“It Is In Dying That We Are Born To Eternal Life”
8:00 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster | Scripture: Romans 6:1-11
In perfect complement to our Lenten journey of reckoning and renewal using the Prayer of Saint Francis as our guide, we enter the Easter Season of new life following our Lenten journey through the specific challenges of Saint Francis’ prayer — turning hatred to love, injury to pardon, doubt to faith, despair to hope, darkness to light, and sadness to joy — seeking to Open to Peace in our own lives and in our world.
In this beautiful Easter morning service, Dr. Tim Bruster will wrap up his powerful Open to Peace Lenten sermon series with Easter’s Ultimate Good News: “It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” This glorious celebration will also feature our own Choral Union with Junior Worship Leader Owen Harvey, a boy soprano soloist, to offer Leonard Bernstein’s affirmative and at times serene “Chichester Psalms,” (honoring the 50th anniversary of this major choral work), accompanied by organ, brass, harp, and percussion.
Note: Because this is a Children First Sunday, nursery only will be available for 8:00 and 11:00 am services; Academy Sunday School classes will resume on April 12.
9:30 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster & Mister Mark Burrows
Hallelujahs and Hymns of Triumph. Lilies and Live Butterflies. And the Great Story of Perfect, All-Powerful Love.
This year at our 9:30 am Easter Sunday Service we will come together for a Family Easter celebration. Just as we fill our sanctuary each December for the Christmas Eve Family service to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we will continue that tradition as we share with our children why that blessed birth matters so much. Music will be similar to the 8:00 and 11:00 services, Dr. Bruster will deliver his Easter message, and our families will enjoy the full celebration together through child-friendly liturgies, hymns, lilies — and live butterflies!
Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Worship | 8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Page Hines
I hope that you will join us this Sunday for a very special Easter worship service! I will be preaching and the sermon will continue our focus on the Prayer of Saint Francis — Lord, make me an instrument of your peace — looking at the culminating line of the prayer “And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” Whether you are currently feeling like this day — this Easter day — is a NEW day blooming with possibilities or just another dreary day in a long line of struggles, please come be in community with us — come to love others and to be loved! Read the rest of Page’s blog . . .
10:30 – 10:55 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special Music: Robbie Higgs, Piano
With special music, prayer and readings, this quiet contemplative full communion service led by Dr. Len Delony and other FUMCFW clergy is available each week for those who want to add communion to their weekly worship experience.
11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
Easter Morning! with the eleven:eleven celebration featuring: Cellist, Dace Sultanov, Harpist, Hillary Hummel, an expanded Brass Section, Gifts of Spoken Word and Song with Original Poetry and the music of Mumford & Sons, Bruce Springsteen and Chicago! (And, as always, expect a few surprises!) We hope you can join us for an inspiring and fun Easter celebration! Read the rest of Tom’s blog . . .
5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
6:30 pm | Discipleship Discussion Groups
First 7th worship is radically relevant, modern Methodism, combining the best of our heritage with the needs of new generations. We’re a continuation of First UMC’s long tradition of pioneering new ways to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Learn more about First 7th . . .