Worship Service

Resurrection of the Lord (April 4, 2021)

Service for the Worship of God

To learn more about today’s choir and organ music, click here for notes from Musical Director and Organist Dr. Steven Seigart.

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Click here for the list of Easter flower dedications.


“Wie will ich mich freuen” from Cantata 147
J. S. Bach (1685‒1750)

Dr. Robert R. Laha

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!


An Easter Introit
—Steven Seigart (b. 1990)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text from Luke 24:34 and Revelation 1:6

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Andre-Colton and Jarecki Families

Early in the morning light,
the women went to Jesus’ tomb.
The tomb was empty, the stone rolled away,
for God’s love is stronger than death itself.
Let us join our voices with Mary Magdalene:
“We have seen the Lord!”
Easter people, Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed!

Hymn 232
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
easter hymn

1. Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

2. Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

3. But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured. Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

4. Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
praise eternal as God’s love. Alleluia!
Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

Prayer of Confession
Dr. Robert R. Laha

O God, you raised Christ from the tomb and shattered the powers of sin and evil. Raise us from the tombs of our sin, O Lord, and bring us to new life in you. You bring us good news of Easter joy. Forgive us when we cannot hear it. You send us out to share your love. Forgive us when we cannot carry it. You cast a vision for peace and justice. Forgive us when we cannot imagine it. Forgive us when we stand in its way. For you are the God of the empty tomb, the one who makes all things new. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


“Hallelujah” from Messiah
—G. F. Handel (1685‒1759)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text from Revelation 19:6, 11:15, and 19:16

Scripture Lesson
Dr. Robert R. Laha
Mark 16:1‒8

Time with Children
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Dr. Robert R. Laha
“A Step Ahead”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry
Adapted from A Declaration of Faith, 1977

We are certain Jesus lives. He lives as God with us, touching all of human life with the presence of God. Because he shares our humanity and has bound us to himself in love, we have an advocate in the innermost life of God.

We declare that Jesus is Lord. His resurrection is a decisive victory over the powers that deform and destroy life. His lordship is hidden. The world appears to be dominated by people and systems that do not acknowledge his rule. But his lordship is real. It demands our loyalty and sets us free from the fear of all lesser lords who threaten us. We maintain that ultimate sovereignty belongs to Jesus Christ in every sphere of life. Jesus is Lord! He has been Lord from the beginning. He will be Lord at the end. Even now he is Lord.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Ann Herlin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

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; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn 238
Thine Is the Glory
judas maccabeus

1. Thine is the glory,
risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory
thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment
rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes
where thy body lay.

Thine is the glory
risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory
thou o’er death hast won.

2. Lo! Jesus meets us,
risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us,
scatters fear and gloom.
Let the church with gladness
hymns of triumph sing,
for the Lord now liveth;
death hath lost its sting.

3. No more we doubt thee,
glorious Prince of life!
Life is naught without thee;
aid us in our strife.
Make us more than conquerors
through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan
to thy home above.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha


“Toccata” from Symphony 5
—Charles-Marie Widor (1844‒1937)
Soloists: Suzanne Karpov Seigart, soprano; Elise Jenkins, alto; James Huchla, tenor; Mike Rowan, bass
Brass quintet: Forrest Sonntag and Nic Althouse, trumpet; Mike Hampf, horn; Jen Cox, euphonium; Brian Sands, tuba

Thank you to those who dedicated flowers this Easter.

In memory of …

  • Meeting House members Howard Clark, Lee Palmer, Temple Whitson, and Floyd Williams, who have entered the Church Triumphant
  • Dear friends and teachers Carvel Markley and Ken Mathews, by Skip and Nancy Bea
  • Richard and Sylvia Beam, by Larry and Terri Beam
  • David Thomas, by Larry and Terri Beam
  • Frances Gilbert Browne, by Paul and Anne Browne
  • Howard Sidney Waddell, Jr., by Paul and Anne Browne
  • Parents George and Catherine, brother Robert, and sister Barbara, by Catherine Davis
  • Carl and June Elder and Mary and Willett Elmore, by Tim, Judi, Beth, and Cate Elmore
  • Their parents, by Debbie and Mike Farmer
  • Steven Feaver, by Doug and Judy Feaver
  • Her brother, Jerry Amspacher, by Judy Feaver
  • Steve and Margaret Gibson, by Paul and Martha Gibson
  • Jeannette and Walt Smalling, by Paul and Martha Gibson
  • Craig R. Powell, by Mary, Mattie, and Lizzie
  • Benjamin Laha, by Lynda and Grace Laha
  • Bob and Elmina Laha and Muggs Schield by Rocky and Sally Laha
  • Rob and Ben Laha by Sally, Rocky, and Jenny, Lynda, and Grace
  • Alden Edward Olson, by William Edward Olson and Michael Edward Olson
  • Their parents, by Beth and Jim Roberts
  • Jerry L. Honegger and Wade and Nancy Surratt, by Dara, Derrick, Caroline, and Emily Surratt
  • Our grandparents, George and Lavina Staley, Lee and Catherine Fuhrman, Bob and Jean Herlin, and George and Mildred Pollard, by Terry, Ann, Leah, and Benjamin
  • Libby Whitesides, by Margaret Whitesides

In honor of …

  • Mothers Mary Ellen Heaton and Evelyn Bea, by Nancy and Skip Bea
  • Parents Tom and Jan Brewer, by Rob, Lottie, Katerina, and Johann Brewer
  • Parents Larry and Peggy Toney, by Rob, Lottie, Katerina, and Johann Brewer
  • The Meeting House staff, by the Elmore Family
  • Meeting House pastors and staff, by Susan Grandy and David Cotton
  • Lizzie and Mattie Powell, by Mary Hill
  • The staff, officers, and members of the Meeting House by Rocky and Sally Laha
  • Jenny Laha by Sally and Rocky Laha
  • Steven Seigart and her fellow choir songbirds, by Patricia McCrary
  • Their children, Ellen and Justin, and four grandchildren, by Patricia and Peyton McCrary
  • Her sister, Anita Geffinger, by Annmarie Pittman
  • Their children and grandchildren, by Beth and Jim Roberts
  • Their grandchildren and the birth of our first great-grandchild, Davis Hudson King, by Larry and Jean Rood
  • Handley and Mildred Ward, by Clifford and Ginger Wilkening
  • Their grandchildren, by Allan and Susan Winn