A service plan for Easter Sunday celebrating the victory accomplished through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, part of a Lenten series following specific events that led up to Christ's death and resurrection.
This series of worship services explores the major events that happened leading up to and following Christ's death.
This is Easter Sunday and the theme of the service can be none other than a celebration of the victory that God has accomplished through the resurrection of Jesus Christ! This celebration is expressed in song, throughout the liturgy, and in the sermon. While the story of Christ's resurrection is retold its implications will be proclaimed.
This service is another in the series of services under the theme "Were You There?" and so it will approach the event in a narrative style and encourage each worshiper to enter into the story.
WE GATHER TO CELEBRATE
Prelude: "Low in the Grave Christ Lay," J. Ferguson
"Fanfare," J. Lemmens
"The Strife Is O'er," L. Shoemaker-Lohmeyer
Hearing the Easter Story: Matthew 28:1-15
Introit: "All Shall Be Well," Foley
The Welcome and Call to Worship
*God's Greeting and Congregational Amen!
*The Worshipers Greet Each Other and Pass the Peace
*Song of Proclamation: "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" PH 113, PsH 388, SFL 172, TH 277, TWC 234, UMH 302
st. 1 - all
st. 2 - antiphonally (east side first; west side on "Alleluia")
st. 3 - all in unison
st. 4 - antiphonally (west side first; east side on "Alleluia")
st. 5 - all, with descant
*Song of Celebration: "Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing" PH 111, PsH 397, RL 326, TH 270, TWC 255
Anthem: "Jesus Is Risen, Alleluia!" Nagy
Song of Celebration: "Christ Is Risen" SNC 147, UMH 307
Anthem: "Share the Easter Joy," Patterson
Songs of Praise: "A Shout Rings Out, a Joyful Voice" PsH 392
"Low in the Grave Christ Lay" PsH 396, TH 276, TWC 235, UMH 322
(During the singing the offering will be received.)
GOD TELLS US THE STORY OF EASTER
The Prayer for Illumination
Sermon: "Were You There in the Garden When He Arose?"
(Were You There - #7)
Song: "Were You There?" PH 102, PsH 377, SFL 167, TH 260, TWC 218
1. "Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?"
2. "Do you know he arose for you and me?"
The Morning Prayer
WE CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
*Song: "Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks" PH 106, PsH 402, RN 271 SFL 173, TWC 240, UMH 162
Anthem: "On Earth Has Dawned This Day of Days," Hopson
*Song: "Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen" SNC 150
*The Benediction with Congregational Amen!
*Song of Celebration: "Hallelujah Chorus," Handel
(As our worship concludes with the joyful celebration of the “Hallelujah Chorus," you are
invited to sing from the pew or join the choir in the front of the sanctuary.)
Postlude: "Toccata from the 'Fifth Symphony,' " Widor
* you are invited to stand
Glossary of Hymnal Abbreviations:
PH The Presbyterian Hymnal (Presbyterian Church USA; Westminster/John Knox Press)
PsH The Psalter Hymnal (Christian Reformed Church; Faith Alive Christian Resources)
RL Rejoice in the Lord (Reformed Church in America; W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)
RN Renew! (Hope Publishing Company)
SFL Songs for LiFE (children's songbook; Faith Alive Christian Resources)
SNC Sing! A New Creation (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Christian Reformed Church,
Reformed Church in America; Faith Alive Christian Resources)
TH Trinity Hymnal (Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America; Great
TWC The Worshiping Church (Hope Publishing Company)
UMH The United Methodist Hymnal (United Methodist Publishing House)
WOV With One Voice (Augsburg Fortress)
1. Resources for the organ prelude can be found in the following:
Alternative pieces on VICTORY can be found in:
2. The SATB introit "All Shall Be Well" by John Foley, SJ, is published by North American Liturgy Resources 5569  (E-M).
3. Alternative accompaniments for the two opening hymns of the service can be found in the following:
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4. The unison anthem "Jesus Is Risen, Alleluia!" composed by Russell Nagy is published by Beckenhorst JH524 (E). This anthem could be sung by combined adult and children's choirs.
5. The hymn "Christ Is Risen" can also be effectively sung to the tune HYMN/ODE TO JOY.
6. The unison/two-part anthem "Share the Easter Joy" by Mark Patterson is published by Choristers Guild CGA 851 (E-M).
7. We encourage congregational singing during the offertory in this service. With the wealth of wonderful Easter songs and the desire of congregations to sing joyfully on this high holy day, sing as often as you can!
8. Because spirituals were passed on through aural/oral tradition, we have taken the liberty to craft verses on "Were You There" that tie in with the theme and sermon. An alternative harmonization for this spiritual can be found in Hymn Harmonizations for Organ, vol. 3, arranged by John Ferguson and published by Ludwig O-10 . An alternative harmonization for piano by Michael Hassell can be found in Let It Rip! At the Piano, published by Augsburg Fortress 11-11045 .
9. The two-part anthem for mixed voices, "On Earth Has Dawned This Day of Days" by Hal H. Hopson, is published by Choristers Guild CGA 709  (E-M).
10. Congregational copies of the "Hallelujah Chorus" can be purchased through Fred Bock Music Company B-G0745 . A choral arrangement transposed to the key of C by Clair W. Johnson was published by Rubank, Inc. in 1941. Using the transposition makes the chorus more accessible for congregational singing.
11. The postlude "Toccata" from the Fifth Organ Symphony of Charles Widor is published by Marks  (D).