; 

and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name.  Amen

Holy Communion at HOME: Bread, Liquid, Candle.

Response 1: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might.  Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Response 2: Christ has died, Christ is risen,  Christ will come again!

Response 3: Amen, Amen, Amen.

Prayer for Going Forth: Let me be full, let me be empty.  Let me have all things, let me have nothing.  I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.  And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine and I am thine.  So be it.  And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.  Amen (John Wesley, England, 1700’s; from No. 607 UMH)

Bardsdale Closing Song:                                                                      

May the God of Peace be with you, holding you in strong fingered hands, and may you be an instrument of God’s peace, to those whose hands you hold, and may the blessings of peace, be with you, be with you, be with you. (Edited by Roberta Palmer) 

Here is the link for the April 11 worship:  calpacumc.org/april11