North Presbyterian Church
April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday 9:45 & 11:00am Sunday Worship

Silent Prayer of Preparation: Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee.

Prelude “Now the Green Blade Rises” French Carol

Introit: Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord, Alleluia, alleluia! Give Praise to His Name. Jesus is Lord of all the earth. He is the King of creation. Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord, Alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to His Name. B106 vs1


Call to Worship:
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!
The women found the tomb empty, the disciples saw and some believed.
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed. Death is defeated, God is with us!
No matter what, Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! God is with us!

Hymn Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! Unto Christ our heavenly King Alleluia! Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia! B123 vs1,2

Prayer of Confession: (Unison) Each morning is new. Each day grows old. We start with a clean slate and fill it, Clean our slate again, please.
(Please pray silently) Gracious God, forgive us all our sins, conscious and unconscious. Create in us clean hearts and ready spirits to follow you, in Christ we pray. Amen.

Response: Sing we to our God Above Alleluia! Praise eternal as God’s love; Alleluia! Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia! Father, Son, and Holy
Ghost. Alleluia! B123 vs4

Assurance of Pardon
In the Risen Jesus we are forgiven and set free to live for Him!
In Christ who defeated death we are free to love and to serve God always!
Prayer for peace: Come and fill our hearts with your peace. You alone, O Lord,
are holy. Come and fill our hearts with your peace, Alleluia! 2157
Prayer for Illumination: Holy Spirit come to us, kindle in us the fire of your love. Holy Spirit come to us.

Old Testament Lessons: Psalm 119: 169-176

Hymn Christ the Lord is risen! Christ the Lord is risen! Yesu. Christ the Lord is risen! Christ the Lord is risen! Yesu. 2116 vs1

New Testament Lesson: Matthew 28: 1-7

These are the Words of the Lord: Thanks be to God

Sermon “On Ahead of You” Rev. Stuart C. Buisch

Creed In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, who alone we worship and serve. We trust in Jesus Christ fully human, fully God; preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. A Brief Statement of Faith


Hymn Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna! Celebrate this day of days! Christ is risen! Hush in wonder: all creation is amazed. In the desert all-surrounding, see, a spreading tree has grown. Healing leaves of grace abounding bring a taste of love unknown. P248 vs1
Joys and Concerns/Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer (pray for our church family)

Hymn Christ has risen while earth slumbers; Christ has risen where hope died, as he said and as he promised, as we doubted and denied. Let the moon embrace the blessing; let the sun sustain the cheer; let the world confirm the rumor: Christ is risen, God is here!
Christ has risen and forever lives to challenge and to change all whose lives are messed or mangled, all who find religion strange. Christ is risen, Christ is present making us what he has been: evidence of transformation in which God is known and seen. P231 vs 1,3
Charge Even straight roads bend. The horizon has hidden things. With Christ each step is possible and we have what we need for every horizon.

Benediction May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the
community of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.
Song: At the door we are commissioned, now the Easter victory’s won, to restore a world divided to the peace of Christ as one. Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter’s work must still be done. 2114 v

Postlude “Christe Sanctorum” Cain

No Bible study this week.

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