Worshiping Together in Different Places–Online Worship on Easter Sunday (Year A)


Welcome to worship for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.

For worship you may wish to have a candle to light and to have bread and a beverage for communion – whatever you have available will be sufficient.

Bold text – say aloud, if desired.


Salvator Mundi, Antonello da Messina, 1465, Oil on panel, 39 x 30 cm, National Gallery, London


Opening Worship        A Thousand Alleluias       
Gary Rand and Cindy Stacey, vocals. Dorian Gehring, violin. Words by Brian Wren. Music by Gary Rand


Acknowledgement of Land

(an act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years, First Nations people have walked on this land; their relationship with the land is at the center of their lives and spirituality. We are gathered on the traditional territory of the Coastal Salish and Puyallup people, and we acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.



Set apart your worship space by lighting a candle along with the video clip. The light of the candle symbolizes the presence of the Holy wherever we are. The liturgy for candle lighting is below the video.

Lighting of the Community Candle

In this moment we are gathered, welcoming Love’s return.

With this light, we welcome Love with a thousand alleluias.

Together we are witnesses to hope and liberation.


Give thanks that God is good.

All the time, God is good!

Give thanks that Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed!

People of Easter morning, let all uplift a thousand alleluias.

With love, we shout alleluia, glory to God!


Gathering Song        Jesus Christ Is Ris’n Today        King’s College Choir


Prayer of Awareness

From songs of praise on to the stories of Scripture, our worship continues.  The following prayer may be offered in preparation to hear the Scripture readings.

Holy One, Bringer of hope, Restorer of our world,

In the newness of this day, we welcome you. Restore to us the joy of our salvation.

Open our eyes to your promise of resurrection in the midst of difficult times.

Renew your people, O God.

Alleluia, Amen.



Scripture Readings: You can find all of the lectionary readings for Sunday, April 12, 2020 at this website:  Resurrection of Our Lord Readings – Vanderbilt Divinity Library, a service of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.   .


Gospel Reading        John 20:1-17        read by Teddy Morgan


Response        Hallelujah


Children’s Moment        with Andra Moran


 Sermon          Easter 2020 Sermon        Terri Hord Owens



Song for Reflection and Offering        I Know That My Redeemer Liveth        Sylvia McNair

As we pause together, we invite you to listen to the song, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, by Sylvia McNair.


Invitation to Offering        Terri Hord Owens

We have a number of ways to participate and contribute when you are unable to attend worship in person:

You can make a one-time donation, or manage ongoing giving by clicking the online giving box here:

You may choose to use the GivePlus Mobile App.  Simply download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play, and then search for “First Christian Church” using our zip code: 98371.  Through the app you can also set up one-time or ongoing giving from your phone.

Or, you may send checks via the Postal Service by mailing to: First Christian Church, P.O. Box 516, Puyallup, WA 98371


Prayers of the People        Praise Song for the Pandemic        by Christine Valters Paintner

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Sharing of the Peace

May the peace of the risen Christ be with you.

We encourage you to share a sign of peace and reconciliation with those who are near you.  Text a message of peace or an Alleluia, Christ is Risen to a friend or loved one.



Song of Communion        Table of Love Easter Edition        Andra Moran


Invitation to Communion

Rev. Terri Hord Owens leads us in the celebration of communion together with Disciples beyond our own congregation.

Sharing of the Bread and Cup

You are invited to share the elements you have set aside for this worship time.  Bread, crackers, juice, wine, or water – all are signs of Christ’s abiding presence with us.


Communion Music Meditation        In the Garden        Kerry Yanasak



Closing Benediction (adapted from William Sloane Coffin and H. Stephen Shoemaker.) 


May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

May God give you grace never to sell yourself short,

grace to risk something big for something good,

grace to remember that the world is now too dangerous for anything but truth,

and too small for anything but love.

So may God take your minds and think through them,

your lips and speak through them,

and your hearts and set them on fire.


  . Closing Song        Hallelujah Chorus      Choir of King’s College, Cambridge


Easter Online Photo Album:  He is risen!  Alleluia! Most years we’d gather in a sanctuary with fresh blooms to bring life to a bare cross. We can’t do that this year, but we can share this loved tradition in a new way.  Send us photos of you and some flowers!  Whether you venture out to your yard, neighborhood, or safely nearby, we want to see you and share the beauty of Easter  right where we are.
Share photos using hashtags on our Facebook page or by replying to this email.  We’re compiling this wonderful online photo album below, on our website, and on Facebook.


Minister: Rev. Nancy Gowler; Elder: Bill Robey   .

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