Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
http://www.hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com   hendersonumc@gmail.com  office -  814-453-6041

Lectionary Readings:   Acts 10:34-43;  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24;  1 Corinthians 15:1-11;  John 20:1-18



*Reading                      The Morning                              John 20:1

*Hymn             “Up from the Grave He Arose”            UMH #322

                                                                               verse 1 (no chorus)

*Reading                   The Investigation                     John 20: 2-10

*Hymn             “Up from the Grave He Arose”            UMH #322

                                                                               verse 2 (no chorus)


*Reading                     The Encounter                      John 20:11-17


*Hymns            “Up from the Grave He Arose”            UMH #322

                                                                             verse 3 (and chorus)

                           “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”           UMH #302
                                                                             verses 1-3


*The Easter Acclamation

Leader:   Alleluia! Christ is risen.

All:         The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!


Sermon           Love Leads the Way—He Lives!


Reading                “The Proclamation”                      John 20:18





Confession in Song and Offering

                                  The Day of Resurrection                  UMH #303

                           Easter People Raise Your Voices            UMH #304



The Great Thanksgiving                                    (below)


Sharing of Bread and Cup


Thanksgiving after Communion (unison)

Triune God, you have fed us with the body and blood of Christ, uniting us with you, filling us with the power that raised Jesus from the dead. Send us, rejoicing, to declare with Mary, in hearts, and hands, and voices, that day has dawned, and we have seen the Risen Lord. Amen.


Sending Forth


Closing Hymn           “He Lives”                            UMH #310



Pastor:    Go in peace, filled with the love and power of the Risen Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!

People:   Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia




The Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:    Alleluia. The risen Christ is with us.

People:  Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Pastor:    Death is conquered! Sin’s power is broken.

People:  Praise to you, Conquering God!

Pastor:    We have seen your glory.

People:  And we are yours!

Pastor:    We are yours, all yours, blessed Triune God, all our lives, all our thanks, all our praise, we give it all to you, with all our bodies, and minds, and voices.

People:  Yours, all yours!

Pastor:    Yours the blessing, yours the praise, from the unimaginable silence before creation, beyond the farthest reaches of time and space our instruments may ever find,
from infinity to infinity, everlasting to everlasting, you are God, boundless in love and power.

People:  We stand in awe, trembling in the light of your glory!

Pastor:    What are we that you should notice us? What are we that you should love us? What are we what you should call us into covenant with you, a covenant we continually broke,
and you continuously sustained.

People:  Mercy! How full of mercy!

Pastor:    How can we but praise you, joining our voices with the song of angels and saints, seraphim and martyrs, strangers and family in every generation:

People:  Jesus Christ who comes in our God's name,

              you are worthy, worthy!
Lamb of God who died and rose again,

              you are worthy, worthy!
Hosanna now we sing! Hosanna now we sing!

Pastor:    You are holy, O God!

People:  Holy!

Pastor:    You are worthy, O Christ!

People:  Worthy!

Pastor:    Worthy in your birth! Worthy in your living!

People:  Worthy in your loving! Worthy in your serving!


Chorus               “You Alone Are Holy”                TFWS #2077


Pastor:    Worthy when you preached good news that God's kingdom has drawn near and gather disciples, then and now, to learn and show the world what life in God's reign means:

              healing for the sick.
new life for the dead,
cleansing for the lepers,
freedom for the possessed,
new birth, new hope, new creation breaking in for all.

People:  Worthy! Worthy! Worthy above all!

Pastor:    Worthy too, the night we betrayed you, when you took the bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to your disciples. Worthy when you told them, "This is my body broken for you. Remember me."



People:  We remember.

Pastor:    Worthy when you took the cup, praised God and shared it, and worthy when you said, "This is my blood of the new covenant for you. Remember me."


People:  We remember.

Pastor:    And on this day of days, we proclaim above all, worthy were you when the angels rolled away the stone, and you came forth from the tomb, trampling down death by death and to all in the graves restoring life.

People:  We remember, and we praise you with our lives.

Pastor:    We remember, and we praise you with our lives and these gifts of bread and wine, proclaiming with one voice the mystery of faith:

People:  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Pastor:    Even so, come upon us, Holy Spirit.

People:  Come upon us, Holy Spirit.

Pastor:    Come upon these gifts.

People:  Come upon these gifts.

Pastor:    Make them be for us Christ's body, Christ's blood.

People:  Make us one body in Christ enlivened by his blood.

Pastor:    One in heart, one in mind, one in you, Holy Spirit, as you move us to pray for the church and the world:


Prayers of the People

Leader:   That we with Mary Magdalene may proclaim the gospel boldly:

People:  Hear us, O God.

Leader:   That we may offer your healing for all who are sick, or torn, or weary:

People:  Hear us, O God.

Leader:   That many dead and left for dead may be raised, and death’s power vanquished:

People:  Hear us, God.

Leader:   That all who are unclean may receive your cleansing grace:

People:  Hear us, O God.

Leader:   That all who are possessed, oppressed, distressed, depressed and downcast may be set free at last.

People:  Hear us, O God.


Leader:   Even so, come and fill this feast, Holy Spirit, this day, and every day until that day when we eat it new at the marriage supper of the Lamb and our Easter rejoicing shall know no end.

People:  All blessing, honor, glory and power
be yours, Holy Triune God,
now and forever. Amen!



Sunday, April 1                            

          9:30 a.m.             Easter Celebration

Tuesday, April 3

          5:30-7:30 p.m.     Girl Scouts at San Juan

          6:30-8:30 p.m.     Christian Believer at Glenwood

Wednesday, April 4

          9:00 a.m.             Pick up perishables at Second Harvest

          1-3 p.m.              Food Distribution

Friday, April 6            

          9:00 a.m.             Pick up Senior Boxes

          10 a.m.-2 p.m.     Distribute Boxes

          (ID and redetermination forms are necessary
   to pick up box.




Sunday, April 8                            

          9:30 a.m.             Worship-Sacrament of Holy Baptism

                                    Celebration following worship.

Monday, April 9

          9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  “See all the People” Seminar

                                    Nixon UMC, Butler

Tuesday, April 10

          5:30-7:30 p.m.     Girl Scouts at San Juan

          6:30-8:30 p.m.     Christian Believer at Glenwood

Friday, April 13           

          9:00 a.m.             Pick up food at Second Harvest


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