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Lower United Methodist Church

Easter Sunday
April 4th, 2021
Rev. Ileana Rosario invites you to worship with us!
For in-person worship, find us inside the church this morning at 10:30.
(Outside at the crosses at 10AM if it's not raining)
Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/3h7PzbIqVuY
or
Download from Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/532717500/77cee42f57
Greeting and Welcome
Prelude - Up from the Grave
 
Centering Words (Pastor)
Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! The power of love has overturned the power of death proclaiming the victory of our risen Lord! As we worship, let us encounter the risen Christ. Let us search in wonder, let us listen as he calls us by name!
 
Call to Worship (Responsive)
This is the day that the Lord has made!
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day that sees Christ rise!
Let us sing and praise his name.
This is the day of new beginnings!
Let us give thanks and celebrate his love.
 
Opening Prayer (Unison)
Living God, we celebrate the power of your love and your gift of life. We come searching for your presence. We long to experience your loving embrace. Lift up our hearts that we may rejoice in your power over death. Fill our hearts with joy as we sing your praises. Amen. 
 
Hymn
Christ the Lord is Risen Today  UMH 302
 
Joys and Concerns – Lord’s Prayer
 
Scripture reading
Acts 10:34-36

Hymn
Goodness Is Stronger than Evil                TFWS 2219
 
Prayer of Yearning (Unison)
Risen Christ, breathe new life into us this day. Inspire us with confidence. Open our hearts, to receive your promise of resurrection. Speak to us once more, that we might hear your voice and recognize your presence. From the darkness of doubt, guide us into the glorious light of faith and love. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.
 
Words of Assurance (Responsive)
God’s steadfast love endures forever,
calling forth new life and joy!
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!
 
Text
Mark 16:1-7

Sermon
“The empty tomb”
Rev. Ileana Rosario
 
Hymn
He Lives         UMH 310

Benediction
May God’s blessing of new life bring us peace.
May God’s gift of love fill our hearts.
May God’s promise of forgiveness give us hope.
Please remember those on our Prayer List in your prayers:

Floyd Ward
Vicki Hogge
Frances Johnston
Katie Kruse
Benjamin Garner's sister Jillian
Dianne McNamee
Family of Vince Recupido
Family of Andy Patterson

 
Last week's offering:
In-person  $1,210.50
E-giving    $     45.00
Total          $1,255.50

Needed for weekly goal:
$4,135.00

Our offerings YTD:
$49,275.57
Our 2021 YTD Goal:
$53,755.00

 
 
A  note about our Financial Reporting:

Years ago we set up an account called "Communion Fund" which was a repository for funds donated for use by the pastor to assist those in need. We have decided to clarify reporting to show a line item for Pastor Discretionary Fund and another line item for COVID Relief Fund. This will now be reflected in LUMC financial reports.
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