Hybrid Worship

9 April 2023

Christ is Risen, Risen Indeed!

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. 

Adult Spiritual Formation will not meet this morning. On April 16 and 23, expect joyful ponderings of the Easter stories, followed in May by the All-UCC Book Club, reading How to Be an Anti-Racist. For questions, suggestions, and all ponderings about spiritual formation, please reach out to Karen.

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Resurrection Greetings 

Coming Together

One: Give thanks to our Good God whose unfailing love lasts


Many: Give thanks to our Risen God whose unfailing love lives forever!

One: We gather together in the dawn of a new day. We look

toward the tomb to seek the Anointed One.

Many: The stone has been rolled away. The tomb is empty! Alleluia!

One: We find God alive in the searching, in the garden, in our hope-filled spaces.

Many: Alleluia. Christ lives and finds us with unfailing love!

Opening Prayer

Shared by Rev. Ken Heintzelman

God of new beginnings, of new dawns and new mercies—Enter into our presence again. When we move toward the tomb, remind us that you come with life abundant. When we despair at the world unfolding around us, assure us of your redemptive power. When we long for your voice, speak a word of hope, encouragement, and peace. May we reflect your image as resurrection people in covenant with you. Amen.

Passing the Peace

Singing Our Faith ~ "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heavens, 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 hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Let the Victor’s people sing, Alleluia!

Where, O death is now your sting? Alleluia!

In God’s pow’r we too can live, Alleluia!

Striving now to love and give, Alleluia!


At this time, we share moments from our lives: birthdays, 

anniversaries, works of peace and justice. We celebrate even sorrows and grief as part of a comprehensive view of life. 

Celebration Song

Chorus: Allelu! Allelu! Everybody sing Allelu!

For the Lord has risen, it is true.

Everybody sing Allelu!

On the third day he did rise, Allelu, Allelu!

Now he lives no more to die, Alleluia! Chorus

Now we too can live anew, Allelu, Allelu!

Live in him need all we do, Alleluia! Chorus

Pastoral Prayer

Shared by Rev. Ken Heintzelman

Invitation to Give

One: We have been raised with Christ! Thus we seek the

things that are above, setting our minds on community,

justice, and abundant life.

Many: In the giving of our gifts, we seek the kin-dom, we trust in the Spirit who provides all gifts, and we follow in the way of Jesus.

One: Giving God, receive this portion of the gifts you have

given to us. May our time, treasure, and talent be

magnified and multiplied, for the good of all Creation.


Offering and Offertory

Special Music—Now the Green Blade Rises

Shared by the Cornerstone Chorale

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Word About Life - John 20:1-18

Thanks to Rachael King for serving Shadow Rock as liturgist today.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him."

Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.

Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it

was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Easter Message  

Shared by Rev. Ken Heintzelman

Words for Mission

One: Like the disciples on the day of Resurrection

May we go toward the tomb

A place seemingly devoid of life

Many: May we find life in all its glory

And spread the news

That life prevails

That life redeems

And that love never fails.

One: Go in peace with resurrection purpose!

Many: We go into the world to love God, God’s children, and

God’s creation.

One: These are the times!

All: We are the people.

One: All of Creation is blessed.

All: May we love all and serve all.

One: May God be with you.

All: And also with you.

One: Amen.

All: Amen.

Sending Forth Song ~ "Every Morning is Easter Morning"

Every morning is Easter morning from now on,

Every day’s resurrection day, the past is over and gone,

Good-bye guilt, good-bye fear, welcome to the sun,

I am one of the Easter people, my new life’s begun.


Easter morning can happen every day

When, in all you do, new life breaks through,

Yes, Easter’s here to stay.

Every morning is Easter morning from now on,

Every day’s resurrection day, the past is over and gone,

Life is open to us all, haven’t you heard?

Get it straight from the Easter people,

get out and spread the Word.


Every morning is Easter morning from now on,

Every day’s resurrection day, the past is over and gone,

Share God’s love with everyone, be the best you can be,

Just be one of the Easter people,

live the life that’s free.


Ending: repeat last line of chorus

After worship, stick around for Sermon Reboot! This informal time together is an opportunity go deeper into our understandings of death and resurrection. All are welcome!