Worship Bulletin – March 31, 2024 – Easter Sunday

Worship Bulletin – March 31, 2024 – Easter Sunday

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — March 31, 2024

Ministers: ALL of our Members and Friends
Pastor & Teacher: The Rev. Kelly Thibeault

Welcome to the Oldtown Church!

We are so glad that you have chosen to worship with us today. We invite you to join in on the bold print in the bulletin and to stand as you are able any time you see a . The restrooms are out the back door of the sanctuary to the right, as is a little space in case your little one needs a walkabout. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and please join us for fellowship after worship!
Please remember to mute your devices during worship.


PRELUDE

GATHERING MUSIC

WELCOME & WORSHIP WAYS

A MOMENT TO LET GO / OPENING PRAYER

OPENING PRAYER

CALL TO WORSHIP
The grave is empty; Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never put it out!
Let the light shine!
We are an Easter people.
We gather here as the family of God!
Friends, we have a lot to celebrate.
Let our praises fill the air!

⇑ OPENING HYMN C#216—”Christ the Lord is Risen Today”

TIME OF SHARING
Open our eyes, Lord; we want to see Jesus.
To reach out and touch Him and say that we love Him.
Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord; we want to see Jesus.


The EASTER Story
Adapted from John 20:1-18 (Oldtown Bible: NT 140)

Early that morning…
          “The Angel Rolled the Stone Away”

Alive, could it be?…
          “The Strife is O’er”

Sad and alone…
          “In the Garden”

Thankful and happy…
          “Christ Arose!”

Elated, she ran to tell all of her friends…
          “Alive, Alive”

Resurrection, new life, and hope…
          “He Lives”


EASTER REFLECTION

PREPARING FOR PRAYER
In moments like these, I sing out a song. I sing out a love song to Jesus. In moments like these, I lift up my hands. I lift up my hands to the Lord. Singing, “I love You, Lord.” Singing, “I love You, Lord.” Singing, “I love You, Lord. I love You.”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.
CHORAL RESPONSE

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
GIFT OF SONG
THE DOXOLOGY (Old Hundredth)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures here below,
Praise God above, Ye heavenly host.
Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

FOR LOVE OF CHURCH

⇑ SENDING HYMN C#330—”Aleluia, Hear God’s Story”

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE (C#434)
God be with you ’til we meet again.
Loving counsel, guide, uphold you,
With a shepherd’s care enfold you,
God be with you ’til we meet again.
‘Til we meet, ’til we meet,
‘Til we meet at Jesus’ feet,
‘Til we meet, ’til we meet,
God be with you ’til we meet again.

POSTLUDE

*** Our worship has ended; let our service begin! ***

We ask that EVERYONE please join us immediately after
worship at the front of the sanctuary for our annual
Oldtown Easter picture!!


PushpinsThe Oldtown Message
March 31, 2024

OLDTOWN CALENDAR
Sun Mar 31: NO HOUSEHOLD HUDDLE
  ~ Worship 10am–EASTER SUNDAY
  ~ Missions–Undie Sunday
Wed Apr 3: Coffee Connection 10am-noon
Thu Apr 4: Music Ministry Meeting 7pm
Sun Apr 7: Household Huddle 9am
  ~ Worship 10am
  ~ Deacons Meeting after worship
  ~ Oldtown Singers rehearsal after worship
Tue Apr 9: Paint Night 7pm (RSVP required)
Wed Apr 10: Coffee Connection 10am-noon
Sun Apr 14:NO HOUSEHOLD HUDDLE
  ~ Worship 10am
  ~ Missions Meeting after worship
Wed Apr 17: Coffee Connection 10am-noon
Thu Apr 18: Attleboro Historic Preservation Society Presents – Keys to Unlocking the Past 6:45pm
Check our Online Calendar for even more Oldtown, denominational, and local events, free webinars, and other resources!! Have something you’d like added to the calendar? Email calendar@oldtownucc.org with all the information, and we’ll get it posted.


OLDTOWN PRAYER LIST

Edmond, Sarah, Edi, Nancy, Teagan, Cindi, Dan, Judy, David, Sherri, Roxanne, Lynne, Louis, Nick, Frank, Catherine, Ben, Jim & Marcia, Brianna, Duane, Samuel, Jill, Tammy, Bob, Cyndy, Christi, Marianne, Hailey, Don, Claudia, Megan, Mike & Lori, Melissa, Matthew, Maria, Madison, the Roux/Dorr family, Kes, Scott, John, Walt, the Miranda/K family, and Brian N.
Prayer requests can be placed in the offering plate, entered through our church website using our online prayer request form, or emailed to Pastor Kelly at PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org


EMAIL LIST

Do you get our Friday Email, aka “The Oldtown Update”? Our Oldtown Update is like a weekly newsletter that lets everyone know what is going on in Oldtown. If you do not receive it and would like to, drop a note in the offering plate with your email address or let Pastor Kelly know. Subscribe to our Friday Email Updates online, or let Pastor Kelly know your email address.


STEWARDSHIP CORNER

Weekly Giving

  • Last week, we welcomed 66 people in worship and our total giving to the church was $1,174.43, which is $210.19 less than expected.
  • So far, this year’s congregational giving is $2,100 more than we expected. Keep up the great work!!

Thank you for joining us on this glorious Easter Sunday to celebrate the best “Good News” of all:

HE IS RISEN!
HE IS RISEN, INDEED!

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples.
~ Matthew 28:5-8 (NRSVUE)


First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
(Oldtown Church)
675 Old Post Road, North Attleborough, MA 02760
508-695-1713
Pastor Kelly’s email: PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org
Church Email: church@oldtownucc.org
Website: www.oldtownucc.org
YouTube: www.youtube.com/oldtownucc
Facebook: www.facebook.com/oldtownucc
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Learn more about our denomination: www.ucc.org

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