April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday

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Calling Of Revs. Katie And John Callaway As Co-Pastors

After a weekend in Savannah, meeting the diaconate, and a reception with members of the congregation, on April 7, 2019, Revs. Katie and John Callaway preached and led in worship in view of call.  In conference after worship, the congregation voted on the nomination from the Pastor Search Committee and called Katie and John to be co-pastors of our church. As John and Katie preached, God has made a way, and God is making a way at First Baptist Church Savannah! For more about the Callaways and co-pastoring, visit fbcsavsearch.org/newpastors.      

Order of Worship ((This service is edited to fit one hour and some content may not be be included)

The Worship of God                              

April 21, 2019         Easter Sunday     Eleven O’clock

We Praise God   

Chiming of the Hour 

  †Organ Prelude - “Fantasy on easter hymn”      William H. Harris      Rev. James Richardson

  Welcome and Call to Worship Rev. Josh Brewer

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Stones roll away, tombs are open, new possibilities are born,

women sing for joy, and men race to share the good news.

Things that were old are becoming young again,

and all things are returning to their pristine beauty.

The Easter joy of the living Christ Jesus be with you all.

And also with you.

Invocation Gaye Rountree

†*Hymn No. 123 - “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” easter hymn

The congregation will please stand at the entrance of the processional cross.

Madeline Campbell, crucifer

*Affirmation of Faith

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

*Gloria Patri No. 579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

World without end.  Amen.  Amen.

†Children’s Time Rachel Cosme

Children through fifth grade are invited to the front of the sanctuary for children’s time.

We Proclaim God’s Word

Anthem - “O Sons and Daughters of the King” Paul Sjolund

O sons and daughters of the King, whom heavenly hosts in glory sing,

Today the grave has lost its sting: Alleluia!

On this most holy day of days to God your hearts and voices raise

In songs of joy and shouts of praise: Alleluia!

And we the holy Church unite, as evermore is just and right,

In glory to the King of light.

(The text is by Jean Tisserand.)

First Lesson - Acts 10:34-43 Phil Campbell, lay reader

Second Lesson - I Corinthians 15:19-26

Anthem - “Day of Arising” Carl Schalk

Day of arising, Christ on the roadway, unknown companion walks with his own.

When they invite him, as fades the first day, and bread is broken, Christ is made known.

When we are walking, doubtful and dreading, blinded by sadness, slowness of heart,

Yet Christ walks with us, ever awaiting our invitation: Stay, do not part.

Lo, I am with you, Jesus has spoken.  This is Christ’s promise, this is Christ’s sign:

When the church gathers, when bread is broken, there Christ is with us in bread and wine.

Christ, our companion, hope for the journey, bread of compassion, open our eyes.

Grant us your vision, set all hearts burning that all creation with you may rise.

(The text is by Susan Palo Cherwien.)

Gospel Lesson - John 20:1-18

Response to the Lessons

This is the written Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God!

Sermon - “The Stories We Tell” Rev. Josh Brewer

We Respond to the Word

*Hymn No. 107 - “Celebrate with Joy and Singing” evelyn chapel

Call to Prayer

Silent Prayers

Pastoral Prayer

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 sins, as we forgive those who sin against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

Offertory Sentence

Receiving of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory - “Reflection on lasst uns erfreuen” Charles Callahan

* Presentation and Doxology lasst uns erfreuen

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below; Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise God above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

* Offertory Prayer

*Invitation to Christian Discipleship

We Go into the World

*Hymn No. 119 - “The Strife Is O’er” victory

Events in the Life of the Church

Pastoral Benediction

Choral Response - “Jesus Is Alive” Dana Mengel

Why do you seek the living, the living among the dead?

He is not here, he is not here but is risen from the dead!

Remember how he told you, the Son of man must die,

And on that Easter day would rise and brighten all the sky.

It’s true! It’s true! Go spread the news that Jesus is alive!

Sing Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus is alive!

(The text is by Dana Mengel.)

Organ Postlude - “Welcome, Happy Morning!” Wilbur Held

*The congregation stands with the choir.  

†The ushers will seat those waiting.

The congregation is invited to greet the ministers

in the narthex or be seated for the postlude.

The sanctuary flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory

and honor of loved ones by members and friends of First Baptist Church.

First Baptist Church of Savannah

Katie Callaway, Co-Pastor

John Callaway, Co-Pastor

Josh Brewer, Assistant Minister for Community Missions

James Richardson, Organist Emeritus     



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