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With your love! Christ is risen!

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know
Quote for Reflection: Christ is risen indeed! that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not
And so love is unstoppable
 Testify! Christ is risen! here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place
even by death,
 Christ is risen indeed! where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has
life is not destroyed
 been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you
With good works . . . Christ is risen!
by having been through hell,
 to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for
Christ is risen indeed! you.”
and light does not stay smothered

by the darkest of nights. Testify! Christ is risen!
We are not people of fear anymore.
 Christ is risen indeed! So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to
We know now how this story ends… Let your light shine . . . Christ is risen! tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said,
‘Greetings!”
Christ is risen indeed!
Testify! Christ is risen! And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped
-We Gather as God’s People- Christ is risen indeed! him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell the
Let’s share the good news with our lives! Amen! disciples to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
PRELUDES Sunrise Praise Iouri Grichetchkine
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to
Come Ye Faithful Arr. Peterson HYMN Easter People Raise Your Voices UMH 304 which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they
worshiped him; but some doubted.
WELCOME (IN THE DARK) KIDS’ LITANY And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and
We praise you, Jesus, because Good Friday on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples
CALL TO WORSHIP met Easter Day and Life has won! (clap 1X) of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
One: Can you hear the sun rise? The grave could not hold Jesus! (clap 2X) the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey
Many: Shhhhhhh! Faith and love are stronger than death! (clap 3X) everything that I have commanded you.
One: Can you hear the stone roll away? Christ is Risen! Christ is risen indeed! (clap 4X) And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Many: Shhhhhhh! Alleluia and Amen! (applause!)
One: Can you hear the angels laugh?
Many:
One:
Shhhhhhh!
Can you hear the silence break?
PRAISE Shine, Jesus, Shine!
Christ the Lord Is Risen, Yesu
FWS 2173
FWS 2116 -We Respond to God’s Word-
Many: Alleluia! REFLECTION Threatened with Resurrection
One: Nothing can keep us quiet any longer PASSING THE PEACE
for Christ is risen! HYMN Alleluia, Alleluia UMH 162
YOUNG PEOPLE’S MESSAGE
Many: Alleluia! (getting louder each time)
Alleluia! Alleluia! SOLO Beautiful City Godspell Revival PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY Dawn at the Cross Lani Smith
HYMN Christ the Lord Is Risen Today UMH 302 DOXOLOGY UMH 94
OPENING TO GOD (on insert)
EASTER LITANY based on Acts 4:33
With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the -We Listen for God’s Word-
resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. -We Are Sent Into God’s World-
Easter people, testify! Christ is risen! GOSPEL Matthew 28
Christ is risen indeed! After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, ANNOUNCEMENTS
Easter people, testify! Christ is risen! Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.
Christ is risen indeed! And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the BENEDICTION Bishop Woodie White
With your voices . . . Christ is risen! Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone
Christ is risen indeed! and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his RESPONSE Halle, Halle, Halleluja! (3x) FWS 2026
Testify! Christ is risen! clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and Halleluja! Halleluja!
Christ is risen indeed! became like dead men.
Birthdays Below are people, places, & concerns that folk have lifted up.
Please keep them in your prayers at home.
21 April: Noah Heffernan Please call or email the church office to add to the prayer list.
28 April: Bill Wiegner, Melanie Brown, Dakota Jones
23 April: Dale & Mary Thompson Anniversary Ongoing Prayers Ongoing Prayers, cont.
Arlitha Tim

Easter Sunday
Essex Eats Out Schedule Callie Lenore
Anne Kennison Michael Parker
Apr 19 - St James Apr 26 - EUMC May 3 - 1st Congo
May 10 - Holy Family May 17 - St. James May 24 - EUMC Mary Willard Lifted Up Last Sunday
Norma Strickland Nancy - passing of Ned Kirsch, peace for
Announcements Judy & Diezela his family
Matthew C. Fred - Marlene’s healing from knee
COTS request from Mission Committee: Biggest need is new
Elissa & Leif replacement, guidance of the surgeons
linens, necessary toiletries, baby wipes and warm mittens (they
have enough hats). Red Tub in Fellowship Hall is open-- full list Greg Dana - Donna, awaiting test results
is beside it. **Paula Pickering is forming a COTS Walk Team Paula DeMichele Grant? - Mitsumi’s father, in declining
and accepting donations today! Don Strickland health
Ellie Uckele Dawn - healing for Leif, travelling
Surprise 90th birthday party for Mary Willard on May 4th, mercies for the Demings
Cole
1-5 pm, downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Cards are welcome but
Harley Prayers for the future of New England
please, no gifts. RSVP to Dianna Willard at 802-734-5402.
Gordon Mitchinson Methodists and all committed to
inclusion and justice
Calendar Susan

Tuesdays: Pastor Is In @ Nest Coffee Shop 10 am - 11:30 am


Jericho Clergy Group 11:30-12:30
Church Office 1 pm- 2 pm

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Mt Mansfield Bible Study 2 pm
Thursdays: Church Office 10:00 am- noon

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Mon, 22 Apr: Monday Companions at Eve’s home. Conclude
Wesley Discussion. Next Book: Holy Envy by
Barbara Brown Taylor for May 6. Essex Center United Methodist Church
essex_umc@comcast.net tel. 878-8304
Fri, 26 Apr: WoWW Luncheon, JP’s Restaurant (River Rd), www.essexumc.com
11:30am
Ministers: the entire congregation Lay Leader: Joshua Knox
Essex Eats Out at ECUMC, 5:30 pm
Equipping Pastor: Rev. V. Mitchell Hay
cell tel. 881-3268 (feel free to call) mitchellhay@comcast.net
Mon, 29 Apr: Living the Questions: Trinity 7:00 pm
Office Manager: Elissa Johnsen
Wed-Thu, 1-2 May: Pastor Mitch will be at the Board of Sunday School Coordinator: Krista Rochefort
Ordained Ministry Retreat in North Andover. MA. Organ: Kathryn Parker Piano: June Packard

Thurs, May 2: Grace Naylor graveside service, 1:00 pm.


Song Leader: Dana LaClair Projection: Sam Evans
Essex Center
Reception at church. Ushers: Chuck & Jeremy, Claire N
Greeter: Donna H
next week:Donna P
next week: Art & Sue B Un-Tied Methodist Church
Wed-Thu, 1-2 May: Pastor Mitch will be at the Board of Nursery Helper Liz R next week: Sally J
Ordained Ministry Retreat in North Andover. MA. Sun. Sch. Helper: Elissa next week: Emily 10:00 A.M. 21 April 2019
-Easter Flowers 2019- -Easter Flowers 2019- -Easter Flowers 2019-

Given By: In Memory of: Given By: In Memory of: Given By: In Memory of:

Vickie Casazza Joe Casazza, Charlotte Brown Vickie Casazza Joe Casazza, Charlotte Brown Vickie Casazza Joe Casazza, Charlotte Brown
Vickie Casazza Bud & Ruth Roberts Vickie Casazza Bud & Ruth Roberts Vickie Casazza Bud & Ruth Roberts
Judy Hatin Andy Hatin Judy Hatin Andy Hatin Judy Hatin Andy Hatin
Sally Jablonski Audrey Sally Jablonski Audrey Sally Jablonski Audrey
Wes & Ruth Bristol Our Parents & Son-in-law Wes & Ruth Bristol Our Parents & Son-in-law Wes & Ruth Bristol Our Parents & Son-in-law
Dana LaClair Carolyn Mott Ford Dana LaClair Carolyn Mott Ford Dana LaClair Carolyn Mott Ford
Dana LaClair Tarri Bergazzi Hulme Dana LaClair Tarri Bergazzi Hulme Dana LaClair Tarri Bergazzi Hulme
Dana LaClair Clover LaClair Dana LaClair Clover LaClair Dana LaClair Clover LaClair
Lisa Kirchberg Marie & Suzie Kirchberg Lisa Kirchberg Marie & Suzie Kirchberg Lisa Kirchberg Marie & Suzie Kirchberg
Narda Carlson Scott Carlson Narda Carlson Scott Carlson Narda Carlson Scott Carlson
Narda Carlson Gloria & Ben McKeen Narda Carlson Gloria & Ben McKeen Narda Carlson Gloria & Ben McKeen
Norman Thompson Peggy Thompson Norm Thompson Peggy Thompson Norm Thompson Peggy Thompson
Bob McLane Vivian McLane Bob McLane Vivian McLane Bob McLane Vivian McLane
& Evelyn Lloyd & Evelyn Lloyd & Evelyn Lloyd
Corson Family Barbara Hopkins Corson Family Barbara Hopkins Corson Family Barbara Hopkins
Julia Davenport Ned Kirsch & his family Julia Davenport Ned Kirsch & family Julia Davenport Ned Kirsch & family
Kevin & Jody Heffernan Our Parents Kevin & Jody Heffernan Our Parents Kevin & Jody Heffernan Our Parents

Given By: In Honor of: Given By: In Honor of: Given By: In Honor of:

Wesley & Ruth Bristol Children & Grandchildren Wesley & Ruth Bristol Children & Grandchildren Wesley & Ruth Bristol Children & Grandchildren
-Christ Is Risen- -Christ Is Risen- -Christ Is Risen-
Steve Garnaas-Holmes Steve Garnaas-Holmes Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Christ, you have occupied our humanity Christ, you have occupied our humanity Christ, you have occupied our humanity
more deeply than we, more deeply than we, more deeply than we,
bearing our sin and sorrow, bearing our sin and sorrow, bearing our sin and sorrow,
receiving our shame, our despair. receiving our shame, our despair. receiving our shame, our despair.

You, the Human One, You, the Human One, You, the Human One,
have borne our whole burden, have borne our whole burden, have borne our whole burden,
our separateness, our death. our separateness, our death. our separateness, our death.

You poured yourself out You poured yourself out You poured yourself out
into us until there was nothing left but God. into us until there was nothing left but God. into us until there was nothing left but God.

When we have poured ourselves into you When we have poured ourselves into you When we have poured ourselves into you
until there is nothing in us but you, until there is nothing in us but you, until there is nothing in us but you,
in the darkness of the tomb, in the darkness of the tomb, in the darkness of the tomb,
you who are life and light you who are life and light you who are life and light
unfold and break even the bonds of death itself unfold and break even the bonds of death itself unfold and break even the bonds of death itself
and there is only light and life, and there is only light and life, and there is only light and life,
and everything is changed. and everything is changed. and everything is changed.

Death is weak. Death is weak. Death is weak.


A door easily swung open. A door easily swung open. A door easily swung open.

Love is our grave and our womb, Love is our grave and our womb, Love is our grave and our womb,
and the flowing of our lives, and the flowing of our lives, and the flowing of our lives,
always out of ourselves into you. always out of ourselves into you. always out of ourselves into you.

Christ has borne the love of God Christ has borne the love of God Christ has borne the love of God
even into hell, even into hell, even into hell,
and love, as always, has prevailed. and love, as always, has prevailed. and love, as always, has prevailed.

Christ is risen. Christ is risen. Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Christ is risen indeed. Christ is risen indeed.