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April 4, 2021 Easter Sunday Worship
Guest Minister: Rev. Paul  Parkin
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April 4th, 2021 ~ 10:30 AM ~ Easter Sunday

Find this service at www.graceunitedthornbury.ca/live

Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Paul Parkin
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader & Scripture Reader: Bonnie Hammond
Soloists: Bonnie Hammond and Debby Weale   
~ Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics  

PRELUDE:   
How Brightly Beams   

GREETING (2 Cor. 13:13)
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

WELCOME
Welcome to Rev. Paul Parkin, who will be leading us in worship today.            

SUNG VERSE VU #166 Joy Comes with the Dawn                                  
Joy comes with the dawn;
Joy comes with the morning sun;
Joy springs from the tomb
and scatters the night with her song,
Joy comes with the dawn.

CALL TO WORSHIP
Christ has risen.
Christ has risen indeed.
God is alive . . .
new birth is given.
Hope is alive . . .
a new age is dawning.
Joy is alive . . .
redemption is here.
Love is alive . . .
death cannot harm us.
We are alive . . .
new life is within us.
The church is alive . . .
God’s Spirit is within us.
Let us celebrate the God of resurrection!

OPENING PRAYER  
Servant Christ,
help us to follow you out of the dark tomb,
to share daily your resurrection life,
to be renewed daily in your image of love,
to be used daily as your new Body
in your service to the world.
Servant Christ, help us to follow you.                                                                                   

HYMN   VU #157 Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Each line is followed by “hallelujah”  

1. Christ the Lord is risen today,   
all creation join to say;
   
raise your joys and triumphs high;
  
sing, O heavens, and earth reply:
 

2. Love’s redeeming work is done,   
fought the fight, the battle won.
  
Lo, our sun’s eclipse is o’er!
  
Lo, he dwells in death no more!
 

3. Lives again our glorious King;   
where, O death, is now your sting?
  
Once he died, our souls to save:
  
Where your victory, O grave?
 

4. Hail, the Lord of earth and heaven,   
praise to you by both be given!
  
Every knee to you shall bow,
  
risen Christ, triumphant now.
 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Let us confess our shortcomings,
recalling the words of Christ: Jesus said,
“Peace be with you.”
Yet sometimes we sow discord,
neglecting to make peace with our sisters and brothers.
Jesus said, “As God has sent me, so I send you.”
Yet sometimes we refuse to go,
fearing to follow unknown paths of faith.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
The stone is rolled away—we are released!
The tomb is empty—we can be free!
Christ is risen—life can be full!
Thanks be to God.  

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION                                                         
As we prepare to listen for what the Bible is saying to us, let us pray:
O God for whom there are no barriers,
no stones too big to remove,
roll away our resistance to you.
Let your words fill us with new life
and bring us out from the tomb of indifference,
alive again in you.
In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.     

SCRIPTURE
The Resurrection of Jesus (Mark 16: 1-8)  (NRSV)  
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.

Additional Scriptures (included in service themes, not read today)
Isaiah 25: 6-9
Psalm 118: 1-2,14-24  
1 Cor: 15: 1-11
 

RESPONSE
The word of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.   

MUSICAL INTERLUDE
Who Is There on This Easter Morning  

PRAYER OF PREPARATION

SERMON
Where Are You Jesus?
                                                                          

HYMN  VU #173  Thine is the Glory
Refrain:  
Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.  

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 the body lay.
Refrain:  
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.

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

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

OFFERING
We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.

INVITATION TO OFFERING
With an offering stone to honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering let us pray:

PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.
Donate online:   www.graceunitedthornbury.ca,  select “Give” or
contact the office by email:
[email protected]  

ANNOUNCEMENTS
We welcome you to join us for Communion by Zoom.  Please have your juice and bread for communion ready.  Coffee hour will follow Communion  

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RESOURCES USED

LITURGY SOURCES
The following are used with permission:
 
- 8F003-191 “Christ is risen…” From Worship for an Easter People, vol. V. Frederick A. Styles. © 1995. Published by EnThusia Enterprises, Markham, Ontario     
- 8G006-194 “Servant Christ, help us to follow…” India, Carden. Morehouse Publishing, 4775 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17112.
- 0I016-194 “Let us confess our shortcomings…” Michael Jacob Kooiman.
- 8K001-197 “The stone is rolled…” Author unknown. Information sought.    
- 8G007-197 “O God for whom there are no barriers…” Chris Ewing.          

Hymns and Sung Verses:
-“Joy Comes with the Dawn.” 166 words, music Common Cup Company  Arrangement @ 1995 Nan Thompson. Used by permission One License #608577
-“Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” Words: Charles Wesley 1739,, alt. Words: Nicole Berthet Words copyright © Centre Nationale de Pastorale Liturgique. Used by permission. One License #608577     
-“Thine  Is the Glory.” Words: Edmond Louis Budry 1884, trans. Richard Birch Hoyle 1923. Music: Harmonia Sacra ca. 1753, arr. From George Frideric Handel 1747. Used by permission. One License #608577    

SCRIPTURE PASSAGES
Scripture Passage from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible, copyrigh1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.  

Prelude: How Brightly Beams Trad German Tune, Harm. By J.S. Bach and F. Mendelssohn.  
Interlude:
Who Is There on This Easter Morning.  Music: French Traditional. arr. C. Burton All in the public domain.