The Eternal Surprise

Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.

Minister: Rev. James Feairs, B. A., M. Div., Retired Supply.
Organist & Choir Leader: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers.
Livestreaming and song leader: Shawn Pearce-Chambers.

April 12, 2020                                                                                           Easter Sunday Service

Livestreaming from Eldad during pandemic precautions

We Gather with Praise


Gospel Jam: 155. Jesus Christ is risen today.

Call to Worship: Fear not! I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified!
Do not be afraid! He is risen! He is not here!
Don’t be alarmed! And go tell everyone the news:
Christ is risen! He is going out into the world ahead of you!
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Opening Prayer

Song of Assurance: 166. Joy comes with the dawn.

Life and Work of the Community of Faith

We Encounter God’s Word

First Reading: Isaiah 53:1-5. By his wounds we are healed.

Letter: Romans 5:1-8. Faith in the risen Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of Mark 16:1-8. The announcement and its effect.
Reader: May the Spirit of the risen Christ lead us into all truth.
People: Amen.

Special Music

Message: The Eternal Surprise.

We Respond with Prayer and Thanksgiving

Song:179. Hallelujah, hallelujah, give thanks to the risen Christ.

Prayer for Gifts and Givers: On this Easter Day, we gather in spirit, where we cannot gather at this time in place. We lift up all churches and communities of faith in our Region of East Central Ontario. We hold up in our Cycle of Prayer, the people and minister of the Cressy-Glenora Pastoral Charge. We pray that all ways they are giving, to support the ministry of their churches, in their communities at this time, and all their gifts to our Mission and Service fund, may be blessed, along with ours. Asking your blessing on all gifts and all givers, O God, we pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

Prayers of the People


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 trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing Hymn: 173. Thine is the glory.