April 4, 2021
Christ is risen! Jesus is alive, and God has swallowed up death forever. With Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, we may feel astonished and confused, unsure of what to make of the empty tomb. But this is why we gather: to proclaim, witness, praise, and affirm the liberating reality of Christ's death and resurrection. In word and feast, we celebrate God's unending love, and depart to share this good news with all the world. Alleluia!
We Gather for Worship
Invitation to Silent Prayer
Processional Hymn: "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today"
is risen! C: The
Lord is risen indeed!
P: Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. C: He gave us new life and hope by Raising Jesus from death.
P: Rejoice, then, even in your distress. C: We shall be counted worthy when Christ appears.
P: God has claimed us as his own. C: He called us from our darkness into the light of his day.
P: Christ is risen! C: The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
ELW # 389
Prayer of the Day:
Lord God, Heavenly Father, you have demonstrated your power and your love for us by raising our Lord from the dead. In his resurrection, you have declared that nothing can confound you, nor keep you from us, not even death! Grace us with the same power that raised our Lord to life, so that we too may live the resurrected life, now and eternally, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.
We Hear God's Word
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Gospel Acclamation "Alleluia"
L: The Holy Gospel according to St. John 20th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord. John 20: 1-18
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Pastor George Friedrich
We Respond to the Word
Offering and Offertory "At the Lamb's High Feast" (vss.1)
P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts. C: We lift them to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
The Lamb's High Feast" (vs.2, 3)
P: We praise you, heavenly Father, and you're Son, Christ our Lord, through whom you have saved and redeemed us. Through him you first created us, and through him you still more gloriously rescued us from sin and death.
C: Oh, the greatness of your love, that you would take our fallen nature to yourself and, through your suffering, free us from suffering and death!
P: Oh, the greatness of your love, Lord Christ, that on the night before you went to die, while at table with your disciples, you took bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying: "Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me." Then you took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me."
The Lamb's High Feast" (vss.4, 5)
P: Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:
C: The Lord's Prayer
P: Reveal yourself to us, O Lord, in the breaking of bread,as once, arisen from the dead, you revealed yourself to your disciples.
Hymn: "At The Lamb's High Feast" (vs.6, 7) ELW # 362
P: The Lord is risen! C: The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P: Let us pray. C: Almighty God, you give us the joy of celebrating our Lord's resurrection. Give us also the joys of life in your service, and bring us at last to the full joy of life eternal; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives... and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, oneGod, now and forever. Amen.
Hymn: "At The Lamb's High Feast" (vs.8) ELW # 362
P: The God of peace - who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant - make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you
that which is well-pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.
Recessional Hymn: "Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds"
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