Easter Sunday Bulletin; April 17, 2022


Easter Sunday

April 17, 2022; Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: The Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Tony Hill

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit



                     “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”             EASTER HYMN

  1. Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! 

our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! 

who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! 

suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
  1. Hymns of praise now let us sing, Alleluia! 

unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia! 

who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! 

sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
  1. But the pains which he endured, Alleluia! 

our salvation have procured. Alleluia! 

Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia! 

where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
  1. Sing we to our God above, Alleluia! 

praise eternal as God’s love. Alleluia! 

Praise our God, ye heavenly host; Alleluia! 

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!


PRELUDE  “Thine Is the Glory” by Handel arr. Anna Laura Page  JCPC Handbell Choir



ONE: This is the day the Lord has made; 

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

MANY: Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

ONE: This is the good news we have received,

in which we stand, and by which we are saved:

MANY: Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

ONE: That Christ died for our sins, and was buried,

and rose again on the third day.

MANY: Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

ONE: He appeared to Peter, and to the twelve,

and to many faithful witnesses.

MANY: Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

ONE: At last he came to us, that we might come to believe

and proclaim this good news to the world.

MANY: Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

(brief silence) 

MANY: O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

*HYMN #108                        “Christ is Alive!”                            TRURO

  1. Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. 

The cross stands empty to the sky.

Let streets and homes with praises ring. 

Love, drowned in death, shall never die.  
  1. Christ is alive! No longer bound 

to distant years in Palestine,

but saving, healing, here and now,

And touching every place and time. 
  1.  In every insult, rift, and war

Where color, scorn, or wealth divide,

Christ suffers still, yet loves the more,

and lives where even hope has died.  
  1.  Women and men, in age and youth,

can feel the the Spirit, hear the call,

and find the way, the life, the truth,

revealed in Jesus, freed for all. 

5.  Christ is alive, and comes to bring

good news to this and every age,

till earth and sky and ocean ring

with joy, with justice, love, and praise.      



CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  



Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. 

Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. Amen. 


ONE: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

MANY: Thanks be to God!


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.


FIRST LESSON                                             Psalm 145:13-21

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

   and your dominion endures throughout all generations.


The Lord is faithful in all his words,

   and gracious in all his deeds.

The Lord upholds all who are falling,

   and raises up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to you,

   and you give them their food in due season.

You open your hand,

   satisfying the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is just in all his ways,

   and kind in all his doings.

The Lord is near to all who call on him,

   to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfils the desire of all who fear him;

   he also hears their cry, and saves them.

The Lord watches over all who love him,

   but all the wicked he will destroy.


My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,

   and all flesh will bless his holy name for ever and ever.


ANTHEM         “The Lord is Risen Today”            by Loyd Larson

SECOND LESSON                                                     John 20:1-19

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.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards 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. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 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. 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.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ 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.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). 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.” ’ 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.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God


SERMON         “Come to the Tomb”          The Rev. Aaron Ochart


*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                       Apostles’ Creed

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ [God’s] 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.


OFFERTORY       “Easter Alleluia Medley”        by Robert Williams           Mike Isham, Saxophone


Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures high and low. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Praise God, in Jesus fully known: 

Creator, Word, and Spirit one.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!



ONE: The Lord be with you.

MANY: And also with you.

ONE: Lift up your hearts.

MANY: We lift them to the Lord.

ONE: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

MANY: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

ONE: …Therefore with all creation we sing your praise:

MANY: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

ONE: … According to Christ’s Commandment:

MANY: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming glory…

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

ONE: … The gifts of God for the people of God.

MANY: Thanks be to God.


*HYMN #118             “The Day of Resurrection”         LANCASHIRE

  1. The Day of Resurrection! Earth tell it out abroad,

The Passover of gladness, the Passover of God.

From death to life eternal, from sin’s dominion free,

our Christ has brought us over with hymns of victory.
  1. Let hearts be purged of evil that we may see aright

the Lord in rays eternal of resurrection light,

and listening to his accents, may hear, so calm and plain,

his own “All hail!” and hearing, may raise the victor strain.
  1. Now let the heavens be joyful; let earth its song begin;

the round world keep high triumph and all that is there in.

Let all things seen and unseen 

their notes of gladness blend,

for Christ the Lord has risen, our joy that has no end.



Glory to you, O God: you have won victory over death, raising Jesus from the grave and giving us eternal life. Glory to you, O Christ: for us and for our salvation you have overcome death and opened the gate to everlasting life. Glory to you, O Holy Spirit: you lead us into the truth. Glory to you, O Blessed Trinity, now and forever. Amen. 


*RESPONSE                      “Alleluia!”                    CELTIC ALLELUIA

Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ie!

POSTLUDE           “Festive Trumpet Tune”        by David German         

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director. Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.