God's Open House

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

Call to Worship
One:       Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel! Christ has risen!
All:          Christ has risen indeed!
One:       Let every man and woman count himself immortal.
All:          For Christ has revealed the way to conquer death in his resurrection.
One:       We gather together to sing and pray the story we know by heart, a story of loving triumph and powerful grace.
All:          This story of “Alleluia!” means great joy for the ones who live and the ones who witness this new life, in all the places of our lives!
One:       We rejoice and thank you for the life of your son, resurrected by the power of your loving, vibrant spirit.
All:          Let this same spirit fill all the places of our lives, that we may know the truth of resurrection for the rest of our lives!
One:       Let us say not merely, ‘Christ is risen,’ but ‘I shall rise.’
All:          We shall rise with all the saints to goodness and glory.
One:       We join our hearts in song and sing “Alleluia! Gracious Jesus!” for Christ is living and so are we!
All:          Alleluia, indeed!

Prayer of Renewal    (RCL Collect)
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.