(First Apostle to the Apostles  Miller, Mary Jane 2008)

©Order of Worship April 17, 2022

Easter Sunday

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Text for hymns are found below each hymn.  Click on the hymn highlighted text for music.

Prelude: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Arrangement © 1988 Birdwing Music
Violinist: Stephanie S.
Percussion: Daniel L.
Piano: Gregory D.
Call to Worship:  “Glorious, Glorious”……AFUMC Choir
Words and Music: Joel Lindsey and Jeff Bumgardner
Arranged by Daniel Semsen © 2011 Universal Music
Greeting: ………………………………………Pastor Steven
Opening Prayer: …………………………………Irwin M.
Opening Hymn: “Christ the Lord is Risen Today
# 302 UMH
Words: Charles Wesley, 1739 Music: Lyra Davidica, 1708
1.Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
2.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!
3.Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
4.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!
5.Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
6.King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!
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Offertory: ……”Agnus Dei” ..………………AFUMC Choir
Words and Music: Michael W. Smith
© 1990 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.  This arrangement © 2014
Offertory Response:  The Doxology” #95 UMH
Words: Thomas Ken, 1674 Music: Attr. to Louis Bourgeois, 1551
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him,
all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly
       host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.
Prayer After Receiving:………………………Pastor Steven
Hymn of Preparation: “Day of Arising#3086 W&S
Words: Susan Palo Cherwien Music: Gaelic melody.
Words ©1996 Susan Palo Cherwien, admin. Augsburg
1.Day of arising, Christ on the roadway,
unknown companion walks with his own.
When they invite him, as fades the first day,
and bread is broken, Christ is made known.
2.When we are walking, doubtful and dreading,
blinded by sadness, slowness of heart,
yet Christ walks with us ever awaiting
our invitation: Stay, do not part.
3.”Lo, I am with you,” Jesus has spoken.
This is Christ’s promise, this is Christ’s sign:
when the church gathers, when bread is broken,
there Christ is with us in bread and wine.
4.Christ our companion, hope for the journey,
bread of compassion, open our eyes.
Grant us your vision, set all hearts burning
that all creation with you may rise.
New Testament Lesson: John 20:1-18………Irwin M.
20:1 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.
20:2 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.”
20:3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 20:5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.
20:6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,
20:7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 20:8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 20:9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 20:10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.
20:11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 20:12 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.
20:13 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.” 20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
20:15 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.” 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).
20:17 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.'”
20:18 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.
Sermon: …”She Carried the Gospel First……………Pastor Steven
Prayers of the People: …………………… Pastor Steven
Anthem:……”That’s Why We Praise Him” …AFUMC Choir
Words and Music: Tommy Walker © 1999 Universal Music-Brentwood
Benson Songs
Holy Communion:……………………………Pastor Steven
Communion Hymn:“Alleluia#186 UMH
Words: Jerry Sinclair, 1972 Music: Jerry Sinclair, 1972
1.Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
2.He’s my Savior  3.I will praise Him
Closing Hymn: “He Lives  #310 UMH
Words: Alfred H. Ackley, 1933
Music: Alfred H. Ackley, 1933
1.I serve a risen Savior, he’s in the world today;
I know that he is living, whatever foes may say.
I see his 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 lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along
life’s narrow way.  He lives, he lives,
salvation to impart! You ask me how I know
he lives? He lives within my heart.
2.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.
3.Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing.
eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek him, the help of all who find;
none other is so loving, so good and kind.
Dismissal with Blessing:……………………………Pastor Steven
Postlude:…………”Glorious, Glorious”………………Musicians


Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All pray in silence.

Pastor Steven: Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

All:  Glory to God. Amen.


Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.

All, including the pastor, exchange signs and words of God’s peace by crossing hands, wave to one another due to social distancing guidelines.

Pastor Steven: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Pastor Steven: Lift up your hearts. The pastor may lift hands and keep them raised.

All: We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor Steven: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor Steven: And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Pastor Steven: In union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

All: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pastor Steven: All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.

All: Amen.


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