"You may weep and mourn, but your pain will turn to joy...and no one will take that joy from you. -John 16:20ff
The Choral Prelude included liturgical dance from Carolyn.
Call to Worship
[One] Christ has risen!
[All] Christ has risen indeed!
[One] Alleluia! Alleluia!
[All] We bring our joyful alleluias to this place today!
[One] The tomb is empty, and new life hovers in this dawn.
[All] We praise God for the joy of new life present in this day!
Opening Hymn: "Midnight Sharpness, Starfields, Fading"
Tiffany asked the kids how they show that they're happy and talked about how just as God is sad when you're sad, God is happy when you're happy, and God wants you to be happy.
Gospel Lesson: John 20:1-10
Special Music: "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit"
It wasn't quite the words I find when I Google, but in the intro they talked about the emphasis on every time I feel the spirit, not just in the good times, which felt very Trelawney to me (since she always pushes the Blue Christmas/Longest Night service, for example) and which I appreciated.
Gospel Lesson: John 20:11-18
In her sermon [blogspot, 7Villages] Tiffany talked about how in the Farewell Discourse (John 13-17) Jesus says over and over: "Know these three things: love, peace, and joy," and that we resist joy for so many reasons, but that God really wants us to have joy.
One of the bits I wrote down was "to live a life of Good Fridays is to deny" -- and I forget exactly what she said, but pulling up the online text: "But to dwell forever in a world of Good Fridays negates God’s proclamation that life and love are always more powerful than the forces of death and destruction."
And of course she quoted from The Color Purple :) "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."
It was a really good sermon for me to hear.
Call to Prayer: "Joy Comes With the Dawn"
Weeping may come; weeping may come in the night,
When dark shadows cloud our sight.
Joy comes with the dawn; joy comes with the morning sun;
Joy springs from the tomb and scatters the night with her song,
Joy comes with the dawn.
In the Prayers of the People, Kirk said Zimbabwe's elections are next week and, "Other than the vote being rigged, no one knows what's going to happen."
Offertory Hymn: "Christ Is Alive" (v. 4)
Love is alive, and comes to bring good news to this and every age,
Till earth and all creation ring with joy, with justice, love, and praise.
Passing of the Peace
Trelawney told me that Eric had asked her, "Do you think we'll see Elizabeth at the sunrise service?" and she was like: No. I said, "I've been telling people all week that I didn't expect to make it, since I was going to a party the night before."
Hymn: "Christ Is Risen"
Christ is risen! Earth and heaven nevermore shall be the same.
Break the bread of new creation where the world is still in pain.
Drink the wine of resurrection, not a servant, but a friend.
Jesus is a strong companion. Joy and peace shall never end!
Sunday, April 13, after worship/fellowship: "General What? A discussion and overview of the United Methodist General Conference."
Tiffany said it's "for people who are not by birth or orientation United Methodist." Heh.
Closing Hymn: "Sing the Risen Christ Today" [a rewritten version of "Christ the Lord is Ris'n Today"]
Sing the Risen Christ today, Alleluia!I loved that we sang six verses and that it was so enthusiastic.
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Love o'er death has ever won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids thee rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise! Alleluia!
Christ reveals a glorious Reign! Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Though for love his life he gave, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ has gone, Alleluia!
Following our Beloved One! Alleluia!
Made like thee, like thee we rise! Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies! Alleluia!
Hail, the Sun of earth and Heaven! Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given! Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now! Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou! Alleluia!
Song of glory, soul of bliss! Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this! Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy love to prove! Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love! Alleluia!
Hearing people at dinner talking about where they'd gone to church that morning made me feel less like a freak (cf. talking to RoomieKatie and her mom before morning church).
There was actually an entire ham, which felt almost weird because usually the meat portion of dinner is just part of a dish (meat lasagna or whatever), but apparently the Sunnyside
The quiche was really good. Apparently Sean made it for the first time as a trial run the night before and said it was actually easy.