Worship service – April 4, 2021 – Easter: “Terror and Amazement”

Terror and Amazement. Person leaping from one rock to another with ocean in background.
At Easter, God called forth a radically new life, overturning the power of death, and proclaiming the triumph of love. This is deeper than spring flowers and baby chicks. This is the in-breaking of God’s affirmation that love is stronger than death, and that life will triumph over the powers of empire. There is mystery here. No one sees the moment of resurrection, yet we experience the results of that moment. We trust that God alone can transform the moment of despair into a life of joy.

Follow the entire service in the video here, or go at your own pace with portions of the service provided below. Note that when available, the video has a “Closed Caption” transcript, accessible by clicking the CC button at the bottom of the video window.

Children's Worship
Children’s Worship: Rev. Dr. George Edd-Bennett welcomes and blesses the children; Lamb-see-do reads the Bible verses and Momoko describes the emotions of Easter; and Mort, well, Mort joins into the egg making in a different way and understands how much love God has!

The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along with our choir as Denise Melroy plays “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #302.

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!


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


Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sing? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!


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

Welcome from Pastor Patrick Davis:
Three white calla liliesGreetings and welcome, on this Day of Days, as we celebrate life and especially the life we experience in the risen Christ.

May the love of God, the grace of Christ, the friendship and peace of the Holy Spirit, be with you.

Our vision, as a faith community, is to create an inclusive, reconciling and progressive spiritual community that welcomes all people based on the teaching of Jesus “to love one another” (John 13:34-35).

Here, in this place, Christ welcomes all, and all are welcome.
Here, human diversity matters.
Here, open minds matter.
Here, prayerful hearts guided by Spirit and rooted in scripture, tradition, reason and human experience matter.
And here God does not discriminate.

Call to Worship with Trish Catalano.

Coloring Page: Easter Cross
Coloring Page: Easter Cross

“Christ is risen!”

“He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”

Today we emerge from the long days of Lent, and while we are aware of a darkness that seems to hang over our world; still we believe that nestled within the great mystery of the Resurrection is a great light. And the darkness cannot and will not overcome it.

Come now and let us walk in the light Christ’s Resurrection, with excitement in our hearts.
Come into your space, and make it a sacred space, and come into this time, and make this a holy time, and bring yourselves; your whole selves.
Come now and embrace this moment with your body, and use your body to give God a hand clap of praise, sing, jump around, dance, and celebrate the Risen Lord. After all you are in your own home.

Bring your full self into worship because Christ the Lord is risen today!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia, Alleluia!!

Please pray with me: “God of hope, in the midst of death, you call forth life. When all hope seemed gone, you raised the crucified Jesus from the grave as the eternal Christ. We come before you today, longing for your life-giving presence. God of new life, raise us up with all your people. Lift us from the tombs of our despair and doubt, that we may rejoice in your power over death. God of joy, fill our hearts with alleluias as we sing your praises and proclaim, Glory to God, Amen!”

Our Gospel hymn is “Christ is Risen” from The United Methodist Hymnal #307.  Please sing along with our choir and accompaniment played by Denise Melroy.

Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna! Celebrate this day of days.
Christ is risen! Hush in wonder; all creation is amazed.
In the desert all surrounding, see, a spreading tree has grown.
Healing leaves of grace abounding bring a taste of love unknown.


Christ is risen! Raise your spirits from the caverns of despair.
Walk with gladness in the morning. See what love can do and dare.
Drink the wine of resurrection, not a servant, but a friend;
Jesus is our strong companion. Joy and peace shall never end.


Christ is risen! Earth and heaven nevermore shall be the same.
Break the bread of new creation where the world is still in pain.
Tell its grim, demonic chorus: “Christ is risen! Get you gone!”
God the First and Last is with us. Sing Hosanna everyone!

Lector Debbie Ullman
Debbie Ullman

Our Gospel Reading by Debbie Ullman is from Mark 16:1-8 (NRSV). Three women witness the empty tomb of Jesus: Mary Magdalene;  Mary, the mother of James, who was also the sister of Mary, the mother of Jesus and Jesus’ aunt; and Salome, the wife of Zebedee and the mother of the Apostle brothers James and John.

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Special Music: “Sing Alleluia to the Lord,” sung by our choir, with accompaniment by Denise Melroy (piano), Steve Cole (guitar), and flute (Janet Tuttle).



Easter lily with altar behind it, with "Alleluia" written on the altar cloth

The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer includes these words of comfort:

With joy and exultation, we give thanks for the triumph of life over death.
We pray for those who have died, and for all who mourn.
We offer special thanks for those joys, sorrows, and challenges we have faced this past year and for courage to live into a resurrection faith.
We pray for those who are sick or suffering — for anyone who needs extra help just now.
We pray for the nations of the earth, and for those in authority, and for those under authority.
Send your Holy Spirit, O Breath of Life, into the four corners of the world, that we may study war no more and learn to live together in peace.
Holy Presence, even before we call, you answer; while we are yet speaking, you hear.
We offer up these prayers in the name of the Risen Christ — our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend.

This we pray with one voice as Jesus taught us, saying: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespasses against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever, Amen.”

Pastor Patrick Davis
Pastor Patrick Davis

The message today from Pastor Patrick Davis is “Terror and Amazement.” See it in the video recording above, at 20:50


Communion wine chalice and breadThe Service of Holy Communion, led by Pastor Patrick, is included in the video following the message. To participate in your home, please have your own bread and juice or wine at hand.

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Hear and receive this Easter benediction as you go to live into a resurrection faith.
Christ is Risen! Go in joy!
Christ is Risen! Go in faith!
Christ is Risen! Go forth and live the resurrection!
Alleluia! Amen!

Closing Hymn:  “Amen”  from The Faith We Sing #2072.  Sing along with our choir, accompanied by Denise Melroy (piano) and Steve Cole (guitar).

Amen! Amen! Amen, Amen!

Credits and copyrights

Thank you to our musicians Denise Melroy (piano), Steve Cole (guitar), Janet Tuttle (flute) and our vocalists Steve Cole, Wanda Garrett, Janet Ohene-Nyako, Koiwa Ohene-Nyako Mattia, and Marilyn Pifer.  Sophia and Annabelle joined in on “Amen”!

  • “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” words by Charles Wesley, music from Lyra Davidica. © public domain.
  • “Christ is Risen” words by Brien Wren, music from Polish carol arr. by Edith M.G. Reed and harm. by Austin C. Lovelace. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Sing Alleluia to the Lord” words by Linda Stassen and early Christian liturgy, music by Linda Stassen. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Amen” words and music African American spiritual, music arr. by Nelsie T. Johnson. © CCLI License #2718708
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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