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Easter Sunday Bulletin, Mar 31 2024



Veradale United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation

Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace

“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are

welcome here!”

March 31, 2024 • 10:30 a.m.

Easter

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10:20 Gathering and Prelude

Wayne Shull, Music Director

Charlie Salt, AV

Joe McSwain, AV and Usher

Jerry Brines, Usher

Joe McSwain, Scripture reader

Naomi Hanvey, Candle lighter

Scotty Patton, Zoom Monitor

Sue Ferrozzo, Fellowship Set-Up

Naomi Hanvey Fellowship Clean-up

Rev. Genavieve Heywood, Pastor

10:30am Land Acknowledgement

We worship on the unceded traditional territory of the Spokane, Cayuse,

Umatilla, Walla Walla, Coeur d’Alene, and other tribes. We acknowledge

the history of indigenous genocide, removal, and erasure that continues to

this day. We recognize the role that Christian communities played in these

injustices, and we recommit ourselves to seeking more peaceful, just, and

neighborly ways of sharing this land with all who call it home.

Worship Begins

God lives among us . . . all the time!

All the time . . . God lives among us!

Service and Fellowship Opportunities

String-A-Lings practice Monday 6pm

Bible Study Monday at 7pm

Silent Prayer, Tuesday 9:00 to 9:30am

Sing-A-Lings (a.k.a.Choir) practice Wednesday 6:30pm

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Community giving this month: Mardi-Bras

One Great Hour of Sharing – donating to global helping ministries.

Flowering the Cross and Welcoming the Light of Christ

We sing and flower the cross. You are invited to share the blessing of

peace with those around you as you place flowers on the cross.

Hymn: “Christ the Lord, is Risen Today” 233 (NCH)

1. 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!

2. 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!

3. 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!

4. 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!

Community Prayer

Taize chant: Where love and caring are there is God. (Repeat)

Prayers of Gratitude

Where love and caring are there is God. (Repeat)

Prayers of Concern

Where love and caring are there is God. (Repeat)

Silent Prayer

Where love and caring are there is God. (Repeat)

A version of The Lord’s Prayer from

The New Zealand Prayer Book

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver, Source of all that is

and that shall be, Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is

heaven: The hallowing of your name echo through the universe! The

way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world! Your

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heavenly will be done by all created beings! Your commonwealth of

peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth. With the

bread we need for today, feed us. In the hurts we absorb from one

another, forgive us. In times of temptation and testing, strengthen us.

From trials too great to endure, spare us. From the grip of all that is

evil, free us. For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now

and forever. Amen.

Response: Sing Amen

(Sing Amen) Amen, we praise your name, O, God

(Sing Amen) Amen, we praise your name, O, God

(Sing Amen) Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen,

we praise your name, O, God

A Time of Offering

An Invitation to Share

Dedication Hymn: “Give Thanks”

Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. Give

thanks because God’s given Jesus Christ, the son. (Repeat) And now

let the weak say, “I am strong!” Let the poor say, “I am rich because

of what the Lord has done for us!” (repeat)

Give thanks. Give thanks.

Dedication prayer:

Renewer of Life, bless these offerings of our time, talent, and

treasure. May we live as your people overcoming hardship and

rejoicing in new beginnings. Bless all our gifts to Hope House and

Transitions Women’s Hearth. May our gifts signs of our love and

compassion. With gratitude, we pray. Amen

Listening for God

Message with Young Hearts

Scripture Passages

Acts 10:34-43 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that

God shows no partiality, but in every people anyone who fears him and

practices righteousness] is acceptable to him. You know the message he

sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of

all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the

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baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with

the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing

all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are

witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to

death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day and

allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by

God as witnesses and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the

dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is

the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the

prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives

forgiveness of sins through his name.”

John 20:1-18 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary

Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed

from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple,

the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord

out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”3 Then

Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two

were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the

tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there,

but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into

the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had

been on Jesus’s head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a

place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also

went in, and he saw and believed, for as yet they did not understand the

scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to

their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to

look into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white sitting where the body

of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They

said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have

taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When

she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but

she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are

you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the

gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where

you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She

turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means

Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not touch me, because I have not yet

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ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am

ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” 1Mary

Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,”

and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Message: Mary, Why are You Weeping?

Silence

Our Light moves into the World God Loves

Hymn: “ In the Bulb there is a Flower” 433(NCH)

1. In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; In cocoons, a

hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter

there’s a spring that waits to be, Unrevealed until its season, something

God alone can see.

2. There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; There’s a

dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will

come the future; what it holds, a mystery, Unrevealed until its season,

something God alone can see.

3. In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; In our doubt there is

believing; in our life, eternity, In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a

victory, Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

Benediction and Blessing

Be Yourself.

Grow in Christ.

Live with Compassion.

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