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Sunday April 26, 2020 Easter Hymn Sing Service
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
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March 26, 2020 3rd Sunday of Easter; Easter Hymn Sing Service
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel ~ Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton ~ Lay Leader: Phyllis Fleming

CALL TO WORSHIP This Is the Day (MV 122, Sung 2x)
This is the day that God has made; we will rejoice and be glad!
This is the day that God has made; we will rejoice and be glad!
Singing hallelu, singing hallelu, singing hallelu!
We will rejoice and be glad!
Singing hallelu, singing hallelu, singing hallelu!
We will rejoice and be glad.  

OPENING PRAYER Now the Green Blade Rises (VU 186 )
1. Now the green blade rises 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 arising green.  
2. In the grave they laid him, love by hatred slain,
thinking that he would never wake again,
laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen;
love is come again, like wheat arising green.  
3. Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
he that for three days in the grave had lain,
raised from the dead, my living Lord is seen;
love is come again, like wheat arising green.  
4. When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
your touch can call us back to life again,
fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been,
love is come again, like wheat arising green.  

SINGING Jesus Christ is Risen Today (VU 155, verses 1, 4)
1. Jesus Christ is risen today, hallelujah!
our triumphant holy day, hallelujah.
Who did once, upon the cross, hallelujah!
suffer to redeem our loss. Hallelujah!  
4. Sing we to our God above, hallelujah!
praise eternal as God’s love; hallelujah!
Praise our God, ye heavenly host, hallelujah!
praise the Son and Holy Ghost. Hallelujah!  

Scripture Part 1 (13-16) (NRSV) 13 Now on that same day [the same day as the resurrection] two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

REFLECTION: The disciples were so full of grief and confusion at the events of the past few days that they did not recognize who Jesus was. Has there been a time, when you were stressed or grieving, that you could not see the help that was right there in front of you?  

SINGING The Spring Has Come (VU 187)
1. The spring has come, let all the church be part of it!
The world has changed, and God is at the heart of it!
New light, new day, new colour after winter grey.
New light, new day, the spring has come, let all the church be part of it!  
2. The sun is warm, let all God’s children play in it!
The world expands, let’s spread the Gospel way in it!
New leaf, new thrust, new greening for the love of Christ.
New leaf, new thrust, the sun is warm let all God’s children play in it!  
3. The spring has come, new people are the flowers of it.
Through wind and rain, new life is in the showers of it.
New bud, new shoot, new hope will bear the Spirit’s fruit.
New bud, new shoot, the spring has come, new people are the flowers of it!      

Scripture Part 2 (17-24) (NRSV) 17 And he said to them, "What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?" They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?" 19 He asked them, "What things?" They replied, "The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him."

REFLECTION: When we are in times of crisis or great change, it can seem like it takes over our whole world. But there is often more to the story than what we know and when we have the whole story, we realize that

SINGING Hey Now! Singing Hallelujah! (MV 121)
Refrain:
Hey now! Singing hallelujah! Hey now! The morning has come! Hey now! Singing hallelujah! The tomb was empty at the rising sun.  
1. Jesus loved people and he made them friends.
Hey, now, the tomb was empty.
He called to the children and the women and men.
Hey now, the tomb was empty.
Refrain  
2. Jesus healed people and he helped them be well.
Hey now, the tomb was empty.
He taught about God in the stories he’d tell.
Hey now, the tomb was empty.
Refrain  
3. Jesus loved people and they said he was a king.
Hey now, the tomb was empty.
He turned all the tables on everything.
Hey now, the tomb was empty.
Refrain  
4. Jesus had power and they took him away.
Hey now, the tomb was empty.
They nailed him to a cross and they killed him one day.
Hey now, the tomb was empty.
Refrain  
5. Jesus loves people and he lives again!
Hey now, the tomb was empty.
Calls us disciples and he calls us his friends.
Hey now, the tomb was empty.
Refrain

Scripture Part 3 (25-27) (NRSV) 25 Then [Jesus] said to [the two travellers], "Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?" 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.  

SINGING Thine Is the Glory (VU 173)
1. Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son:
endless is the victory thou over death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes where the body lay.
Refrain: Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son: endless is the victory thou over 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 hast lost its sting.
Refrain  
3. No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life,
life is nought 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

REFLECTION If you could ask Jesus anything about God and faith, what would you ask?  

SINGING This Joyful Eastertide (VU 177)  
1. This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow!
My love, the crucified, has sprung to life this morrow.
Refrain: Had Christ, who once was slain, ne’er burst his three-day prison, our faith had been in vain: but now has Christ arisen, arisen, arisen, arisen.  
2. My flesh in hope shall rest, and for a season slumber,
till trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number.
Refrain  
3. Death’s flood has lost its chill, since Jesus crossed the river:
lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver.
Refrain    

Scripture Part 4 (28-35) (NRSV) 28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over." So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?" 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!" 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.  

SINGING As We Walked Home at Close of Day (VU 184 )  
1. As we walked home at close of day,
a stranger joined us on our way.
He heard us speak of one who’d gone,
and when we stopped, he carried on.  
2. “Why wander further without light?
Please stay with us this troubled night.
We’ve shared the truth of how we feel
and now would like to share a meal.”  
3. We sat to eat our simple spread,
then watched the stranger take the bread;
and, as he said the blessing prayer,
we knew that someone else was there.  
4. No stranger he, it was our eyes
which failed to see, in stranger’s guise,
the Lord who, risen from the dead,
met us when ready to be fed.  
5. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
As Mary and our sisters said,
the Lord is risen from the dead!

REFLECTION When the disciples understood that Jesus had been with them the whole time, the events of the road to Emmaus took on new meaning. Can you remember a time when you realized that God was with you? If so, what difference did it make? If not, what kind of difference do you think it might make? Do you know someone who has told a story of knowing God’s presence with them?  

SENDING HYMN Crown Him with Many Crowns (VU 211)  
1. Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne:
hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own!
Awake my soul, and sing of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.  
2. Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’r the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save.
His glories now we sing who died and rose on high,
who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.  
3. Crown him the Lord of peace, whose power a sceptre sways
from pole to pole that wars may cease, absorbed in prayer and praise.
His reign shall know no end, and round his pierced feet
fair flowers of Paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.  
4. Crown him the lord of love; behold his hands and side,
rich wounds yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! for thou hast died for me;
thy praise shall never, never fail throughout eternity.  

SUNG BLESSING The Lord Bless Thee (VU 965)  
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
the Lord make his face shine upon thee,
and be gracious unto thee:
the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee,
and give thee peace, Amen.    

 

SOURCES: “This Is the Day,” by Bruce Harding; © 2003 Bruce Harding. Used with permission, One License #608577. “Now the Green Blade Rises,”words by John M. C. Crum 1928, music medieval French carol, harm. Martin Fallas Shaw 1928; © 1928 Oxford University Press. Used with permission, One License #608577. “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today,” words and music by Lyra Davidica; Public Domain. “The Spring Has Come,” words by Shirley Erena Murray 1990, music by Colin Gibson 1990; words © 1992 and music © 1993 Hope Publishing Company. Used with permission, One License #608577. “Hey Now, Singing Hallelujah,” words and music by Linnea Good; © 1998 Borealis Music. Used with permission, One License #608577. “Thine Is the Glory,” words by Edmond Louis Budry 1884, transl. Richard Birch Hoyle (1923), music by Harmoina Sacra ca. 1753, arr George Frideric handel 1747; Public Domain. “This Joyful Eastertide,” words by George R. Woodward 1894 (alt.), music by J. Oudaen’s David’s Psalmen, Amsterdam 1685, harmony by Charles Wood 1902. Public Domain. “As We Walked Home at Close of Day,” words from The Iona Community 1988, Music by Georg Joseph 1657; words and harmony © 1988 Wrtg, The Iona Community (Glasgow, Scotland0, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago Illinois, exclusive agent. Used with permission, One License #608577. “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” words by Matthew Bridges 1851, v.2. Godfrey Thring 1874, music by George Job Levey 1868. descant Hal Hopson 1979; descant © 1979 GIA Publications, Inc. Used with permission, One License #608577. “The Lord Bless Thee,” Arranged by Lowell Mason; Public Domain.   NRSV: All Scripture Passages are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission