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Worship Resources for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 11

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and remembering to keep your distance. Let’s stay healthy!

First Hymn: “Low in the Grave He Lay”

Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior! Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose with a mighty triumph o’er His foes:

He arose a victor from the dark domain, And he lives forever with his saints to reign;

He arose, He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watched his bed, Jesus my savior! Vainly they sealed the dead, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose with a mighty triumph o’er His foes:

He arose a victor from the dark domain, And he lives forever with his saints to reign;

He arose, He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Death cannot keep its prey: Jesus my Savior! He tore the bars away: Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose with a mighty triumph o’er His foes:

He arose a victor from the dark domain, And he lives forever with his saints to reign;

He arose, He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Opening Praise

One:       Sing a new song!

All:    A springtime shout-out to new life!

One:     Sing praise to our joyful Easter God,

All:     whose power brings new life out of death!

One:     Immerse doubt and despair in the fountain of new birth!

All:     Our visions and hopes are refreshed and made new!

One:     For God has taken ordinary things

All:     And made the extraordinary! Alleluia! Amen!

Centering Prayer

God of New Beginnings,

You have transformed absurd impossibility into reality: resurrection.

You have coaxed us to sing springtime alleluias where once there was a gray dawn.

You have called us out of the tombs we inhabit into a fresh new day.

Be know among us in resurrection power.

Let our joy be a witness to the world that you are making all things new.

Amen.

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 debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Third Hymn: Now the Green Blade Rises

Now the green blade rises, from the buried grain,

Wheat that in dark earth for many days has lain;

Love lives again, that with the dead has been:

Love is come again like wheat that rises green.

In the grave they laid their Love whom hate had slain,

Thinking that their Love would never wake again,

Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen: 

Love is come again like wheat that rises green.

Christ came forth at Easter, like the risen grain,

Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain;

Quick from the dead the risen One is seen:

Love is come again like wheat that rises green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,

Christ’s warm touch can call us back to life again,

Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been: 

Love is come again like wheat that rises green.

© Words by John M . C. Crum: 1928 Oxford University Press

 

Our Open and Affirming Covenant

As the people of God who gather at Zion United Church of Christ, 
we make a solemn covenant with one another:
We will extravagantly welcome everyone who enters here.
We welcome every race. We welcome every gender.
We welcome every age. We welcome every expression of faith.
We welcome every marital status. We welcome every sexual orientation.
We welcome every political party. We welcome every body.
We will not be divided by social issues.
We will not judge as the world does: by health, wealth, or skills.
We will not allow our past to define our future. We will transcend all labels.
We will always seek to affirm one another with loving hearts and open minds.
We will follow in the way of Christ Jesus, 
loving and being loved by both God and neighbor,
with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.
We will love one another for exactly who we are.
We promise that whoever we are and wherever we are on life’s journey, 
we will extravagantly welcome everyone who enters here.

 

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