First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland
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Order of Worship


First United Methodist Church, Ridgeland

Easter Sunday

10:45 AM                                    April 21, 2019

Quieted cell phones allow the soul to engage     


* As you are able, please stand where indicated


Flowers are placed in the sanctuary today to the Honor and Glory of God on Easter Resurrection Sunday in memory of the Jurgens family by the Yandell girls.


Welcome!  If you are our guest today, we welcome you. Please know we are thankful for your presence. Our greeters are here to serve by answering your questions as well as providing for your needs. Please call on them or any member of our congregation.


GATHERING MUSIC                                                                            Mallory Pickering


SPECIAL MUSIC                                                                                                    The Choir


                        Medley …. “Easter Song” and “Up From the Grave He Arose”


 WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS                              Miriam Malone, Lay Leader


* SHARING THE PEACE                                                                   The Congregation


CENTERING MUSIC                                                                         Mallory Pickering


CONNECTING                                                                                             Rev. Beth Miller


BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST                                                   The Acolytes


*HYMN OF PRAISE                        Christ the Lord Is Risen Today           UMH No. 302


GREETING                                                                                                      Miriam Malone


            In fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.


PRAYER       Almighty God, through Jesus Christ you overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. Grant that we, who celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may, by the renewing of your Spirit arise from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, THE APOSTLES’ CREED                           UMH No. 881


*GLORIA PATRI                  GLORY BE TO THE FATHER                       UMH No. 70




EPISTLE LESSON             1 Corinthians 15:19-26                                       Chris Todd


CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER                    The Pastor




*HYMN OF PREPARATION         In the Garden                                        UMH No. 314




            OFFERTORY PRAYER                                                    Rev. Percy Campbell


            * DOXOLOGY          Praise God, from Whom All Blessing Flow           UMH 94




SPECIAL MUSIC                 Mallory Pickering and Miriam Malone                        Duet




GOSPEL LESSON                          Luke 24: 1-12




SERMON                                         Amazed                                          Rev. Beth Miller




* HYMN OF RESPONSE               Up from the Grave He Arose              UMH No. 322  




BENEDICTION   The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.


                                                                                                                                                                Numbers 6: 24-26




* RECESSIONAL MUSIC              Seek Ye First                                    UMH No. 405












O God, our Father, at Easter time we remember the great hope of eternal life which you have set before us, and we feel within our hearts the longings for goodness and for you. Grant that nothing may hinder the hope of eternal life from coming true, and the desire for goodness and for you from being realized.” (From Prayers for the Christian year by William Barclay, and also from A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants, p.146)