March 31st Sermon "Easter" - Rev. J Sylvan

28 March 2024


Please join us for our Sunday Service, March 31st at 9 am & 11 am
Rev. J Sylvan
Sermon: "Easter"
Services will be live-streamed on Zoom (the zoom link is on the front page of the website)
Coffee Hour: In person in Eliot Hall following the services
Masks optional
Order of Service
  • Call to Service: Ringing of the Steeple Bell - "Isabell"
  • Introit: #188, "Come, Come, Whoever You Are" – words adapted from Rumi (1207-1273); music by Rev. Lynn Ungar (American, b. 1963); led by David Owens, accompanied by the Bell Ensemble
  • Bell Ensemble Prelude: "Tuesday 7:45 a.m." by David Owens – presented by the Bell Ensemble at First Church
  • Welcome & Announcements – Rev. J Sylvan
  • Chalice Lighting – Ruen-chuan Ma
  • Opening Hymn: #38, "Morning Has Broken"; words by Eleanor Farjeon (English, 1881-1965); music from an old Gaelic melody – David Owens, piano
  • Meditation – Rev. J Sylvan

  • Interlude – David Owens, piano
  • Song of Gratitude: #1010, "We Give Thanks" – words & music by Wendy Luella Perkins (Canadian, b. 1966); led by Rev. J Sylvan
  • Offertory – Rev. J Sylvan
  • Doxology
    • From all that dwell below the skies
    • Let hymns of faith and hope arise
    • May peace, good will on earth be sung
    • Through every land by every tongue
    • Amen
  • Sermon: "Easter" – Rev. J Sylvan
  • Closing Hymn: #344, "A Promise through the Ages Rings" – words by Alicia S. Carpenter (American, 1930-2021); music by Severus Gastorius (German, 1646–1682)
  • Benediction – Rev. J Sylvan
  • Bell Ensemble Postlude: "A Little Polish Dance" from John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano: Book 2 (1937) – presented by the Bell Ensemble at First Church; David Owens, Kurzweil