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The Riverside Church in the City of New York APRIL 16, 2017 EASTER SUNDAY

The Riverside Church · Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! All creation join to say, Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens and earth reply,

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  • The Riverside Churchin the City of New York


  • Welcome to the RiveRside chuRchWorship is at the center of the life of The Riverside Church. As you prepare yourself for Worship, we invite you to reflect

    quietly on these words:

    “Now let the heavens be joyful, let earth her song begin.Let the round world keep triumph, and all that is therein;

    Invisible and visible, their notes let all things blend.For Christ the Lord is risen. Our joy that hath no end.”

    - Saint John of Damascus

    if this is your first visit: Complete a Welcome Card and place it in the offering plate as it passes.

    Join us for Fellowship Hour in South Hall Lobby directly after Worship. As you leave the Nave, take a right and follow the hallway past Christ Chapel. Signs and greeters are available to provide direction. You’ll find fair trade coffee from Javesca Coffee, a children’s play area, a greeting area to learn about membership at Riverside, and indoor seating.

    A church tour is offered each Sunday after Worship free of charge. Meet in the 1st balcony. Tours also take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. leaving from the Gift Shop. No reservations are necessary.

    Assistive hearing devices and large print bulletins are available upon request from an usher.

    the LiturgicaL year

    The Riverside Church follows the liturgical calendar to mark the seasons of our life together. We are currently in the season of Eastertide, a period of 50 days following the resurrection of Jesus Christ until Pentecost. The liturgical color of Eastertide is white, which symbolizes the hope of the resurrection, as well as the purity and newness that comes from victory over sin and death, as signified by the paraments and clergy stoles.

    Life of our CommunityFor announcements of programs and events in the church, please pick up the Life of Our Community bulletin located in the back of the pew or outside the Welcome Center. Or visit our website www.trcnyc.org.

    easter offeringThe theme of Riverside’s 2017 giving and serving campaign is Grateful. We’re all grateful for the love, community, and prophetic ministry of our church, so we’re expressing how we feel by giving and serving more than ever before.

    In the spirit of the campaign, today’s offering supports the Social Services of The Riverside Church, including the Food Pantry, Barber Training Program, Clothing Distribution, Shower Project, Safe Haven Shelter, and Direct Aid. These programs offer fresh food, groceries, warm clothes, hot showers, and safe places to rest to nearly 30,000 men, women, and children every year.

    You’re invited to join us. To give, simply place your gift in an Easter envelope or write “Easter” on your check or any envelope.

    To learn more and get involved, please visit www.trcnyc.org/donate.


    O filii et filiae arr. Sally Slade Warner

    Dionisio Lind, Carillonneur


    Sonata “La Facca” Cesario Gussago Al Folgorante Sguardo Giovanni Coperario Pavane Anthony Bassano Fancy à 6 Giovanni Coperario


    Mors et Resurrectio Jean Langlais



    Christ the Lord is Risen Today Easter Hymn

    Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! All creation join to say, Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens and earth reply, Alleluia!

    Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Dying once, Christ all doth save, Alleluia! Where thy victory, O grave? 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!

    Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted head, Alleluia! Made like Christ, who bids us rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

    Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia! Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia! AMEN.

    CALL TO WORSHIP Rev. Amy Butler

    Leader: Alleluia! Christ is risen.People: Christ is risen indeed!

    Leader: This is the Easter festival of life.  We celebrate the birth of new possibilities, of re-creation and new life as gifts from God.

    People: All creatures rejoice in the powerful work of God’s salvation!

    Leader: In Christ’s resurrection, hope triumphs over despair!People: Love triumphs over hate!

    Leader: Good triumphs over evil!People: Joy triumphs over fear and life triumphs over death!

  • Leader: Glory and honor and praise to Christ who lives and reigns among us!People: Alleluia to the Living Christ!

    Leader: Christ is risen.People: Christ is risen indeed!



    O Magnify the Lord Moses Hogan

    Magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt God’s name together. Praise the Lord. Magnify Him. Praise the Lord and let us magnify Him. Praise God’s holy name. For our heart shall rejoice because we have trusted in God’s holy name. Let us exalt God’s name together. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee.

    HEBREW SCRIPTURE LESSON Rev. Kevin Vandiver / Rev. Kevin Wright

    Isaiah 65:17-25 (page 696 in the Old Testament)

    Leader: The Word of God for the People of God.People: Thanks be to God.


    Sing Ye to the Lord Edward C. Bairstow

    Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea. Mighty victim from the sky, hell’s fierce powers beneath Thee lie; Thou hast conquered in the fight, Thou hast brought us life and light. Now no more can death appall, now no more the grave enthrall; Thou hast opened paradise, and in Thee Thy saints shall rise. Alleluia! Amen.

    EPISTLE LESSON Ms. Charlene Wingate / Mr. Dennis Day

    1 Corinthians 15:19-26 (page 176 in the New Testament)

    Leader: The Word of God for the People of God.People: Thanks be to God.


    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Victory

    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

    The strife is o’er, the battle done: The victory of life is won; The song of triumph has begun; Alleluia!

    The powers of death have done their worst, But Christ their legions hath dispersed; Let shouts of holy joy outburst; Alleluia!

    GOSPEL LESSON Rev. Rachel Johnson / Rev. Debra Northern

    Matthew 28:1-10 (page 33 in the New Testament)

    Leader: This is the Gospel of Christ.People: Thanks be to God.


    The three sad days are quickly sped, Christ rises glorious from the dead; All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!

    Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee, From death’s dread sting thy servants free, That we may live and sing to Thee; Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

    SERMON Rev. Butler

    A Matter of Life and Death

    PASTORAL PRAYER Rev. Bertram Johnson / Rev. Michael Livingston

    Leader: The Lord be with you.People: And with your spirit.

    Leader: Lift up your hearts.People: We lift them up unto the Lord.

    THE LORD’S PRAYER Pray in the language or version of your heart.


    Leader: The peace of the Lord be with you.People: And also with you.

    INVITATION TO GIVE AND SERVE Ms. Christian Peele / Rev. Wright

    OFFERTORY ANTHEM Finale from Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” Gustav Mahler

    O believe, my heart, O believe, nothing will be lost to you! What you have longed for is yours; what you have loved is yours; what you have championed is yours. O believe that you were not born in vain! You have not lived in vain, nor suffered in vain.

    What was created must pass away!What passes away must rise.Cease to tremble! Prepare yourself to live!

    O suffering! You that pierce all things, from you I am wrested away! O death! You that overcome all things, with wings that I wrested for myself in the fervent struggle of love, I shall soar to the light which no eye can pierce.

    Die I shall, so as to live!Rise again you will, my heart, very soon! What you have conquered will carry you to God!

    Tammy Mesic, sopranoNicole Mitchell, mezzo-soprano

    THE PRESENTATION The congregation rises row by row as ushers pass to symbolize offering of our whole selves to God

    PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION Ms. Peele / Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

  • THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS G. F. Handel The congregations stands and sings with the choir. Music is printed on the following pages.




    Ode to Joy Hymn to Joy

    Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna! Celebrate this day of days! Christ is risen! Hush in wonder: All creation is amazed. In the desert all surrounding, See a spreading tree has grown. Healing leaves of grace abounding Bring a taste of love unknown.

    Christ is risen! Raise your spirits From the caverns of despair. Walk with gladness in the morning, See what love can do and dare. Drink the wine of resurrection, Not a servant, but a friend. Jesus is our strong companion. Joy and peace shall never end.

    Christ is risen! Earth and heaven Nevermore shall be the same. Break the bread of new creation Where the world is still in pain. Tell its grim, demonic chorus: “Christ is risen! Get you gone!” God the First and Last is with us. Sing Hosanna, everyone!

    VOLUNTARY Toccata from Symphony No. 5 Charles-Marie Widor

    Special thanks today to our congregational leaders: Charlene Wingate and Dennis Day; our Crucifer, Athena Wilkinson; and our acolytes, Micah Stone, Jessye Salmon, and Latoya Wilkinson.

    Easter Brass: Raymond Mase, Robert Haley, C. J. Camerieri – trumpets; Mike Lormand, Sebastian Vera, Mark Johansen – trombones; Anthony Korf – timpani

    Cover art: Psalm 85 © 2014 John August Swanson | Eyekons

  • Easter Flower GiftsJeffrey Andrilenas

    In memoriam of Joyce James Andrilenas.


    Don BickfordIn memory of my nephews, William Lewis Bickford, Robert Allen Bickford, John Charles Bickford, and Joseph David Bickford.

    Betty Bizzell

    Lorraine BurchallIn loving memory of my sister, Ruth Burchall-Sanseviro, my Riverside mentors, Cathryn Glover, Dorothy Russell, and my dear friend, Deborah Noble.

    Pastor Amy ButlerWith deep love and gratitude for the faithful, prophetic congregation of The Riverside Church.

    Pat ClarkIn joyful dedication to my mother, Rosalie Clark and my aunts, Delethia Haywood, Margaret Newkirk, Annie Ruth Woods, Bertha Louise Maynor, and Katharine Baynes.

    Joy S. Cooke

    Evelyn DavisIn loving memory of my mother, Lillie Elizabeth Davis, my father, Ashley Davis, and my brother, Daniel Keith Davis.

    Shelley DysonIn loving memory of Rev. Dr. Willard Parker Clayton, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada.

    Linda FentimanIn Loving Memory of our parents and grandparents, Janet Crandell and Donald Fentiman, Linda Fentiman and Arthur Levine, Jamie Levine, and Rachel Levine.

    Monique J. FortuneCelebrating the life of our father Gontran P. Fortuné. Love, Monique, Gerry, Laura, Colette, Michael, and Michelle.

    Patricia L. HollomanIn loving memory of Rev. and Mrs. John L.S. Holloman, Sr., Lawrence and Laura Holloman, Karin Leo Madson, Helone & Ulrich Leo, Ruth and Harry Tatje, Metta and George Tatje, and Maryann and George Cook.

    Joycelyn James BraafIn memory of Richard and Marjorie James.

    John H. and Esaias JohnsonIn loving memory of Phyllis E. Johnson.

    George JohnsonIn memory of a lovely and beloved wife, Joanne, never to be forgotten.

    Earnest JonesIn memory of my niece, Djuana Renee Wilson, and my nephew, Lloyd Jones.

    Edward H. Lowe, M.D.In memorial: Mary Johnson Lowe, Eddie Kelly Carkhum, Jean Johnson Allen.

    Aida L. MonteroIn loving memory of Joseph Montero, beloved husband, father, and papa who taught us to live with grace, laugh often, and love much.

    Annette L. Purnell

    John SloranceIn memory of Courtney Slorance and Stanley Slorance.

    Valeria SpannIn loving memory of my devoted mother, Bessie B. Goodloe, and wonderful friends: Felice Dodson, Janet Carter, Harriette Henderson, Catherin Van Burren, Shirley Woods, Annie B. Flanders, Phyllis Smith, and stepmother, Lillian Dunn Thomas.

  • Brenda SpearsIn loving memory of Deborah Ann Spears, Joseph Spears, and Mattie Spears.

    Patricia & Rowan Titley

    Jennie UlemanIn beloved memory of Stephanie M. H. Camp (1968 - 2014).

    Doris A. Younger


    490 riverside drive · NeW york, N.y. 10027 teLephoNe 212.870.6700

    Interdenominational · Interracial · International · Open · Affirming · Welcoming

    The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister - [email protected] The Rev. Michael Livingston, Executive Minister - [email protected]

    Mr. Darvin Darling, Director of Information Technology - [email protected]. Richard Glassey, Director of Operations - [email protected]

    The Rev. Bertram Johnson, Minister of Advocacy, Justice & Change - [email protected] Mr. Christopher Johnson, Director of Music and Organist - [email protected]

    The Rev. Rachel Johnson, Director of Communications & Public Relations - [email protected] Rev. George Mekhail, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation - [email protected]

    The Rev. Debra Northern, Minister of Parish Care - [email protected] Mr. Patrick O’Brien, Property Manager - [email protected]

    Ms. Christian Peele, MDiv, Director of Stewardship & Development - [email protected]. Alice Perkins, Director of Finance & Revenue - [email protected]

    The Rev. Ellen Robison, Minister of Worship & the Arts - [email protected]. Brian Simpson, Director of Communications & Strategy - [email protected]

    Ms. Valentina Soto-Waller, Director of Human Resources - [email protected] The Rev. Kevin Wright, Minister of Education - [email protected]

    The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus

    The Riverside Church is a member of the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. and the United Church of Christ and cooperates with the Council of Churches

    in the City of New York, and with the New York State, National, and World Council of Churches.

    Twitter: @RiversideNYC • Instagram: @RiversideNYC • Facebook: facebook.com/RiversideNY

    web: trcnyc.org

    Talk With the PreacherEntries from Pastor Amy’s blog, talkwiththepreacher.org,

    are printed and available in the Welcome Center/Gift Shop.

    Pastor Amy is available for conversations with members by appointment.

    Please email srmin[email protected] or call 212-870-6775 to arrange an appointment.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- parkiNg - 4/16/2017

    Parking is available in the garage below the building. Present this bulletin to the attendant before 6:00 p.m. for a reduced rate of $4.00 cash or $5.00 credit card.