ORDER OF SERVICE

Note: All hymns are from the new Voices Together hymnal

Centering chimes Lighting of the solidarity lamp
Symbolic of our Sister Church relationship with El Divino Redentor

PreludeEl Cielo Canta Alegria by Pablo Sosa

Call to Worship

One:    And while it was still dark, Mary found the light!

 

Many: The disciples came running, but they did not understand.

 

One:    Mary stood weeping and saw angels but did not recognize Jesus.

 

Many: But when Jesus calls our name, then we recognize the way, the truth, and the life.

 

One:    And then there was feasting! And there is feasting to come. God will make for all peoples a feast of rich food and well-aged wines and will wipe away tears from all faces.

 

Many: It will be said on that day, “This is our God for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice. There is peace by Jesus Christ.”

 

One:    Hold firmly to the good news, which you received, in which you stand, through which you are being saved.

 

All:      Let’s open the gates of righteousness to enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

Hymn #565 – Christ is Alive and Goes Before Us

Welcome & prayer

Passing the peace (break-out zoom groups)

Hymn #346 – Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Affirmation of Faith

Many: Deep calls to deep. We give thanks from the depths of our hearts!

 

One:    Once weeping, now proclaiming: “I have seen the Lord!”

 

Many: Once famished, now feasting: “This is the God for whom we have waited!”

 

One:    Once divided, now convicted: “Jesus Christ is Lord of all!”

 

Many: We shall not die but we shall live and keep telling the deeds of the Lord.

 

One:    Deep calls to deep. You call to us from the depth of your love, O God. You have come to us in Jesus Christ.

 

Many: We answer your call to deep living!

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
The children’s offering benefits Crisis Nursery in Champaign. The organization’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to families in crisis. Donations may be sent to the FMC office at any time or can be made online (select children’s offering in “To” box)

Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9 & John 20:1-18

Sermon

Communion
– Gather bread/cracker and juice at home for the virtual celebration

Hymn #347 – I know that My Redeemer Lives

Congregational Sharing & prayer

Meditation music – Hallelujah, Salvation & Glory by Stephen Hurd
In the absence of a weekly offering collection, reflect on how you are practicing and receiving generosity. Consider giving to First Mennonite Church by mailing a check, giving through your bank, or giving online.

Work of the church

Hymn #341 – Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia!

Benediction & Virtual Hallelujah Chorus


Worship Leader- Pastor Deb
Prelude & Meditation – Pam Pena Martin & Pete Shungu
Hymns – Cindy Breeze, Pastor Deb & Andrea Welty Peachey
Children’s Story – Janet Liechty & Phil Martens
Scripture Reader – Keith Springer
Sermon & Sharing – Pastor Michael
Technician – Phil Martens