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*Please stand as you are able
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Let us now enter into the Holy One’s presence.

We invite you to sign & pass the red pew registers as worship begins

PRELUDE, Introit for Easter by Joel Raney           
The Chancel Choir; Lynne Joseloff, keyboard

Pastor Matt Braddock

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN #233, Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Christ, the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Mortal tongues and angels say: Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, glad heavens, and earth, reply: Alleluia!

Let the Victor’s people sing, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now your sting? Alleluia!
Dying once, Christ lives to save, Alleluia! Where your victory, O grave? Alleluia!

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

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Christ, like Christ we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

CCC Church School Students

Pastor Gloria Grant

Jesus, you told us that we would know that death was not an ending, but rather a beginning.
You promised that no tomb would hold you, but we didn’t believe it. We still face the little deaths which fill our lives with fear and dread and despair.

But, now in this place, we gather to be reminded: Resurrection has happened – it happens still. Grace and life can find us anywhere, and bring us home. We worship, with joy and relief. Stand among us again now, Jesus, and let your life flood our weary and doubting souls.

We join together in the ancient prayer of the church, saying . . .

Holy God, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  AMEN

SCRIPTURE READING, Based on Psalm 118:1-2; 14-24
Pastor Gloria Grant

This is the glorious day that the Lord has made,
and together we will rejoice and celebrate all its mercies!
We give thanks for the goodness of God.
God’s faithful and compassionate love lasts forever.
The Lord’s strength has accomplished great things.
The Lord is my strength and my everlasting song.
Open all that separates us, so we may enter God’s presence.

As you stand among us now, Jesus, in your resurrected glory,
May we know the power of your life;
May we turn away from death;
And may we become agents of resurrection, wherever we find ourselves.

Pastor Matt Braddock

MUSICAL OFFERING, Now, O Death, Where is Thy Sting? by Russell Nagy
The Chancel Choir

Now,O Death, where is thy sting?  Where, O Death, thy victory?
The Son is risen and Death is driven away.
Death is swallowed up today, Swallowed up in victory

This, this is our God.  In Him we trusted, And in love He saved us; Give glory to His name.
From this day praise Him forever: Jesus Christ is risen today!

Now, O Death, where is thy plague? Your destruction now, O Grave?  
For God who ransoms, redeemed His captive today.
Every tear He wipes away; All disgrace He takes away.  From this day!

This, this is our Lord, God’s faithful witness. He is firstborn from the dead
 Who rules the kings of earth.  He who loves, He who has freed us:
 Jesus Christ is risen today! Alleluia! Christ is our victory!

Pastor Matt Braddock

MUSICAL OFFERING, “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth,” from The Messiah by G. F. Handel
Audrey Tornblom

SERMON, “Why Do You Weep?”
Pastor Matt Braddock

Pastor Matt Braddock

OFFERTORY, An Easter Jubilee by Brad Nix & Joseph Graham
The Chancel Choir

     I believe that morning’s coming. I believe. Yes, I believe.
     I believe the Son is rising.  I believe. Yes, I believe.
     And though death has had its day, it won’t have the final say.  
     Christ will rise up from the grave. I believe. Yes, I believe.

     I believe that stone will tumble. Tumble, tumble, I believe.
     I believe the guard will tremble.  Tremble, tremble, I believe.
     Just beyond the rugged tree, and the hill of Calvary,
     Christ will win the victory. I believe. Yes, I believe.

     I believe the earth is quaking. I believe. Yes, I believe.
     All the gates of hell are shaking. I believe. Yes, I believe.
     See, the Savior holds the key, He will set the captives free.
     It’s an Easter jubilee.  I believe. Yes, I believe.  


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow:
Praise God, all creatures here below; Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.  Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


We offer our praise, Jesus, and our thanks for your life that cannot be quenched, that fills us now, and that calls us to be resurrection people in a world that too often believes the deceptions of death.

MUSICAL OFFERING, Alleluia, He Lives! by Joel Raney
The Chancel Choir

     Alleluia!  He lives again, our glorious King of kings!  
     Jesus Christ is risen, alleluia, he lives!
     Christ is risen, the stone is rolled away, alleluia, he lives!
     All creation, rejoice and sing today, alleluia, he lives!
     Jesus, our Redeemer, Christ, God’s only Son, lives again eternally,
     clothed in triune majesty, seated at the right hand of God!

     Hymns of praise we sing to the risen King, alleluia, he lives!
     Worship and adore Christ forevermore, alleluia, he lives!

     Alleluia, alleluia!  Hearts to heaven and voices raise;
     Alleluia, sing to God a hymn of gladness, sing to God a hymn of praise;
     He who on the cross a victim for the world’s salvation bled,
     Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, now is risen from the dead.  Alleluia, he lives!

*HYMN OF GOING FORTH #301, Crown with Your Richest Crowns (vs. 1- 3, 5)

Crown with your richest crowns the Lamb upon the throne;
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of Christ who died for you,
And to your risen Savior bring your thanks for life made new.

Crown Christ whose love has flowed down hands and feet and side.
Look past the peak of Calvary’s road to Christ the glorified.
The sun that lights the sky is pale before that sight.
At prayer we glimpse then turn the eye from mysteries so bright.

Crown Christ the truth, the life who triumphed o’er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife, this fallen world to save.
Christ’s glories now we sing, Christ’s name we magnify,
Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Crown Christ who holds the years, embracing space and time,
Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime;
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For you have died for me;
Your praise shall never, never fail throughout eternity.

Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

*POSTLUDE (congregation please join in), Hallelujah Chorus by G. F. Handel
The Chancel Choir & Advanced Orchestra

Participants in today’s service:

CCC Chancel Choir

Clarice Snyder, Organ, Piano

The CCC Advanced Orchestra
Jim Brown, Will Joseloff, David Gayer, Paul Geiser, Mikala Jones, Violin;

Sarah Cotterill, Rose Braddock, Allison Jones, Cello;

Lynne Joseloff, Flute/keyboard;

Zoe Braddock, Michelle Esposito, Clarinet;

We extend our gratitude to all who have enriched our worship today through their gifts of music and worship leadership:  members of the Chancel Choir, & members of the CCC Advanced Orchestra.

Today’s Easter Flowers were provided by your generous donations and the continued dedication of the Sanctuary Committee.

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