St. John's UCC Church
120 West Market Street
Jonestown, PA 17038
"No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
you are welcome here."
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May you find this worship experience reflective and uplifting.
Pastor Roben

Worship Bulletin below

 
Video Intro   "Hope Is Here" Video   
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Welcome and Announcements
Welcome to St. John’s worship service whether you are a member or visiting us today. Thank you for taking the time to worship out of your busy week. God loves you. We know that these are unusual times but, we trust that you will feel connected to God and to others through this time of worship. Please let us know that you participated with us in worship by placing a note in the comment section in YouTube or on the Attendance Pad link.
 
Remember these words,
“No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.”
 
Centering Prayer
Holy God, today your glory and power is made known in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are Easter people because Christ is risen. He is alive! And, where you live, life and light, freedom and salvation, hope and reconciliation break out. You penetrate our lives. You propel us to action. You invigorate our love. All praise and honor and glory be yours as we manifest the risen Christ in our worship and in our lives. Amen.
 
WE GATHER AS PEOPLE OF HOPE
 
Prelude    "You are My All in All"
By Dennis Jernigan/ Arr. By Patricia Cota
St. John’s Bell Choir (From Facebook Archives)
 
Call to Worship
Leader: At the break of dawn, a bird sings.
People: The long night of darkness is over.
Leader: The stone is rolled away.
People: The tomb is empty. 
Leader: The sun begins to shine.
People: The Son has risen!
Leader: It's a morning of glory,
People: Of love overcoming death,
Leader: Of women spreading Good News,
People: Of men turning from despair.
Leader: It's a morning of joy,
People: For Easter has come again.
Leader: Love is stronger than death,
All: And we lift our voices in song.
 
  
Opening Song                 “He Arose”                          by Robert Lowry
 
(During this song, Liam rolls the stone away from the tomb and the spotlight is turned on.)
 
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.

Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus, my Savior;
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.

Death cannot keep his 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.

Call to Confession
Christ arose indeed , but often we forget what that means. Let us confess our sins together.

Prayer of Confession
O God of transformation, where we have been fearful and doubting, bring new life. Where we have been hardhearted and unforgiving, bring new life. Where we have sown discord and wounded others, bring new life. Where we have been selfish and greedy, bring new life. Where we have been tired and confused, bring new life.

Words of Assurance
Come and join the song, women, children, men; Jesus makes us free to live again!
 
Chancel Choir Response  
“Rejoice, Rejoice this Glorious Day”        By Stan Pethel    
(From Facebook Archives)
 
WE HEAR WORDS OF HOPE
 
Children’s Message
  “Pilgrim’s Progress: Hill of Salvation” Video 
         
Kids song with motions video     
   “Rolled Away”                              By GoKidzAsia
Liam, Carter, Devin, and Isaac
   
Gospel Scripture       Matthew 28:1-10    Darlene Basehore
   Reader: Hear the word of God
28:1 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.' This is my message for you." So, they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."                                                     
Revised Standard Version (RSV)
   Reader: God is Still Speaking
   People: Spread the Good News!
 
Sermon                                            Pastor Roben Roof      
“Christ Has Risen: Our Burdens are Rolled Away”
 
WE RESPOND WITH HOPE
 
Hymn of Response                 “He Lives”           By Alfred H. Ackley
St. John’s Congregation from Facebook Archives
 
I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living, whatever men may say.
I see Hi hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.
 
He lives, He lives! Christ Jesus live today!
He lives, He lives! salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.
 
In all the world around me I see His loving care.
And though my heart grows weary, I never will despair.
I know that He is leading through all the stormy blast.
The day of His appearing will come at last.
 
He lives, He lives! Christ Jesus live today!
He lives, He lives! salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.
 
Prayers of the People 
We thank you, O God of great love, for the gift of life on this joyous Easter morning. When we face tombs of darkness and despair, may we stop, listen, and hear the voice of Jesus say, "Do not be afraid; fear not, for I am with you always, even to the end of time." Let the resurrection resound throughout our community that because Christ lives, we live in the fullness of life also. Let us bring the gift of new life in the form of hope that we might bring friendship to the lonely, forgiveness to the penitent, kindness to the mean-spirited, calm to the anxious, hospitality to those in need, fortitude to those whose strength is waning, peace to the fearful, a helping hand to those who feel overwhelmed, acceptance to the disenfranchised, a welcoming smile to those who are strangers in our midst and always, the gift of grace to a world unused to a love which never lets us go. Our joy overflows on this day of new life; may our hallelujahs echo in our hearts as we go forth from this place in the assurance of the presence of a loving God who gave his Son that we might know what a life of love looks like. With unbridled gratitude, let us pray together in the name of Jesus, the Promised One, the Christ, our risen Lord who is with us now and forever,
We pray for…
People: Those who are sick and suffering;
Those who are grieving the loss of loved ones;
Medical personnel and others who work to help and heal;
Those who are subjected to racist abuse and discrimination;
Those whose livelihood is threatened by business closures;
Families learning to live, work, and learn together in close quarters;
Those who are not safe in their homes;
Those who are struggling with isolation, loneliness, or addiction;
Those separated from loved ones because of travel and Immigration restrictions;
Churches seeking to discern new and faithful forms of ministry and wisdom for leaders as they seek to respond to this crisis.
 
And we pray the prayer taught us...
Our Lord’s Prayer
All: 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. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil; for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Call to Offering
 
Let us give today as Easter People filled with hope and whose burdens are rolled away. Let us also give as Easter People desiring to share our hope with others who are crushed beneath the boulders of despair, pain, loneliness, fear, discrimination, and oppression. Give and give them an Easter Hallelujah!!!
Please remember that while the church building
may be closed, our resources are still used and bills need to be paid. Your faithful contributions support the ministry and outreach of this congregation and the wider church. Your financial support may be offered
• by check and mailed to St. John’s UCC
• online at http://JonestownUCC.org,
•Or Electronic Giving by contacting your bank or the church office.
Thank you for your generosity.
 
Doxology            “He is Lord””                 Arr. by Tom Fettke
 
He Is Lord; He Is Lord
He Has Risen from The Dead
And He Is Lord,
Every Knee Shall Bow,
Every Tongue Confess
That Jesus Christ Is Lord.

Prayer of Dedication   
Alleluia, Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed! O resurrected Christ, we celebrate this day, the promise for all time of your unending love! Accept these gifts of celebration - make them be celebrations for others in the world. We praise your holy name! Amen.
 
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Pastor: Christ has risen
Congregation: Christ has risen indeed!
 
Words of Institution
Breaking the Bread and Lifting the Cup
Prayer of Consecration
Song of Preparation     “At the Table”          By Chris Tomlin

 
I will feast at the table of the Lord.
I will feast at the table of the Lord
I won't hunger anymore at His table.
I will feast at the table of the Lord.
I will feast at the table of the Lord
I won't hunger anymore at His table.
 
Come all you weary; come and find
His yoke is easy; His burden light
He is able, He will restore
At the table of the Lord
 
There is peace at the table of the Lord.
There is peace at the table of the Lord
I won't worry anymore at His table
There is healing at the table of the Lord
There is healing at the table of the Lord.
I won't suffer anymore at His table.
 
 
Come all you weary; come and find
His yoke is easy; His burden light
He is able. He will restore
At the table of the Lord.
 
I know He has a place for me.
Oh, what joy will fill my heart
With the saints around
The mercy seat of God
 
Come all you weary; come and find
His yoke is easy; His burden light
He is able; He will restore
At the table of the Lord.
At the table of the Lord.
 
I'm invited to the table of the Lord.
I'm invited to the table of the Lord.
He says, "Come just as you are"
To His table.

 
The Invitation
Receiving Bread and Wine
 
Prayer of Thanksgiving
People: Holy One, we have found the nourishment we need to journey from the empty tomb back to our homes, into our neighborhoods, and through our routine days. As we carry this food in our stomachs and as the colors of Easter surround us this day, may we carry the feeling of this Easter in our hearts now and always. Amen.
  
Song of Thanksgiving   
 "Because He Lives"   By Gloria & William J. Gaither 
 
Chorus:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!
 
WE GO FORTH AS PEOPLE OF HOPE
 
Sending Forth
Leader: He is risen!
People: He is risen indeed!
Leader: Therefore, go in the power of this risen Christ to work, live, love and serve, for the resurrection has changed everything. You have nothing to fear. You are never alone. Sin and death will not have the final word. We are more than conquerors through him who loves us, who gave his life for us  Go in peace, for Christ is risen!
People: He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! Amen.
 
Sending Song    “Christ The Lord is Risen Today”  
 By Charles Wesley
St. John’s Congregation from Facebook Archives
 
Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high. Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply: Alleluia!
 
Soar we now where Christ has led. Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head. Alleluia!
Made like Him like Him we rise. Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!
 
Postlude          “Hallelujah Chorus”         
By George Frederic Handel
                          Penn Central Conference Virtual Choir

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Thank you to the following volunteers for this week’s virtual worship service:
 
Darlene Basehore, Scripture Reader    
Ron Royer, Worship Conference Calls & Sound
Peggy Miller, Facebook administrator 
Larry Miller, Website & Worship Streaming

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