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Bulletin for April 20, 2014
Morningside Staff

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WORSHIP APRIL 20 2014
Easter Sunday

THE PRELUDE  Mary Beth Bryant, Erin Ellis, & Jessica Kornhoff, cello

* THE CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb,
taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away
from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.
While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes
stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the
ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among
the dead? He is not here, but has risen!”
People: Christ is risen indeed! - Luke 24:1-5

*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN 123  Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

THE CALL TO CONFESSION

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION  Drew Stockstill
Eternal God, in Jesus Christ you have reconciled the world to yourself. The
empty tomb proclaims your redemption of all that you have made and loved.
In Christ’s resurrection lies the hope of our own. Hallelujah! And yet, it is so
easy to roll the stone back over the tomb and live as though Easter has not
happened. It is easy to retreat to fear. It is easy to continue as though the resurrection
were not true. Forgive our fears, enliven our hearts, and call us to
proclaim the good news that Christ is risen; he is risen indeed! Amen.

A MOMENT OF SILENCE
(for examination of conscience and personal prayers of confession)

THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where
Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
People: Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on
earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Leader: When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with
him in glory. Believe the promise of the Gospel:
People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! - Colossians 3:1-4

* THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (Hymn 119)
The strife is o’er, the battle done, the victory of life is won.
The song of triumph has begun. Alleluia!

* THE PEACE OF CHRIST
(Children ages 3-10 are invited to leave after the Peace of Christ for special classes. Threes, fours, and fives
- Room 011; K-1st grade - Room 003; 2nd-3rd grade - in worship at 8:30, in Room 001 at 11:00; 4th-5th
grade - in worship for both services.)

THE CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH
(Visitors and members are invited to sign the blue friendship register pad and pass it down the pew.)

THE FIRST LESSON Jeremiah 31:1-6 (page 689 in the pew Bible, OT)

THE ANTHEM
(8:30 a.m. worship) Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem (excerpt)  C. V. Stanford
Jessica Dennison, Tami Giusto, John Young, Brandon Odom
(11:00 a.m. worship) Easter Anthem  William Billings

THE SECOND LESSON  Matthew 28:1-10 (page 32 in the pew Bible, NT)

THE SERMON  He is Going Ahead of You  Baron Mullis

THE HYMN 122  Thine Is the Glory

* THE 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.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 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.

THE OFFERTORY
(8:30 a.m. worship)  Christ the Lord Is Risen Today  arr. Cynthia Dobrinski
Morningside Handbell Choir (Jeff Peters, director)
Sarah Martin, organ; Bill Southwood, trumpet; Jessica Dennison, soprano
(11:00 a.m. worship)  Alleluia Acclamation and Carol  Daniel Pinkham

* THE RESPONSE AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION (Hymn 150)
Praise yet our Christ again. Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain. Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blissful shore his goodness we’ll adore,
Singing forevermore, “Alleluia! Amen!”

* THE HYMN 302  I Danced in the Morning

*THE CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

*THE CHORAL RESPONSE  This Joyful Eastertide  arr. Charles Wood

*THE POSTLUDE  "Toccata" from Symphony no. 5  Charles-Marie Widor

 

WELCOME
We are delighted to welcome back to MPC the visiting ensemble Celli, composed of Atlanta area cellists Mary Beth Bryant, Erin Cassel, and Jessica Kornhoff. In addition to performing
together as Celli, all three were recipients of a scholarship to study with Martha Gerschefski and are members of the Savannah Philharmonic.


SERVICE MUSIC
Charles Villiers Stanford was one of England's foremost composers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and is partially credited for a Renaissance of English music beginning at that time. He is primarily remembered as a composer of a large body of sacred music, including the popular "Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem," which we sing this morning in a slightly truncated form. The early American composer William Billings has a large output of through-composed settings of hymn and scripture texts, with "Easter Anthem" being among the longest and most thematically diverse. The melismatic middle section that includes "whose nature then took wing" was added by Billings between the first and second publications of the piece. Daniel Pinkham, a contemporary American composer, has written for virtually every combination of voices and instruments - the acapella "Alleluia, Acclamation and Carol" evokes a medieval sound with its conflicting modalities, open sonorities, and use of isorhythms. Wood's arrangement of the 17th-century Dutch hymn "Hoe groot de vruchten zijn" has become an Easter standard, especially in the Anglican tradition, with the text "This Joyful Eastertide," and a different harmonization of the tune can be found in our hymnal #105. From the time of their first publication, the organ symphonies of Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) have been recognized as masterpieces. Widor called these works symphonies because of their several movements and because of the symphonic nature of the French romantic organ for which they were written. The Symphony # 5 and the "gothique" (IX) seem to have been Widor's favorites. The popularity of the "Toccata" from # 5 is practically unparalleled in the organ repertoire. It is a toccata in the true sense of the word, with brilliant figuration punctuated by full chords and a melody in the pedals. The organ postlude is a truly celebratory piece for Easter Sunday.

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