Anti-Racism Resources

10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship – Click HERE

A comprehensive list of anti-racism resources – Click HERE

Anti-racism for Kids 101 – Starting to talk about Race – Click HERE

Interview with Rev. Anthony Bailey, Minister with the United Church of Canada – Click HERE

Wilbur Howard and the White Church (The first black moderator of the United
Church faced racism that still resonates today) – Click HERE

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020 Liturgy

Gathering of God’s People

Welcome 

The Christ Candle is Lit

As I light the Christ candle, I invite you to also light a candle, if you have one. It reminds us of the presence and the love of Christ that surrounds us. We are not alone. 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge these lands upon which we worship, as the ancestral, traditional and unceded lands of the Syilx (Say-elks) / Okanagan First Nations. Together with Indigenous peoples we desire a different relationship based on respect and right relations.

Coming Into God’s Presence

Call to Worship
One: Creator, parent of the human family,
All:  we gather to worship you.
One: In baptism, we are called beloved children of God, as such,
All:  we gather to worship you.
One: Friends, neighbours, siblings in faith,
All:  we gather to worship in song, in prayer, in readings from your story, from our story, in thoughts and reflections. Let us worship God.
Jackie Harper, Gathering

Hymn VU 644 I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry
I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be
there when you are old.  I rejoiced the day you
were baptized, to see your life unfold.

I was there when you were but a child,
with a faith to suit you well,
in a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell.

When you heard the wonder of the word, I was
there to cheer you on, you were raised to praise the
living Lord, to whom you now belong.

If you find someone to share your time
and you join your hearts as one,
I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme
From dusk till rising sun.

In the middle ages of your life, not too
old, no longer young. I’ll be there to guide you
through the night, complete what I’ve begun

When the evening gently closes in
and you shut your weary eyes,
I’ll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise.
(Words: John Ylviskar 1985 Music: John Ylviskar 1985 Words and music copyright © 1985 John Carl Ylisvkar Used by Permission One License A-605256)

 Gathering Prayer
One: God, creator of us all, we gather to worship you.
All:  We come as individuals, we come in family units, we come as neighbours and friends.
One: We come here where we are known by name, welcomed with all our fragilities and
strengths.
All:  We gather with kindred spirits who long to live faithful to your calling.
One: Guide us, inspire us, challenge us, comfort us, and nurture us in this time of worship so that we might be enabled to return to our daily lives ready to engage fully with all of your creation. We pray. Amen.
– Jackie Harper

 Theme Conversation: Cindy Garnham and Harry on Family

 Response: MV 7 Gather Us In
Gather us in, ground us in you.
Gather us in, ground us in you.
Gather us in, gather us in.
Ground us, ground us, in you.
(Words and music: David Hann, 2005, Frensh trans. David Fines, 2006. Words and music copyright © 2005, David Hann. Used by permission. French translation copyright © 2006. David Fines. All Rights  Reserved. Used by Permission One License A-605256)

 Listening for God’s Word

 Reading: A Reading from Embers by Richard Wagamese
From our very first breath, we are in
relationship. With that indrawn draft of air, we
become joined to everything that ever was, is
and ever will be. When we exhale, we forge that
relationship by virtue of the act of living. Our
breath commingles with all breath, and we are
a part of everything. That’s the simple fact of
things. We are born into a state of relationship,
and our ceremonies and rituals are guides to lead
us deeper into that relationship with all things.
Big lesson? Relationships never end; they just
change. In believing that lies the freedom to carry
compassion, empathy, love, kindness and respect
into and through whatever changes. We are made
more by that practice. 

Response: MV7 Gather Us In
Gather us in, ground us in you.
Gather us in, ground us in you.
Gather us in, gather us in.
Ground us, ground us, in you.
(Words and music: David Hann, 2005, Frensh trans. David Fines, 2006. Words and music copyright © 2005, David Hann. Used by permission. French translation copyright © 2006. David Fines. All Rights  Reserved. Used by Permission One License A-605256)

 Scripture: John 17:20-24
20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,[a] so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

 Reflection

 Time of Silent Reflection

 Responding to God’s Love

Music: MV1 Let Us Build a House

Let us build a house where love can dwell and

all can safely live, a place where saints and

children tell how hearts learn to forgive.  Built of

hopes and dreams and visions, rock and faith and vault of

grace; here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

 

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.

 

Let us build a house where prophets speak, and

words are strong and true, where all God’s children

dare to seek to dream God’s reign anew.  Here the

cross shall stand as witness and as symbol of God’s

grace; here as one we claim the faith of Jesus;

 

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.

 

Let us build a house where love is found in

water, wine and wheat; a banquet hall on

holy ground, where peace and justice meet.

Here the love of God, through Jesus, is revealed in time and

space; as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:

 

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.

 

Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond

the wood and stone to heal and strength,

holy ground, where peace and justice meet.  Here the

outcast and the stranger bear the image of God’s

face; let us bring an end to fear and danger:

 

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.

 

Let us build a house where all are named, their

songs and voices heard and loved and treasured,

taught and claimed as words within the Word.

Built of tears and cries and laughter,

prayers of faith and songs of grace;

let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:

 

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.

(Words and music: Marty Haugen; Words and music copyright 1994 GIA Publications Inc. Used by permission One License A-605256)

 

Offering
Let us Pray…
Creator God, you have blessed our lives with relationships that both inspire and challenge.
We offer these gifts so that we might continue to build relationships
with one another and with your whole creation.
Bless these gifts that they may bring wholeness and life abundance to all your people.
We pray. Amen.
Jackie Harper

Prayers of the People (Fern Gibbard)

Now let’s join together in saying the Lord’s Prayer.

Lord’s Prayer (VU 916)
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 peoples of the world!
Your 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 test, 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 for ever. Amen.

Minute for Mission

Music:

The Prayer, sung by Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang, John Legend from One World: Together At Home in April.

Sending Forth and Benediction:

One: We go with questions answered and answers questioned.
All: Each day we live, we discover again what it means to be an Easter people.
One: We go together
All: with the blessing of the living Christ. Amen.
– Ryan McNally, Gatherings

 Going Forth: MV #215
Peace be with you, peace forever,
peace be with you my friends.
Till we meet again,
may God be with you.
Peace, peace, peace. (Words and music Alison L Wesley (Slaats) 2000. Words and Music copyright Alison L. Wesley (Slaats). Used by Permission (©LicenSing #605256))

 

 

PUC Worship Service ~ Third Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020

Welcome

The Christ Candle is Lit

Land Acknowledgement
We acknowledge these lands upon which we worship, as the ancestral, traditional and unceded lands of the Syilx (Say-elks) / Okanagan First Nations. Together with Indigenous peoples we desire a different relationship based on respect and right relations.

As Earth Day was this week, we also acknowledge that wherever we live in creation we are part of a watershed, an interdependent ecosystem nested in a larger system. Watersheds are God’s map, integral to the design of creation. We are all bound together in this dense, global ecosystem. In Penticton, we are part of the Pacific Ocean watershed.

Call to Worship
One: We are connected.
All: We are one in Spirit.
One: We are different, unique, yet
All: we are one in the body of Christ.
One: We belong to one tree of life.
All: We are one people on one planet,
called by God to be caretakers of this earth.
One: Come, let us worship in unity with all creation.
– Jani Francis, Gathering

 Hymn VU 291 All Things Bright and Beautiful

Gathering Prayer
ALL: Eternal and Gracious Creator,
We come to you this day,
each with different stories, different pains
asking for your blessing and your wisdom.
Guide our hearts and minds into stillness
as we seek to hear your voice.
In the sounds of this worship,
and the silences in between,
let us grow in the wisdom held by you, O Lord.
Let us grow in the wisdom held by the Earth,
by each other,
and by the blessed safe keepers of traditional knowledge.
Amen. (Kairos)

 Theme Conversation:
As it was Earth Day this week, take a moment now to reflect on your earliest memory of being in nature.

Response: MV 7 Gather Us In
Gather us in, ground us in you.
Gather us in, ground us in you.
Gather us in, gather us in.
Ground us, ground us, in you.

Words and music: David Hann, 2005, Frensh trans. David Fines, 2006. Words and music copyright © 2005, David Hann. Used by permission. French translation copyright © 2006. David Fines. All Rights  Reserved. Used by Permission One License A-605256

Reading: Morning Poem by Mary Oliver

Every Morning

the world

is created.

under the orange

 

sticks of the sun

the heaped

ashes of the night

turn into leaves again

 

and fasten themselves to the high branches —

and the ponds appear

like black cloth

on which are painted islands

 

of summer lilies.

If it is your nature to be happy

you will swim away along the soft trails

 

for hours, your imagination

alighting everywhere.

and if your spirit

carries within it

 

the thorn

that is heavier than lead –

if it’s all you can do

to keep on trudging –

 

there is still somewhere deep within you

a beast shouting that the earth

is exactly what it wanted –

 

each pond with its blazing lilies

is a prayer heard and answered

lavishly,

every morning,

 

whether or not

you have ever darted to be happy,

whether or not

you have ever dared to pray.

 

Response: MV7 Gather Us In
Gather us in, ground us in you.
Gather us in, ground us in you.
Gather us in, gather us in.
Ground us, ground us, in you.
Words and music: David Hann, 2005, Frensh trans. David Fines, 2006. Words and music copyright © 2005, David Hann. Used by permission. French translation copyright © 2006. David Fines. All Rights  Reserved. Used by Permission One License A-605256

 Scripture: Acts 2:14a, 36-41

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 36 Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah,[a] this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers,[b] what should we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls.” 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

 Reflection

 Time of Silent Reflection

 Music: VU 227 For the Fruit of All Creation
For the fruit of all creation, thanks be to God.
For the gifts to every nation, thanks be to God
For the ploughing, sowing, reaping, silent growth while we are
sleeping, future needs in earth’s safekeeping, thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labour, God’s will be done.
In the help we give our neighbor, god’s will be done.
In our worldwide task of caring for the hungry and
despairing, in the harvests we are sharing, God’s will is done.

For the harvests of the Spirit, thanks be to God.
For the good we all inherit, thanks be to God.
For the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us, most of all that love has found us, thanks be to God.
Words: Fred Pratt Green 1970 Music: Welsh folk melody ca. 1784. Words copyright©1970 Hope Punlishing Company All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission One License A-605256

 

Pastoral Prayer or Prayers

We begin our prayers today with an Earth Day Prayer written by Kairos

2020 Earth Day Prayer (Kairos)
On Earth Day
we give thanks for signs of spring
melting snow, blooming flowers,
singing robins, flowing streams.
O Creator, we give You thanks and praise.

THIS Earth Day
as we mostly see those signs through our windows or walking alone,
we notice that the earth has some rest from human activity,
Even while we worry and struggle, with people around the world.
O Creator, we learn in the midst of our concerns.

Each Earth Day,
We grieve the state of life and loss on the Earth, deteriorating faster than ever before.
We confess our selfish actions, taking – using – what we want, not only what we need.
Not all of our actions have brought You the honour we wish to bring
O Creator, we confess our sins with humble hearts.

The Earth cradles us in her sorrow
You, our Source, grieve with her, Your love for us abiding always.
In the midst of all our faults and blunders,
You forgive and love us still.
O Creator, we rest in the assurance of that love.

This year we have seen how swiftly humans can adapt
Give us the eyes to see wisdom in this moment.
Give us the courage to change our ways forever
to live responsibly, to advocate boldly,
to honour and protect what You have created.
O Creator, with your help, we will change our ways,

Through the power of the Spirit,
with Jesus as our guide.

Amen

Creator God,
We are thankful for all of creation
For the sea and skies
For the birds and the bears
For the signs of spring all around us.

Now more than ever we are aware of our interconnectedness,
that we are part of a sacred web of life.
We pray for all those who lost their lives in the mass shootings in Nova Scotia
We pray for all those who were impacted by the devastation,
for families and communities that are grieving and will be forever changed.

We pray for all who have lost their lives to COVID-19
And for those who are recovering,
For healthcare workers, scientists and researchers who are working on a vaccine,
For leaders who are trying to find ways to support our communities during this difficult time
For frontline workers who are helping us all through
And for those who are experiencing pain, isolation, anxiety and grief during this difficult time.

We pray those who are experiencing violence and racism
For those who are ill and those who are grieving.

We And now we pray for those who we name in words and in the silence of our hearts and we hold them in the light of your love…

Help us know your presence as we seek
To work for justice and solidarity with one another,
embracing the most vulnerable in our midst
and working to change the status quo.
Amen.

Now let’s join together in saying the Lord’s Prayer.

Lord’s Prayer (VU 959)
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 trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom
the power and the glory
Forever and ever
Amen.

 Offering
One: Your voice, O God, is calling us to action:
All: to speak out for the needy,
to care for the earth,
to affirm the seekers,
to comfort the distressed,
to encourage the downhearted,
to challenge the complacent.
One: These gifts enable your voice to be heard; bless them!
All: Amen.
– David Sparks (adapted) 

Music: What a Wonderful World – Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes from One World: Together At Home

 

Sending Forth and Benediction:
One: We go with questions answered and answers questioned.
All: Each day we live, we discover again what it means to be an Easter people.
One: We go together
All: with the blessing of the living Christ. Amen.
– Ryan McNally, Gatherings 

Going Forth: MV #215
Peace be with you, peace forever,
peace be with you my friends.
Till we meet again,
may God be with you.
Peace, peace, peace.
(Words and music Alison L Wesley (Slaats) 2000. Words and Music copyright Alison L. Wesley (Slaats). Used by Permission (©LicenSing #605256))

 

 

Activities for Earth Day ~ April 22, 2020

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Organizers see it as an opportunity for “a global outpouring of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to create a new plan of action for our planet.” The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate change. “Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.”

Here are some activities you can do from home, to help support Earth Day 2020.

Make an Earth Day window sign

The folks at Earth Day suggest that you include options for follow-up on your sign. You have to give people who see it something to do next. They recommend including #EARTHRISE, #EarthDay2020, or earthday.org on your sign. For more information click HERE.

Sign ideas:
Climate Change

  • The climate’s changing; why aren’t we?
  • Don’t be a fossil fool
  • Let’s rise up before the seas do

Conservation

  • Biodiversity or bust!
  • Respect existence or expect resistance
  • No Nature, no future

Sustainable Food

  • Fight climate change with diet change!
  • Food waste isn’t in good taste
  • Be a winner; eat a plant-based dinner
  • Soy to the world

Plastic

  • Less plastic would be fantastic!
  • Mother Earth doesn’t like quitters; pick up your litter
  • Don’t be trashy! Buy less plastic
  • Dump bad habits, not your trash

Art

  • There’s no eARTh without ART

 

Sign a petition (David Suzuki Foundation)

The David Suzuki Foundation provides links to a number of online petitions where you can lend your support to a number of issues in the areas of: biodiversity, cities, climate solutions, environmental rights and oceans

For more information click HERE.

Become a Bee- bnb Superhost!

Bee-bnb hosts will pledge to provide essential amenities, such as gardens filled with native wildflowers, plentiful water sources and sunny patches for basking. They’ll go all natural, choosing not to use harmful chemicals in their yard.

All Bee-bnb Superhosts commit to providing a five-star stay by offering all five amenities:

  1. NATIVE PLANTS:Grow native plants that are adapted to your community’s soil and climate
  2. CONTINUOUS BLOOMS:Fill your yard or balcony with flowers and shrubs that bloom from spring through fall
  3. WATER:Offer sources of water with perches (like flat stones) for basking
  4. NESTING PLACES:Keep pithy stems and woody material for cavity-nesting bees like mason bees and leave bare patches for ground-nesters like bumblebees
  5. GO ORGANIC:Avoid pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals

 For more information go to: https://davidsuzuki.org/action/beebnb/

52 Ways to Care for Creation

Creation Justice Ministries has compiled a list of 52 different ways you can care for creation. Choose one or two to work on each week. Share it with your friends and family, maybe turn it into a friendly challenge to see who can check off the most on the list.

For more information click HERE.

Creation Scavenger Hunt

A great activity for children and youth, and the young at heart. The Creation Care Team of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina created a Backyard Scavenger Hunt to encourage members to get outside and appreciate creation.

Scavenger Hunt List

A PDF of the Scavenger Hunt is available here.

Supplies: You may want to have some crayons, a couple of pieces of paper, and a small bag (like a paper lunch bag). But don’t worry if you don’t – your eyes and ears are all you really need. Check off items or add your own answers, and have fun!

  • First, look up! Check the sky. What do you see?
  • Name something living in your yard:
  • Place a nonliving, but not manmade, thing in your bag.
  • Find 3 different trees in your yard and make tree bark rubbings with your crayons, using your extra paper.
  • Is one of the trees taller than your house?
  • Put 3 different leaves in your bag, and try to find a Y-shaped twig to add to your bag.
  • Can you see any bird’s nests in your trees? How many?
  • What birds do you see – what colors are they?
  • Find some flowers in your yard and draw a picture of them.
  • Do the bees like your flowers?
  • Name the other insects that you see. Maybe they help to spread pollen like the bees. You can talk with your family about why pollinators are important.
  • Can you find a spider web? Is the spider at home?
  • Close your eyes and listen for a minute.
  • What do you hear? Enjoy nature with your family!

Sharing the Results
If you take part in the Scavenger Hunt or any of the other activities and are inclined to share your results, please tag the church in your personal social media posts. You can also send photos to punitedc@telus.net to be included on our website and social media.

 

 

Easter Sunrise Service, April 12, 7:30 am

We gather in silence as the sun rises in the sky
The silence is broken by the sounding of the Tibetan prayer bowl.

Welcome
Let us take a moment to centre ourselves as we prepare for worship.

Poem: “Saturday Silence”
On Saturday,
the shadows shift and fly.
The
whole
long
day
the air trembles,
thick with silence,
until, finally,
the footsteps are heard,
and the noise
of the voice of God
is upon us.
The Holy One
is not afraid
to walk
on unholy ground.
The Holy Work is done,
and the world awaits
the dawn of Life.
– Ann Weems, from Kneeling in Jerusalem. ©1992 Westminster/John Knox Press

Chant: More Voices 77 “Be Still and Know” 

Call to Worship: (adapted from Iona Abbey Worship Book)
One:   God, early in the morning, when the world was young,
You made life in all its beauty and terror,
You gave birth to all that we know.
All:      Hallowed by your name.
One:   Early in the morning, when the world least expected it,
A newborn child crying in a cradle
Announced that you had come among us,
That you were one of us.
All:      Hallowed be your name.
One:   Early in the morning, surrounded by respectable liars,
Religious leaders, anxious statesmen, and silent friends,
You accepted the penalty for doing good;
You shouldered and suffered the cross.
All:      Hallowed be your name.
One:   And so early on this morning, we come to this Garden Room
as Mary Magdelene went to the garden, to the tomb where
Jesus had been laid.
All:    We come as we are with our joys and griefs, our contentment and regrets, our
certainties and doubts, confident that you accept us as we are, and as the whole
beautiful human beings we may become with your help.

Hymn: Voices United 409 “Morning Has Broken” (Orma)
Morning has broken like the first morning, blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for the springing fresh from the Word!
Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven, like the first dew fall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden, sprung in completeness where God’s feet pass.
Ours is the sunlight! Ours is the morning born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise for the elation, praise every morning, God’s recreation of the new day!
– Words: Eleanor Farjeon 1931 Music: Gaelic melody, harm. Alec Wyton. Words used by permission of David Hughes Associates. Harmony from The Hymnal 1982  The Church  Pension Fund.

Prayer of Approach and Confession
God of all creation,
Spirit of our hearts,
risen Christ – 
there is no moment but this one,
there is no time but now,
and so we open ourselves to you.
Wake us from our sleepiness.
Open us to your impossible possibilities.
Help us to be your people, risen people of new life,
Now and always! Amen.
— Richard Bott, Vancouver, B.C.

Assurance of Pardon
Christ is Risen! The stone is rolled away, the tomb found empty. Mary calls out, “I have seen the Lord!” We have seen Christ, too, in every helping hand, in every heartfelt gift, in every choice to restore life in this world. We are called to this new life, a life of forgiveness and reconciliation. Know that God loves you and desires great joy for your life. Walk forward on this journey of faith, knowing your brothers and sisters are with you. Amen.

— written by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell, and posted on her Rev-o-lution blog (adapted)

Early in the Morning: John 20:1-2  
20 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.”

Silence

The Resurrection Story: John 20:3-10
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’ 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. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Silence

Hymn/Music Blackbird by The Beatles sung in Mi’kmaq Sung by Emma Stevens

The Resurrection Story Continues: John 20:11-18 Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look[a]into the tomb; 12 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. 13 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.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 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.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew,[b] “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet 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.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Silence

Easter Proclamation:

Lighting of the Christ Candle 
One:   Sisters and brothers,
This is a great moment
When again we can declare 
That love is stronger than hate,
Goodness is stronger than evil,
Life is stronger than death.
All:     Nothing in the heights or depths
Can separate us from God’s love
Which is alive again in Christ Jesus.
Hallelujah!
One:  Christ is our peace, the indestructible peace 
we now hare with each other.
One:   The peace of Christ be with you.
All:     And also with you.

Easter Prayers

Slide Show: Signs of Spring set to Joy Comes With the Dawn, played by Doug Stark.

Benediction: (adapted from Seasons of the Spirit)
One:   The everlasting love of the God of life surround you;
The presence of the risen Christ give you hope;
The strength of the Spirit give you confidence;
Go in peace in the power of God.
All:    We go in peace as witnesses to the life and love of God.
Alleluia!