The Season of Easter – Order of Worship (Apr 4 – May 16)

Order of Worship

 Life Tree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

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* Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

 

Welcome to this service of worship in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

You may follow the Easter liturgy and respond where the text is in bold print.

Please pick up your communion elements as you enter the sanctuary located on the Narthex table.

We care about the health of our community members, so we are following CDC guidelines for social distancing. Masks are required while in the sanctuary. Please sit in family clusters or by distancing yourself by sitting where X marks the spot. Unfortunately, we will not be singing.

Thank you for your concern and care of others. May your find the presence of the risen Christ this Easter Season.

 

PEALING OF THE BELLS

PRELUDE

PROCESSIONAL HYMN

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING SENTANCES

The Lord is risen! Alleluia!

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

 

PRAYER OF ADORATION

Glory to you, O God:
you have won victory over death,
raising Jesus from the grave,
and giving us eternal life.

Glory to you, O Christ:
for us and for our salvation you overcame death
and opened the gate to everlasting life.

Glory to you, O Holy Spirit:
you lead us into the truth.

Glory to you O Blessed Trinity,
now and forever. Amen.

 

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O Lord our God, we give you thanks for the new life you raise up in us
through the mystery of our baptism–
the sorrow of the heavy cross
the surprise of the empty tomb,
the love that death could not destroy.
By the power of your Holy Spirit poured out upon us in baptism,
fill us with the joy of resurrection, so that we may be a living sign of your new heaven and new earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

LITANY FOR EASTER

This is the day that the Lord had made:
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

This is the good news we have received,
In which we stand, and by which we are saved:
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

That Christ died for our sins, and was buried,
and rose again on the third day.
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

He appeared to Peter, and to the twelve,
and to many faithful witnesses.
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

At last he came to us, that we might come to believe
and proclaim this good news to the world.
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

O God, you gave your only Son
to suffer death on the cross for our redemption,
and by his glorious resurrection
you delivered us from the power of death.
Grant us so to die daily to sin,
that we may live with him
in the joy of his resurrection
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen

 

CONFESSION AND PARDON

Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. (I Peter 2:24). Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.

All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, but now we have returned to the shepherd and guardian or our souls. (I Peter 2:25)

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

Thanks be to God.

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Living God, with joy we celebrate the presence of your risen Word. Enliven our hearts by your Holy Spirit so that we may proclaim the good news of eternal and abundant life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

SCRIPTURE READINGS

          FIRST READING

          THE PSALM

          SECOND READING

          THE GOSPEL

 (To be read following the reading of scripture) Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. Believe in me. (Jn 14:1, 6) Thanks be to God. Amen.

SERMON

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

Let us confess the faith of our baptism

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of the saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

BAPTISM OR PASTORAL RITE

HYMN

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

We offer our prayers through Christ, who is risen from the dead, who lives and reigns forever, and prays for us in heaven.

Through Christ, we pray for the church. Let us be people of joy, living witnesses to the power of the resurrection, and the good news of your grace and peace.

Living God, Hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for the earth. From the dust of the damaged earth, raise up your new creation, full of beauty, wonder, and glory.

Living God, Hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for all nations. Let the message of your saving power spread throughout the world; that the dominion of death is no more.

Living God, Hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for Crystal River, and the communities represented by those present here today. Let the doors of this church be open wide as we go forth in love and service and other come in to find a home.

Living God, Hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for loved ones (here it is appropriate to share prayers for families, friends, neighbors, and enemies).

Give hope to those who wait for good news. Turn their mourning into dancing, and their sorrow into joy.

Living God, Hear our prayer.

God of all power and glory, receive these prayers, and continue your mighty work among us, through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING

DOXOLOGY

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COMMUNION HYMN

HOLY COMMUNION

_________________________________

BLESSING AND CHARGE

POSTLUDE

Easter comes from an old English word related to dawn and shining. At Easter we stand in light of the resurrection to see a new creation, transformed by the grace and glory of God. We celebrate the presence and power of the risen Christ in his church, proclaiming his good news through Word and Sacrament We rejoice in the gift of the Holy Spirit who is the Lord and giver of life. In the fullest sense, Easter is a new way of life, in which we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Rom.6:11); for this reason, it is an especially appropriate time to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism.ii

ii Book of Common Worship, PCUSA, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky,  2018, pgs. 316-323.

ii Ibid. Pg. 316.

* Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

pdf version >>

* Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

 

Welcome to this service of worship in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

You may follow the Easter liturgy and respond where the text is in bold print.

Please pick up your communion elements as you enter the sanctuary located on the Narthex table.

We care about the health of our community members, so we are following CDC guidelines for social distancing. Masks are required while in the sanctuary. Please sit in family clusters or by distancing yourself by sitting where X marks the spot. Unfortunately, we will not be singing.

Thank you for your concern and care of others. May your find the presence of the risen Christ this Easter Season.

 

PEALING OF THE BELLS

PRELUDE

PROCESSIONAL HYMN

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING SENTANCES

The Lord is risen! Alleluia!

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

 

PRAYER OF ADORATION

Glory to you, O God:
you have won victory over death,
raising Jesus from the grave,
and giving us eternal life.

Glory to you, O Christ:
for us and for our salvation you overcame death
and opened the gate to everlasting life.

Glory to you, O Holy Spirit:
you lead us into the truth.

Glory to you O Blessed Trinity,
now and forever. Amen.

 

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O Lord our God, we give you thanks for the new life you raise up in us
through the mystery of our baptism–
the sorrow of the heavy cross
the surprise of the empty tomb,
the love that death could not destroy.
By the power of your Holy Spirit poured out upon us in baptism, fill us with
the joy of resurrection, so that we may be a living sign of your new heaven
and new earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

LITANY FOR EASTER

This is the day that the Lord had made:
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

This is the good news we have received,
In which we stand, and by which we are saved:
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

That Christ died for our sins, and was buried,
and rose again on the third day.
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

He appeared to Peter, and to the twelve,
and to many faithful witnesses.
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

 At last he came to us, that we might come to believe
and proclaim this good news to the world.
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

O God, you gave your only Son
to suffer death on the cross for our redemption,
and by his glorious resurrection
you delivered us from the power of death.
Grant us so to die daily to sin,
that we may live with him
in the joy of his resurrection
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen

 

CONFESSION AND PARDON

Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. (I Peter 2:24). Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.

All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, but now we have returned to the shepherd and guardian or our souls. (I Peter 2:25)

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

Thanks be to God.

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Living God, with joy we celebrate the presence of your risen Word. Enliven our hearts by your Holy Spirit so that we may proclaim the good news of eternal and abundant life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

SCRIPTURE READINGS

          FIRST READING

          THE PSALM

          SECOND READING

          THE GOSPEL

 (To be read following the reading of scripture) Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. Believe in me. (Jn 14:1, 6) Thanks be to God. Amen.

SERMON

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

Let us confess the faith of our baptism

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of the saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

BAPTISM OR PASTORAL RITE

HYMN

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

We offer our prayers through Christ, who is risen from the dead, who lives and reigns forever, and prays for us in heaven.

Through Christ, we pray for the church. Let us be people of joy, living witnesses to the power of the resurrection, and the good news of your grace and peace.

Living God, Hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for the earth. From the dust of the damaged earth, raise up your new creation, full of beauty, wonder, and glory.

Living God, Hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for all nations. Let the message of your saving power spread throughout the world; that the dominion of death is no more.

Living God, Hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for Crystal River, and the communities represented by those present here today. Let the doors of this church be open wide as we go forth in love and service and other come in to find a home.

Living God, Hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for loved ones (here it is appropriate to share prayers for families, friends, neighbors, and enemies).

Give hope to those who wait for good news. Turn their mourning into dancing, and their sorrow into joy.

Living God, Hear our prayer.

God of all power and glory, receive these prayers, and continue your mighty work among us, through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING

DOXOLOGY

__________________________________

COMMUNION HYMN

HOLY COMMUNION

_________________________________

BLESSING AND CHARGE

POSTLUDE

Easter comes from an old English word related to dawn and shining. At Easter we stand in light of the resurrection to see a new creation, transformed by the grace and glory of God. We celebrate the presence and power of the risen Christ in his church, proclaiming his good news through Word and Sacrament We rejoice in the gift of the Holy Spirit who is the Lord and giver of life. In the fullest sense, Easter is a new way of life, in which we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Rom.6:11); for this reason, it is an especially appropriate time to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism.ii

ii Book of Common Worship, PCUSA, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky,  2018, pgs. 316-323.

ii Ibid. Pg. 316.

* Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.