Bulletin: Easter 2018

Bulletin: Easter 2018

PRELUDE MUSIC (a time for silent reflection)

 

Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G Major                                       J.S. Bach

Joseph Staten, cello

 

Now is Christ Risen from the Dead                        Aloys Ottenwälder

Joseph Staten, cello

Melody Quah, organ

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

HYMN #207 BLUE                           Jesus Christ is Risen Today, v. 1-3

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

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!

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!

 

OPENING ACCLAMATION

Celebrant   Alleluia! Christ is risen.

People        The Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia!

Beloved God, as we approach your Presence, guide and stir us with your Holy Spirit, that we may become one body, one spirit in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

 

SONG OF PRAISE                                                    Christ is Alive, v. 1

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. His cross stands empty to the sky. Let streets and homes with praises ring. His love in death shall never die.

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Celebrant            The Lord be with you.

People                  And also with you.

Celebrant            Let us pray.

Celebrant

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

 A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles                           10:34-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Reader       The Word of the Lord.

People        Thanks be to God.

 

Let us say together Psalm 118                                             1-2, 14-24

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

2Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

14The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.

15There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly;

16the right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.”

17I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.

18The Lord has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death.

19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

20This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.

21I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

22The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

23This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  

 

HYMN #204 BLUE                        Now the Green Blade Riseth v. 1-3

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain, wheat that in dark earth many days has lain; love lives again, that with the dead has been: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

 In the grave they laid him, Love whom hate had slain, thinking that never he would wake again, laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain, he that for three days in the grave had lain, quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

 

THE GOSPEL                                                                         Mark 16:1-8

Celebrant   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

People        Glory to you, Lord Christ.

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. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 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. 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.” 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.

Celebrant   The Gospel of the Lord.

People        Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

SERMON                                                                                 Pastor Neil

 

THE NICENE CREED (please stand)

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Celebrant

Let us pray that the fruits of Christ’s resurrection may be seen throughout the world.

 

Leader

Lord God, our loving heavenly Father, we thank and praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Your Son, our Passover Lamb, has taken away the sin of the world. Forgive us and all people. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Your Son said, “Peace be with you.” Bring your peace to the world and to our own country. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Your Son appeared to Mary Magdalene when she was weeping. Comfort those who are sad, lonely, or grieving. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Your Son met the women and asked them to tell the disciples about his resurrection. Guide Christians everywhere to witness to the resurrection in their lives. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Your Son proclaimed himself to his followers and made himself known to them in the breaking of the bread. Reveal him to us and all people through the teaching of your word and the celebration of your holy meal. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Your Son strengthened the faith of Thomas by telling him to touch his hands and side. Reassure those who are troubled by doubts, and strengthen their faith in your goodness.Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Your Son conquered death by his death and won the victory by his resurrection. Be with those who are dying, and lead them to life with you forever. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We especially pray for those we name now…(please add your petitions)

Celebrant

Heavenly Father, grant that all who now celebrate these joyful holy days here on earth may finally praise you forever, with all the angels and saints in heaven. We ask this through your risen Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

THE PEACE

Celebrant   The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People        And also with you.

(Please greet one another in the name of the Lord.)

 

OFFERTORY SENTENCE

Celebrant

Let us with gladness present the offerings and gifts of our life and labor to the Lord. (Please be seated)

 

OFFERTORY MUSIC

Le Cygne (The Swan)                                         Camille Saint-Saëns

Joseph Staten, cello

Melody Quah, piano

 

PRESENTATION HYM  #210 BLUE          The Day of Resurrection v. 1

The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad, the Passover of gladness, the Passover of God. From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky, our Christ hath brought us over with hymns of victory.

 

 THE HOLY COMMUNION

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

Celebrant            The Lord be with you.

People                 And also with you.

Celebrant            Lift up your hearts.

People                 We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant            Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People                 It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant will chant:

It is indeed right and salutary … (preface continues) …we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

SANCTUS                                                                                     S-130

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest, Hosanna in the highest.

Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God. To deliver us from the power of sin and death and to reveal the riches of your grace, you gave us your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the night before he died for us, Jesus was at table with his friends. He took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to them, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine. Again, he gave thanks to you, gave it to them, and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

ACCLAMATION OF FAITH (said together)

We now obey your Son’s command. We recall his blessed passion and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension; and we look for the coming of his Kingdom.

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him.

Made one with him, we offer you these gifts and with them ourselves a single, holy, living sacrifice. Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation, and remembering Christ, crucified and risen, who was and is and is to come, we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine, and ourselves, a living sacrifice.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. Amen.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

THE LORD’S PRAYER (traditional)

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 for ever and ever.  Amen.

PRE-COMMUNION ANTHEM                                               S-164

Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer, redeemer of the world: give us your peace, give us your peace. 

The gifts of God for the people of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

WELCOME TO THE TABLE

All are welcome to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, without exception. The usher will direct you when to come forward (those in the back of the room come first). Cup your hands together to receive the bread and when the wine is offered, either dip your wafer in the wine or assist the chalice bearer to guide the cup to your lips. Alternately, you may cross your hands over your chest to indicate you wish a blessing from the priest. The elements will be brought to those who are unable to come forward.

COMMUNION MUSIC

THE THANKSGIVING   

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

THE BLESSING

Sisters and brothers, we go out into the world in peace, as part of God’s beloved community. May God help us all to be of good courage, hold on to what is good, return to no one an evil for an evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, aid the suffering, honor all people, and let our gentleness be known by everyone. May God, who raised our Lord Jesus from death, lift us up and restore us to wholeness. And may God bless us all, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Amen.

 

HYMN # 308 RED                                                Thine Be the Glory

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

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

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

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. (Refrain)

 

THE DISMISSAL

Celebrant   Go in peace to love and serve the Lord by loving and serving each other and the world. Alleluia, Alleluia!

People        Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

 

POSTLUDE

Aufschwung (Soaring) from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12     R. Schumann     Melody Quah, piano

Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C Major        J.S. Bach       Joseph Staten, cello

 

 

GUEST MUSICIAN:

Joseph Staten is a senior at the Peabody Conservatory, where he studies with Amit Peled and serves as his assistant in teaching technique class. He has served as principal cellist of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the Peabody Concert Orchestra, and the Philharmonic at the Manhattan School of Music precollege.

At 14, Joseph was awarded his solo debut with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and has since performed with numerous ensembles, most notably with the Peabody Symphony under Leon Fleisher, and a solo appearance in Tel Aviv at the Keshet Eilon International Mastercourse Gala Concert. Joseph has attended The Heifetz International Music Institute, The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Lev Aaronson Memorial Cello Festival, and performs regularly with such ensembles as the Peabody Peled Cello Gang and the Mt. Vernon Virtuosi. He has played in both masterclasses and other events for Lynn Harrell, Julia Lichten, Ralph Kirshbaum, Zuill Bailey, Jeffery Solow, Norman Fischer, and others.

Joseph enjoys reading about wristwatches and cars, and practices Vipassana. He plays on a cello by Gebrüder Schuster ca. 1891

 

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