Use this as a resource to guide you through the Easter Classic worship service.


String Quartet

Easter Hymns | arr. Colin Kirkpatrick


Easter Introit | arr. Joshua Strickler

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today! | by C. Wesley
Christ the Lord is ris’n today. Alleluia! All creation join to say: Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high. Alleluia! Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth reply: Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King. Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once, he all doth save. Alleluia! Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done. Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won. Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise. Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise. Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led. Alleluia! Foll’wing our exalted Head. Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise. Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!

Call to Worship and Welcome

Jonathan Hancock, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

Pastor: Christ is Risen
People: He is Risen indeed!
Pastor: Christ is Risen
People: He is Risen indeed!
Pastor: Christ is Risen
People: He is Risen indeed!
All: Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen.

All: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!

Forth He Came at Easter | by A. Pote
Virtual Choir directed by Joshua Strickler

Lyrics for meditation:
Christ is risen, alleluia! Christ is risen, alleluia!
Risen from the dead, risen as he said, risen, he is risen, Christ is risen, alleluia!
In the grave they laid him, love whom men had slain; thinking that never he would wake again.
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps uneen; love is come again like wheat that springeth green.
Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain, he that for three days in the grave had lain.
Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen; love is come again like wheat that springeth green.
Christ is risen, alleluia! Christ is risen, alleluia!
Risen from the dead, risen as he said, risen, he is risen, Christ is risen, alleluia!

Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon

Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and we pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made.

Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust in your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.

Thine Is the Glory | by E.L. Budry and R.B. Hoyle
Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.

Refrain: Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom.
Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
For the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. (Refrain)

No more we doubt thee, Glorious Prince of life!
Life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife.
Make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love;
Bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above. (Refrain)

Praying for God's World and the Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Invitation to First Presbyterian Church

Chris Griggs, Senior Pastor


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Holy God, Holy and Glorious | by S.R. Briehl, R.B. Farlee

Lyrics for meditation:
Holy God, holy and glorious, glory most sublime, you come as one among us into human time, and we behold your glory.
Holy God, holy and powerful, power without peer, you bend to us in weakness; emptied you draw near, and we behold your power.
Holy God, holy and beautiful, beauty unsurpassed, you are despised, rejected; scorned, you hold us fast, and we behold your beauty.
Holy God, holy and only wise, wisdom of great price, you choose the way of folly: God the crucified, and we behold your wisdom.
Holy God, holy and living one, life that never ends, you show your love by dying, dying for your friends, and we behold you living.

Proclaiming the Word

Just as He Told You

Scripture Reading | Mark 16:1-8 (NRSV)
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. 

Responding to God's Word

The Power of the Cross | by K. Getty and S. Townend
Oh, to see the dawn of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary tried by sinful men
Torn and beaten, then nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the pow’r of the cross: Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath, we stand forgiven at the cross.

Now the daylight flees; now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows his head; curtain torn in two
Dead are raised to life; “Finished!” the vict’ry cry.

This, the pow’r of the cross: Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath, we stand forgiven at the cross.
This the pow’r of the cross, Son of God, Christ was slain for us.

Oh, to see my name written in the wounds
For through your suffering I am free, death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live won through your selfless love.

This, the pow’r of the cross: Son of God – slain for us
What a love! What a cost! We stand forgiven at the cross.

Crown Him with Many Crowns | by G.J. Elvey abd G. Thring
Crown him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon his throne.
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of him who died for thee,
And hail him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of love!
Behold his hands and side–
Rich wounds, yet visible above,
In beauty glorified.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For thou hast died for me:
Thy praise and glory shall not fail
Throughout eternity.

Crown him the Lord of life!
Who triumphed o’er the grave,
Who rose victorious in the strife
For those he came to save.
His glories now we sing,
Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring
And lives that death may die.

Crown him the Lord of heaven!
One with the Father known,
One with the Spirit through him given
From yonder glorious throne.
To thee be endless praise,
For thou for us hast died.
Be thou, O Lord, through endless days
Adored and magnified!


Organ Postlude

Widor Toccata | by C. Widor
Kevin Lange, organist


Easter flowers were donated by Sandy and Dan Branda, Cindy Carmody, Phyllis Kidd, Caroline and Bob Meggenberg, Liz Merrell, Christina Rees, Marge Seyfert, Ann & Gary Still, Pete Vlasses, Jeff West, Nancy Wharton, Florence Wright and Alicia York. Thank you.


Samantha May and Joanne May, violin; Emily Puntuzs, viola; Jean Hatmaker, cello; Teddy Myers, piano; Kevin Lange, organ; Andrew Sedlacek, Kerri Andersen, Paul Drennan and Lily Wendt, vocals; Joshua Strickler, conductor

Faith in Finance

2021 Annual Budget: $1,657,639
Budgeted: $382,536 thru March 21
Actual: $419,543 thru March 21

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