Easter Sunday Service ~ April 4, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Good morning, everyone!  We continue to meet online and in person, and are glad for all of our worshipers, whether home, away or at church!  Tammy’s new Sunday School lesson can be found on our Sunday School page.  Every day we add a new post right here on the website that automatically pops up on Facebook and Twitter as well.  If you missed any of this week’s posts, just scroll down to see them!

Wednesday Bible study meets at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Our Thrift Shop is open on Saturdays from 10-2 and always in need of volunteers ~ simply contact Tracy S. or the church office.  

CALL TO WORSHIP

He is risen!
HE IS RISEN INDEED!
Christ the Lord is risen today!
ALLELULIA!

UNISON PRAYER (Elevation Worship):

YOU TURN MOURNING TO DANCING.
YOU GIVE BEAUTY FOR ASHES.
YOU TURN SHAME INTO GLORY.
YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN.
YOU TURN GRAVES INTO GARDENS.
YOU TURN BONES INTO ARMIES.
YOU TURN SEAS INTO HIGHWAYS.
YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN.
THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN YOU.
NOTHING IS BETTER THAN YOU.  AMEN.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE:  Matthew 28:20, New Living Translation

Hear now these words of Jesus:  “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father,
Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those
Who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom,
And the power,
And the glory forever.
Amen.

OPENING SONG:  “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
(Note: Add your own prayers at the beginning or end)

Lord Jesus, on this very day you were raised from the dead, transforming your disciples from people of despair into people of hope.  Transform us as well, Lord.  As we walk through our own valleys, as we battle our own demons, as we wrestle with our own doubts, remind us that we are Easter people.  Pull us out of the graves of fear and anxiety, and lift us to new life, in this world and in the world to come.

We pray for the healing of Melanie’s sister Marilyn from a blood clot in her neck.  We pray that the blood thinners ease the problem and that she will not need surgery.

Be with those who are battling cancer, especially Liz S., Barbara G. and Janet C.’s relative Rolene.  Bless Liz as she continues to recover from surgery.  Be with Tracy S.’s brother Paul as he begins treatments.  May their strength and spirits remain high throughout the process, and may your healing grace rest upon them.

We pray for others in our church family who are going through times of need:  for Ursula, Amy, Pat, Jim, Sue, Janet, Joan, Lois, Dannie, Kathleen, Lily, Ken, Bunny, Harriet, Diane, Laurie & Steve, Paul, and Ruth; for all members of our extended family who are suffering; for this nation and for the world.

We come to you now in silent prayer …

Lord, as you know what is written in our hearts,
Attend now to our spirits, we pray in your name, Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON: Matthew 28:1-10, New Living Translation

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.

Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.  His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.  The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”

The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message.  And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

OFFERING

Please use this time to make out a check to the church (Sayville United Methodist Church, 164 Greene Avenue, Sayville NY 11782).  Thank you to all who have been contributing during this time, and helping the church to pay its bills!  As you write, please enjoy this video of “Alleluia in Church!”

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for making miracles happen, and for coming back to show us that you are alive!  Thank you for letting us know that there is always reason to hope, even in our darkest hours.  We praise you and lift your name on high.  Amen.

BENEDICTION

 As we go forth, may we do so as Easter people: filled with joy and wonder, bursting at the seams with excitement.  We know that our Savior lives.  Alleluia!

Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Thank you to Tanae and Lee for helping with today’s online service!
And thank you for worshiping with us!  We wish you God’s blessing of peace.

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