Worship Service

Easter (April 12, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God
April 12, 2020
Resurrection of the Lord

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


Trumpet Tune in D
—David N. Johnson (1922–1987)

Preparing to Hear God’s Word


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

Call to Worship
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here. He has been raised!
Let us worship with amazement and great joy.
Let us shout the good news!
Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed!

Hymn 232
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

(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!

Recorded April 21, 2019

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

       Lord Jesus, we confess that we have not lived as Easter people. We are unsure of your promise, confused about your will, and afraid in the face of danger. Like Mary, we weep at the tomb, but do not recognize your presence. Call us by name, risen Lord, that we may know you with confidence. Whenever we are tempted to fear death, give us courage to confess your Easter victory. Whenever we are distracted by conflict, keep our minds on your everlasting love. Whenever we are overwhelmed by the powers beyond our control, remind us again of your triumph over all destructive powers. Forgive us our sin and let our lives be a testimony to your loving, saving power. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


“Alleluia” from Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165
—W.A. Mozart (1756–1791)
Suzanne Karpov Seigart, soprano

Scripture Lessons

Jeremiah 31:1–6
John 20:1–18

Time with Children
Mrs. Noelle Castin
The Cavender Family

Prayer for Illumination

Dr. Robert R. Laha
“Weep No More”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Adapted from A Declaration of Faith, 1977

    We are certain that Jesus lives. He lives as God with us, touching all of human life with the presence of God. He lives as one of us with 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 human 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 now 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

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

    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

(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

Choral Response

“Hallelujah, Amen” from Judas Maccabaeus
—G.F. Handel (1685–1759)
Recorded April 21, 2019


“Toccata” from Symphony 5
—Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)

Suzanne Karpov Seigart, soprano

Brass quintet:
Forest Sonntag and Nic Althouse, trumpet
Mike Hampf, horn
Jen Cox, euphonium
Brian Sands, tuba