Because we were talking about it at RevGalBlogPals–I used this for an early Easter service, which started in the Narthex, with the sanctuary doors closed. After the Call, we opened the doors and processed in while the (already in place) Choir Director sang “Were you there when Christ rose up from the tomb,” a capella.
Call to Worship (John 20:1 and Psalm 118:19-23)
Leader One: Early on the first day of the week…
Leader Two: Open to us your gates of righteousness,
All: That we may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
Leader One: While it was still dark…
Leader Two: This is the gate of the Lord;
All: The righteous shall enter through it.
Leader One: Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw…
Leader Two: We thank you that you have answered us;
All: We thank you that you have become our salvation.
Leader One: …that the stone had been removed from the tomb.
Leader Two: The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
All: This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes!