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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is set up with plenty of chairs, lots of light, and bright colors; the colors for the day are white/gold. The cross is draped in white cloth; no suffering. Less is more today. There is also fabric around the bottom of the cross along with some prayer stuff.

  • “Dancing in the Streets” by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas plays nice and loud
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Alteza leads our children in talking about Easter

Do you know what today is? That’s right, Easter Sunday. This is the day we celebrate that even though Jesus died, God brought him back to life. Jesus was very brave; he gave the gift of telling everyone about God’s love, and some people listened and some didn’t. But God gives good gifts all the time, and invites us to do the same. After worship today we’re going to have an Easter Egg hunt. There will be a special place where you can give some of your eggs and candy, and they will be taken to some children who don't have enough to eat or a nice place to celebrate Easter like we do. When you share, you're giving good gifts like God does. Let’s thank God for sending us the gift of Jesus and for helping us give God’s love to the world.

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

  • Announcements – how Journey is God’s Hands in the world
  • Rick welcomes us, talks about series
  • Say hello to someone near you
  • Take a breath...

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Catherine leads us in singing “Bridge over Troubled Water”
  • Steve S. and Paolina read from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 27

The governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s house, and they gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.  They stripped him and put a red military coat on him.  They twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They put a stick in his right hand. Then they bowed down in front of him and mocked him, saying, “Look! King of the Jews!”  After they spit on him, they took the stick and struck his head again and again. When they finished mocking him, they stripped him of the military coat and put his own clothes back on him. They led him away to crucify him.

When they came to a hill called Skull Place, they gave Jesus wine mixed with vinegar to drink. But after tasting it, he didn’t want to drink it. They divided up his clothes among them while they sat there, guarding him. They placed above his head the charge against him. It read, “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.”  They crucified with him two outlaws, one on his right side and one on his left.

Those who were walking by insulted Jesus, shaking their heads. And the chief priests, along with the legal experts and the elders, were making fun of him, saying, “He saved others, but he can’t save himself. He’s the king of Israel, so let him come down from the cross now. Then we’ll believe in him. He trusts in God, so let God deliver him now if he wants to.”

From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. At about three Jesus cried out with a loud shout, quoting a Psalm, “My God, my God, why have you left me?”

Then Jesus cried out with a loud shout, and he died.

  • Leslie reads “Mother Wisdom Speaks” from a poem Christin Lore Weber as a photo slideshow plays

Giving -- To Help God Do God's Work in This World

  • Maggie R. reads from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 28

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the tomb. Suddenly there was a huge earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven. Coming to the stone blocking the entrance to Jesus’ tomb, he rolled it away and sat on it. His face was like lightning and his clothes as white as snow. The guards were so terrified of him that they shook with fear and passed out, like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here, because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said.”

Terrified and excited, they hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his students. But Jesus met them and greeted them. Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid.”

  • Maggie says an offering prayer
  • Catherine leads us in singing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • Rick leads us in reading the “Out of Darkness” poem together from the photo slideshow
  • The community does a prayer exercise taking the items from the base of the cross

Go Out to Serve in Darkness and Light

  • Leslie leads us in a closing responsive prayer called “For the Darkness” adapted from an Anglican litany prayed in Canterbury Cathedral, April 1986 


For the darkness of waiting
Of not knowing what is to come
Of staying ready and quiet and attentive,
We praise you, O God.


For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

For the darkness of staying silent
For the terror of having nothing to say
And for the greater terror
Of needing to say nothing,
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

For the darkness of loving
In which it is safe to surrender
To let go of our self-protection
And to stop holding back our desire,
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

For the darkness of choosing
when you give us the moment
to speak, and act, and change,
and we cannot know what we have set in motion,
but we still have to take the risk,
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

For the darkness of hoping
In a world which longs for you,
For the wrestling and the laboring of all creation
For wholeness and justice and freedom,
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “Dancing in the Streets” plays again as folks clean up the room