Easter Sunday Worship Service with Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D. - virtual event
Join us online Easter Sunday, April 4 2021 for an Easter Sunday Worship Service with Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University. The service will have magnificent music provided by Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music and Eric Plutz, University Organist as well as several guest musicians and soloists
The recorded service is available Sunday at 8am here Chapel Service . This service will remain archived after the premiere (along with concerts and other amazing programs), and we encourage you to return to them whenever you might find that to be helpful. The service will also be broadcast at 8am on Easter morning (April 4) on 89.1FM and online at wwfm.org
Please note this is a fully virtual event.
Bulletin for Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
Invitatory: Resurrection by Larry King (1932-1990) and Toccata in D Major by Giovanni Battista Martini (1706-1784) with Eric Schweingruber, trumpeter
Welcome: Dean Boden
Hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Easter Hymn)
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Mortal tongues and angels say: Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, glad heavens, and earth reply: Alleluia!
Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids Christ rise, Alleluia! God has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted head, Alleluia! Made like Christ, like Christ we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
Call to Worship: Alexandra Miller-Knaack
First Reading: Acts 10:34-43 (Read by Nathaniel J. Hontz ’21)
Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to God. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’
Solo: Let the Bright Seraphim by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) with Jennifer Borghi '02, soprano and Eric Schweingruber, trumpeter
Second Reading: John 20:1-18
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Sermon: “Recalled to Life!” by Dean Boden
Anthem: Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) with Lynn Norris, soprano soloist
Pastoral Prayer: Dean Thames
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 who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Solo: Laudate Dominum from Vespers solennelle de confessore by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) with Jennifer Borghi '02, soprano and Eric Schweingruber, trumpeter
Prayer for Princeton: O Eternal God, the source of life and light for all peoples, we pray you would endow this University with your grace and wisdom: give inspiration and understanding to those who teach and to those who learn; grant vision to its trustees and administrators; to all who work here and to all who bear her name give your guiding Spirit of sacrificial courage and loving service. Amen.
Hymn: Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain (St. Kevin)
Come, you faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness, God has brought all Israel into joy from sadness; loosed from Pharaoh's bitter yoke Jacob's sons and daughters; led them with unmoistened foot through the Red Sea waters.
Spring has dawned on earth today; Christ has burst from prison, and from three days' sleep in death as the sun has risen, all the winter of our sins, long and gray, is flying from the Light, to whom we give laud and praise undying.
Now the joyous season, bright with the day of splendor, with the royal feast of feasts, comes its joys to render; comes to glad Jerusalem who with true affection welcomes in unwearied strains Jesus' resurrection.
Voluntary: Toccata from Symphony No. 5, Op. 42, No. 1 by Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937)
The University Chapel is a welcoming community of faith. We gather to sing God's praises, to hear God's living Word, to seek justice, and to proclaim God's love for all people.
University Chapel Staff: The Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel; The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel; Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music; Eric Plutz, University Organist; Elizabeth Powers, Chapel Administrator; Alexandra Miller-Knaack, Seminarian Intern; Edgar Gomez, Sexton; Lisa McGurr, Sexton
Calendar: The event listed below is fully virtual and available online at chapel.princeton.edu
Sunday, April 11, 2021, 8am – University Chapel Service. The preacher will be Dean Thames.
For additional information, please visit chapel.princeton.edu or call 609-258-3047.