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Easter Morning Worship Service
Leigh Sinclair
Leigh Sinclair
Sunday, April 9, 2023
Order of Service
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Prelude (Colin Bonneau)  
Prelude (Mark Baerends)


Call to Worship (verses from Matthew 28)
After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, 
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 
And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 
But the angel said to the women, 
‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 
He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. 
Come, see the place where he lay. 
Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 
“He has been raised from the dead, and indeed Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” 
So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and began to run to tell his disciples. 
Suddenly Jesus met them and said, 
And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. 
Then Jesus said to them,
 ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my followers I am alive!  Go to Galilee; there they will see me.’


Opening Hymn: VU # 155 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

Adult Anthem: Early in the Morning on Easter Day

Reading from Scripture:
John 20: 11-21
We respond:
In ages past, disciples, prophets, priests and historians wrote down their faith.  
This is a faithful witness of our ancestors.  
Word of God for us today.
Thanks be to God.


Congregation sings verse 3 together!
Jesus loves me still today, walking with me on my way, wanting as a friend to give light and love to all who live.  Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. 
The Bible tells me so.

Hymn: VU 164 The Day of Resurrection

Offering Invitation 
DOXOLOGY including VU 167 verse 1 (as a round?)

Prayers of the People
Lord’s Prayer, spoken Translation on VU page 916

Elder: May God be with us. 
God is here among us. 
Child: Let us open our hearts to God. 
We open them to God and to one another. 
Elder: Let us give thanks to God. 
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
CHILD: Why do we give thanks and praise at this table? 
Elder: We give thanks because God is always with us.

Therefore with all the saints of every time and place, 
we join the angels in their praise: 
Hymn Holy Holy Holy VU 932

Hymn Memorial Acclamation VU 933
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come, come again again.
Hymn Amen VU 933

Communion is served
ADULT ANTHEM:  Make My Life An Alleluia
*(here or after Commissioning below)
Prayer after Communion

Hymn:  VU 158 Christ Is Alive verse 1, 3 and 5
Jesus has been raised from the dead,
Indeed he is going ahead of us this day into our very own neighbourhoods.
So leave now with great joy and begin to run to tell all of his Love. 
We will not be afraid and we will tell of this great news:
Jesus Christ has Risen!

Postlude (Colin Bonneau)

Today’s prayers were inspired by Matthew 28 and written by Rev. Leigh Sinclair.
Today’s musicians included Colin Bonneau, Ron Thompson, Helen Stuart, Mark Baerends and Robin Stuart along with St. David’s two choirs.