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11:00 a.m. April 15, 2001


Organ Prelude:

Choral Introit:

s Hymnbook: "Jesus Christ is Risen Today" #204

s Passing the Peace

Concerns of the Church

Call to Worship

Leader: Look, the stone is rolled away!

People: HE IS RISEN!

Leader: Look, the bloodstained cloth is set aside!

People: HE IS RISEN!

Leader: Look, the tomb is filled with light!

People: HE IS RISEN!

Leader: He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

Opening Prayer

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

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. We remain bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry. We 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.

Declaration of Forgiveness

Leader: Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. (Rom 8:34)

People: So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (II Cor. 5:17)

s Hymnbook: "Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain"…#205

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


s Doxology #544


Children's Sermon: "Undercover"

I Peter 4:8

Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)

Prayers of the People

First Reading: Acts 10:34-43

Second Reading: I Corinthians 15:19-26


Sermon: "Bad Day for Grave Robbers"


s The Apostles' Creed

s Prayer of Thanksgiving

s The Lord's Prayer

s Hymnbook: "Thine Is the Glory"…#209

s Charge and Blessing





We joyously greet all worshipers in the name of the risen Lord. Easter is the most glorious day in the Christian calendar. On this day, we rejoice in Christ’s victory over sin and death. Praise God! Christ is risen indeed!

Bible Study, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Men's Fellowship: Next Sunday, April 22, 8:00 a.m.

Willie Yarbrough is in Piedmont Hospital. Please remember her and all our sick and shut-ins in your prayers.

Rebecca Shillinglaw Moore, 88, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001. The funeral was here at the church on Friday, Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery in Gastonia. We will miss Becky's sweet ministry to us, but we rejoice that she has claimed the promises of the faith. We pray God's comfort for the family.

Catawba Presbytery Senior Adult Retreat will be at First Columbia on May 3. If you are interested in going, please sign the sheet in the narthex.



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