REJOICE IN GOD

The Order of Worship

LIGHTING OF CHRIST CANDLE

GREETINGS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:   Sing a new song!

Response:  A springtime shout-out to life!

Leader:   Sing praise to our joyful Easter God

Response:  Whose power brings new life out of death!

Leader:   Immerse doubt and despair in the fountain of new birth

Response: Find refreshment and strength for a future of hope!

Leader:   For God has taken ordinary things

Response:  And made them extraordinary

All:  Sing a New Song!

HYMN OF PRAISE:

 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” 

Praise to the Lord, 

The Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise Him, 

for He is thy health and salvation!

All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;

Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, 

Who over all things so wondrously reigneth,

Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!

Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, 

Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;

Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.

Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,

If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, 

O let all that is in me adore Him!

All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.

Let the Amen sound from His people again,

Gladly for aye we adore Him.

Opening Prayer (Unison)

Holy God, 

Nothing is beyond your power to transform!

In a gray dawn, you coax songs of Alleluia!

From the tombs of despair we take refuge in

You call us to wake up and work. 

We praise you for this amazing day! 

Come, Risen Christ, 

in newness and hope on this Eastertide morning. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Leader:    Redeeming God, with you there is always more life, more hope, more joy.  

When doubt assails us, and we fail to recognize you at work in our lives, 

Response: Lord, have mercy!

Leader:  When fear impairs our faith, and our eyes and ears and hearts do not know you,  

Response: Christ, have mercy! 

Leader:    When anger and sorrow stop us from doing the risky work of love, 

Response:   Lord, have mercy!

Words of Assurance   (Minister)

Within every kernel of doubt, there is a spark of life and hope. In those times when our faith falters,  when we cannot recognize the presence of the Holy among us, God takes our faith and transforms it, patiently showing us the many ways Christ walks among us. 

Look around you:  as close as your own beating heart, and in the eyes of           your nearest neighbor, grace abounds at the heart of all life.  

You are all God’s children, loved without condition, go in that peace. Amen.

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE READING OF THE SCRIPTURE

THE MEDITATION

CALL TO OFFERING 

Easter teaches us that generous love is at the heart of God’s work. Joyfully we are able to give knowing that our gifts will help others 

to see the blessed miracle of God’s creative joy. 

OFFERING PRAYER

Loving God, can a generous prayer be lifted up to you this Eastertide? Can these gifts, given with love, be further transformed like echoes of grace, delighting all who receive their blessings?  May it be so, through the surprising power of your Holy Spirit, and may our lives speak of a loving God, full of Easter surprises. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 

“Christ the Lord is Risen Today”  [HFJ 163]

Words: Charles Wesley , 1739 

Tune: EASTER HYMN

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! 

Mortal tongues and angels say: Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, glad heavens, and earth reply: Alleluia!

Let the Victor’s people sing, Alleluia!

Where O death, is now your sting? Alleluia!

Dying once, Christ lives to save, Alleluia!

Where your victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!

Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids Christ rise, Alleluia!

God has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!

Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!

Made like Christ, like Christ we rise, Alleluia!

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! 

Benediction

Follow God’s lead into new life!

Recognize Jesus in unexpected places.

Easter! Christ is Risen! 

May you dance an alleluia dance, 

and sing a resurrection song. 

Laugh with God and let joy reside in your hearts always. Amen.

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Preacher: Rev. Jonathan M. Cal

Liturgy preparation: Rev. Tess D. Torres

Editing & Publication: Majah Airez J. Beley/Jeany Diao

Styling: Rev. Jonathan M. Cal

Powerpoint: Judith L. Ducay

Live Stream Worship Team: 

Rev. Jonathan M. Cal

Rev. Sherry T. Tubio

Majah Airez J. Beley

Hymns taken from the Hymnal of a Faith Journey, DS, SU, Dumaguete City.

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