Easter Sunday Service

Oconee Street UMC Online Service
Easter Sunday • April 12, 2020


Pastor Elaine Puckett

Call to Worship

Air by Georg Philipp Telemann
David Stanley, trumpet


Joshua King & Laurie Norris

Opening Hymn

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! 
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia! 
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! 
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia! 
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! 
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia! 
Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! 
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! 
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia! 
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia! 
King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia! Everlasting life is this, Alleluia! 
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia! Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia! 


Joshua King


“Worthy is the Lamb That Was Slain” from Messiah by Georg Frederic Handel
Performed by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Gospel Reading

Dr. Jodie Lyon


Dr. Jodie Lyon

Apostle’s Creed


Joshua King

Closing Hymn

“Christ is Risen”
Sung by the Choir and Congregation of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska


Dr. Jodie Lyon
“God Be With You Till We Meet Again”
(Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Text: Jeremiah E. Rankin)
Performed by J.D. Burnett and Brandon Baker, tenors


“Christ is Alive / Christ the Lord is Risen Today”
Performed by David Stanley, trumpet and Molly McClure Stanley, piano

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Sermon: Hail Thee, Festival Day

When the resurrected Jesus meets the Marys after they found the tomb empty, he tells us them to “rejoice.” It isn’t just a command. It’s a type of greeting — a cheerful, “Hello!”

The King James Bible has a unique interpretation of Matthew 28:9, in which Jesus says, “All hail” to the Marys. The word “hail” has a unique meaning — it means that something is good, and in the greeting of someone else, you call out the goodness for all that is. When we say “Happy Easter,” we’re hoping that the other person will be able to fully enter into the festivities of the celebration.

Today is the feast of Easter — when death has been swallowed up in victory and love proves stronger than death. The Christian faith is a kind of party that connects to the whole of creation. All hail!

“Hail Thee, Festival Day”
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby

Click to listen to the Easter Sunday choir anthems for the day.

“Hail Thee, Festival Day”
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby
Matthew 28: 1-9
April 21, 2019 • Easter Sunday

Choir Anthems: Easter Sunday

Performances by the Oconee Street UMC Chancel Choir on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.

Call to Worship: “Resurrection Alleluias” by Tom Fettke
Directed by Amanda Martin
Maxine Easom, piano • Ben Otieno & Elizabeth Scott, trumpets
Choral Worship: “It is Finished” by Ken Dosso
Directed by Amanda Martin
Maxine Easom, piano
Choral Worship: “By Our Love” by Christy Nockels
Arrangement by Mary McDonald
Directed by Amanda Martin
Maxine Easom, Piano • Ben Otieno & David Stanley, trumpets

Listen to Pastor Joe Gunby’s Easter Sermon, “Hail Thee, Festival Day.”

Sermon: Jesus is risen! But do we know him?

He is risen!

But what does Jesus’ resurrection truly mean to us? Are we really ready to accept the risen Jesus? Or are we too comfortable with our earthly life that we prefer to live our lives as if Jesus is dead?

If we are truly ready to accept the risen Jesus, and the eternal life offered to us, that we need to relinquish our need for certainty and comfort. Our desire of safety must disappear. Because that default setting that tells us to follow our bliss, maximize our profits and seek earthly pleasure  is not the life Jesus demands of us.

If we really accept Jesus, we must fly away from those habits that signal to us that Jesus is dead. He is risen! It’s up to us to change our ways and accept the risen Jesus.


“The Jesus I Never Knew”
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby
John 20: 1, 11-18
April 16, 2017 • Easter Sunday