Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of Our Lord: 4 April 2021

He is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah!
Special thanks to our trumpet players, Cheryl and Will Schehl, for Easter service.

Pastor Lee

Order of Worship for The Resurrection of Our Lord–Easter Day

Prelude: ELW 362- “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing.” Trumpet solo: Cheryl Schehl



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!

Easter Greeting

Opening Hymn: ELW 365- “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” verses 1 & 4. Will and Cheryl Schehl, trumpeters. Miriam Anderson, vocalist. Pam Edwards, organist.

Prayer of the Day

O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Gospel: Mark 16:1-8

The resurrection of Jesus is announced, and the response is one of terror and amazement.

1When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ body]. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

The Gospel of Our Lord. Praise to you O Christ.

Reading: Acts 10:34-43

Peter crosses the immense religious and social boundary that separates Jews from Gentiles in order to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, so that God’s forgiveness in Jesus’ name would reach out to all people.

34Peter began to speak to the people: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how 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. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not 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. 42He 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. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee

Christ is risen!

Hymn of the Day: ELW 433- “Blessing, Honor, and Glory.” Miriam Anderson, vocalist. Pam Edwards, pianist.

Prayers of Intercession

Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.

A brief silence.

Praise to you for your power revealed in the resurrection! Fill your church with the power of your love that is stronger than death. Send us to tell the good news wherever death holds sway. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Praise to you for your life at work in the resurrection! Fill all of creation with your life. Bring it to blossom and flourish; use it to remind us of your persistent grace. Cultivate our care for what you have made. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Praise to you for the peace made possible in the resurrection! Fill the nations with your peace. Draw together people of all nations and languages; reveal new possibilities and inspire new beginnings. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Praise to you for the hope of the resurrection! Fill all in need with hope: those who are afraid or confused, those who are sick or suffering, those who are dying, and those who grieve especially we pray for Mary Florence; Patrick Esping; Wayne Esping; Mary Guise; Marilyn Hubbard; Rick Sandway; Nancy Johnson; Ryan Holtan; Helen Schubert, and all those we name before you now aloud or in our hearts. Assure them of your promises. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Praise to you for the joy of your resurrection! Fill this assembly with joy as we are called your beloved in baptism. Multiply that joy so that we share it at home, at work, and in our community. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Praise to you for your faithfulness revealed in the resurrection! Fill us with trust, that we join with Benedict the African and all who have gone before us in proclaiming: “your mercy endures forever!” Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In the hope of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.






May our glorious God grant you a spirit of wisdom to know and to love the risen Lord Jesus. The God of life, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.


Sending Hymn: ELW 380- “Hallelujah! Jesus Lives!,” verses 1, 4, & 5. Will Schehl, trumpeter. Miriam Anderson, vocalist. Pam Edwards, organist.


Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

As we depart this worship space to receive our communion elements and go into the world, hear these worlds and know that this is the body and blood of Christ, given and shed for you.

You are the body of Christ raised up for the world. Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia! Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Postlude: “Variations on ‘O Filii et Filiae,” (“O Sons and Daughters”) by David Lasky. Pam Edwards, organist.

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Music credits:

Cheryl and Will Schehl: trumpets. Miriam Anderson: vocalist. Pam Edwards: Music Director/ organ/ piano.

“At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing.” Text: Latin hymn, 17th cent.; tr. Robert Campbell, 1814 – 1868, alt. Music: Bohemian Brethren, Kirchengeseng, 1566. Public domain.

“Jesus Christ is Risen Today.” Text: Latin carol, 14th cent., sts. 1 – 3; tr. J. Walsh, Lyra Davidica, 1708, alt.; Charles Wesley, 1707 – 1788, st. 4. Music: J. Walsh, Lyra Davidica, 1708. Public domain.

“Blessing, Honor, and Glory.” Text: Geoff Bullock and David Reidy. Music: Geoff Bullock and David Reidy. Text and music copyright 1990 Word Music, LLC. and Maranatha! Music, admin. Music Services, Inc.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Hallelujah! Jesus Lives!” Text: Carl B. Garve, 1763 – 1841; tr. Jane L. Borthwick, 1813 – 1897, alt.. Music: Ludvig M. Lindeman, 1812 – 1887. Public domain.

“Variations on ‘O Filii et Filiae,” (“O Sons and Daughters”) by David Lasky. Music copyright 1990, Jubilate Music. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

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