April 12, 2020 -Easter Sunday

WELCOME – Welcome to our Easter Sunday virtual worship service. Whether you are worshiping at home alone or with your family, we hope you will experience a sense of connection with other AMCC members, our extended family, and online visitors as they worship with you.

We are grateful to our Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Peter B. Doghramji, for leading us in our worship today, to our readers, and to the combined AMCC choir and members of the congregation for singing our traditional ‘Hallelujah’ chorus in a video from our archives.

PREPARING for WORSHIP – Whether using your computer, tablet, or smart phone, we suggest that you find a quiet, comfortable space in your home that allows you to be fully present in the spirit of worship.

Before you begin, please take a moment to read some tips on how to best navigate our interactive program format:

As you follow the Order of Worship below, you will see portions that are video- or audio-taped, read silently or aloud together, or offer a time for quiet reflection or prayer. You can go at your own pace (and you can go back watch any of the video segments again).

To access the videos and audios, click on the hyperlink next to the program listing. Make sure your sound is turned on and the volume high enough for you to hear well. You may wish to click the full screen icon for better viewing. When the video ends, close the video screen to return to the Order of Worship. 

Order of Worship

Easter Greeting in Armenian

Քրիստոս յարեա՛ւ ի մեռելոց
Krisdos haryaav ee merelots!
(Christ is risen from the dead!)

Օրհնեա՛լ է յարութիւնն Քրիստոսի
Orhnyal eh harootyoonun Krisdosi!
(Blessed is the resurrection of Christ!)

Call to Worship (video): https://youtu.be/8PdzCTYID7w

Prayer of Invocation (video): https://youtu.be/QcXPFyWm_uQ

Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon (video):  https://youtu.be/nquAM7fHZ-o

Lord’s Prayer (Հայր Մեր/Hayr Mer) (audio):

Հայր մեր որ յերկինս ես,
Hayr merr, vor herr-gins es,
(Our Father, who art in heaven,)

Սուրբ եղիցի անուն քո.
Soorp yeh-ghee-tsee aa-noon ko,
(Hallowed be Thy name.)

Եկեսցէ արքայութիւն քո,
Yeh-gess-tseh ar-kaa-yoo-tyoon ko,
(Thy kingdom come,)

Եղիցին կամք Քո, որպէս յերկինս՝ և յերկրի.
Yeh-ghee-tseen gamk ko, vor-bess herr-gins yev herr-gree.
(Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.)

Զհաց մեր հանապազորդ տուր մեզ այսօր.
Uzhaats merr haa-naa-baa-zort door mez ai-sor;
(Give us this day our daily bread;)

Թող մեզ ըզպարտիս մեր,
Togh mez uz-bar-dees merr,
(And forgive us our debts,)

որպէս եւ մեք թողումք մերոց պարտապանաց.
vor-bess yev mek toh-ghoomk meh-rawts bardabanats,
(as we have also forgiven our debtors;)

Եւ մի՜ տանիր զմեզ ի փորձութիւն,
Yev mee daa-neer zmez ee por-tzoo-tyoon,
(And lead us not into temptation,)

Այլ փըրկեա ի չարէ։
Ayl purr-gyaa ee chaa-reh.
(But deliver us from evil.)

Զի քո է արքայութիւն եւ զորութիւն եւ փառք յաւիտեանս. Ամէն:
Zee ko eh ar-ka-yoo-tyoon yev zo-roo-tyoon yev parrk ha-vee-dya-nus, Amen.
(For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.)

Old Testament (Arm.) – Isaiah 53:1-5 (video) https://youtu.be/2F5qlZkMV2Q

1 Who has believed what we have heard?
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by others;
    a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne our infirmities
    and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
    struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
    crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
    and by his bruises we are healed.

The Gospel (Eng.) – Luke 24:1-9 (video): https://youtu.be/dEVYYUUio5A

 1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.

Hymn – Sourp Asdvadz (v. 3), Park Kez, Der (audio):

Sourp Asdvadz / Holy God,
Sourp yev huzor / Holy and almighty,
Sourp yev anmah / Holy and immortal,
Vor haryar ee merelots / You who were resurrected from the dead,
Voghormya mez / Have mercy on us.
(x3)
Park kez Der Asdvadz mer. / Praise to you, Lord, our God.

Sermon – He Raised Us Up! (video): https://youtu.be/jvbV3gVw1Bw

Affirmation of Faith – Apostles’ Creed (read silently or aloud):

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Offering – Although AMCC is closed until further notice, the church continues to have expenses. Members and friends may continue to give their pledges and other donations by mailing a check to the church or by giving online through the AMCC website at https://www.amccpa.org/give/. We appreciate your generosity at this time.

Hallelujah from Messiah (Handel) (video): https://youtu.be/0X5DyJPNsiQ
Choir and Congregation (2014)

Benediction (video): https://youtu.be/ARUuYXCz7Bc

Thank you for worshiping with us today. Please join us again for Armenian Martyrs’ Sunday worship on April 26.