Easter Sunday (April 4, 2021): “Called to Deep Living”

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP!
Deep in the Feast: Called to Deep Living

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!! HALLELUJAH!!!

Welcome & Call to Worship

Songs of Praise

Let us join together in joyful song! Sing along to HWB 273 Low in the Grave He Lay, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Saviour,
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 watch his bed, Jesus my Saviour,
vainly they seal 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 Saviour;
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!

For our second song of praise, we sing along to STJ 4 You’ve Got a Place, accompanied by Dianne H.

You’ve got a place at the welcome table,
You’ve got a place at the welcome table,
some of these days. Hallelujah!
You’ve got a place at the welcome table,
You’ve got a place at the welcome table,
some of these days.

We’re goin’ to feast on milk and honey,
We’re goin’ to feast on milk and honey,
some of these days. Hallelujah!
We’re goin’ to feast on milk and honey,
We’re goin’ to feast on milk and honey,
some of these days.

We’ll give thanks at the welcome table,
We’ll give thanks at the welcome table,
some of these days. Hallelujah!
We’ll give thanks at the welcome table,
We’ll give thanks at the welcome table,
some of these days.

We’ll come home to the welcome table,
We’ll come home to the welcome table,
some of these days. Hallelujah!
We’ll come home to the welcome table,
We’ll come home to the welcome table,
some of these days.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. You can send a cheque to the church office by mail, or you can give through an Access Credit Union branch or their online banking services (see the information here).

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the weekly email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • The country of Palestine, which is experiencing a critical coronavirus outbreak. Hospitals are overwhelmed. Vaccines are not yet widely available. The economy, which relies heavily on tourism, is approaching desperate straits. Pray also for the staff and students of Bethlehem Bible College, which MC Canada helps to support.
  • To thank God for the good things, like new lives among us – Colby Blake born on March 16th, joining parents Cara and Curt and brother Bryce W., and grandparents Paul and Lois F., and Anna-Joy F., Carrie and Lawrence S.’ fifth great grandchild, born on March 31st.
  • Those among us facing challenges, including Mary D., whose daughter, Doreen, passed away on March 26th. Say special prayers also for Agatha M., whose sister, Erna E., passed away in Souris on March 25th, and whose daughter, Heather, is in palliative care in BTHC.
  • All of us, that we may say with assurance to the risen Christ, “[Our] hope is in you.” (Ps. 39:7)

Congregational Prayer

Ben leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing HWB 299 New Earth, Heavens New, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving;
new seed, creatures new, Spirit of life moving;
new man, woman new, image of God moving.

Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

New love, mercies new, Spirit of God moving;
new strength, hopefulness new, Spirit of life moving;
new hearts, spirits new, image of God moving.
Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

New minds, wisdom new, Spirit of God moving;
new law, covenant new, Spirit of life moving;
new name, nature new, image of God moving.
Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving;
new birth, creatures new, Spirit of life moving;
new men, women new, image of God moving.
Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

Affirmation of Faith

Scripture Reading

Adalynne P. reads Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24John 20:1-18 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Feature

Join Kristy L.H. and Cooper H. as they conclude their Easter journey!

Meditation

Lawrence S. shares the following meditation with us, entitled Called to Deep Living.”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with HWB 280 Christ the Lord is Risen Today, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P.

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
All creation joins to say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, O heav’ns, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once, he all doth save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy pow’r to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

Benediction

Sending Song

Let’s go from our time of worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: STS 1 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P.

Praise the One who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light;
praise the One who frees the pris’ners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the gospel,
healing ev’ry dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands
with the very bread of peace.

Praise the One who blessed the children
with a strong yet gentle word;

praise the One who drove out demons
with a piercing, two-edged sword.

Praise the One who brings cool water
to the desert’s burning sand;

from this well comes living water
quenching thirst in ev’ry land.

Praise the One true love incarnate:
Christ, who suffered in our place;

Jesus died and rose for many
that we may know God by grace.

Let us sing for joy and gladness,
seeing what our God has done.

Praise the one redeeming glory;
praise the One who makes us one.

In the Week Ahead

Check the church website and church Facebook page regularly for resources for staying connected and for spiritual growth during this time. The Peace of Christ be with you.

Songs: Low in the Grave He Lay (Robert Lowry, 1874, Brightest and Best, 1875; Public Domain); You’ve Got a Place (Traditional Spiritual; anonymous); New Earth, Heavens New (Harris J. Loewen, 1982, Assembly Songs, 1983; Copyright ©1992 Hope Publishing Co.); Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Text: Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, Part II, 1739, alt. Music: Anonymous, Lyra Davidica, 1708; Public Domain); Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (Text: Rusty Edwards; ©1987 Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Music: American folk melody, J. Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, 1813)

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