Happy Resurrection of our Lord. I pray this service finds you well and renews your spirit.
Peace, Pastor Chris Lee.
Order of Worship for the Resurrection of Our Lord: April 17, 2022:
Prelude: ACS 935- “Woman Weeping in the Garden,” Senior Choir.
1. Woman, weeping in the garden, who has pushed the stone aside? Who has taken Jesus’ body, Jesus Christ the crucified?
2. Woman, waiting in the garden, after men have come and gone, after angels give their witness, silently you watch the dawn.
3. Woman, walking in the garden, Jesus takes you by surprise; when the gard’ner calls you, “Mary!” faith and joy meet in your eyes.
4. Woman, weeping in the garden, weep for joy, for you have seen Jesus, the Messiah, risen; Christ, of whom the prophets dream.
5. Woman, dancing from the garden, find the others and proclaim Christ is risen as he promised; tell the world he knew your name!
Opening Hymn: “Lord of the Dance.” Liturgical dancers: Ava Bobb; Abbigail, Amaya and Zoe Lee.
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.
First Reading: Acts 10:34-43
Peter’s sermon, delivered at the home of Cornelius, a Roman army officer, is a summary of the essential message of Christianity: Everyone who believes in Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the words of the prophets, receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
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.”
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)
1Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good;
God’s mercy endures forever.
2Let Israel now declare,
“God’s mercy endures forever.”
14The Lord is my strength and my song,
and has become my salvation.
15Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!
16The right hand of the Lord is exalted!
The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!”
17I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the Lord.
18The Lord indeed punished me sorely,
but did not hand me over to death.
19Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter them and give thanks to the Lord.
20“This is the gate of the Lord;
here the righteous may enter.”
21I give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and you have become my salvation.
22The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
23By the Lord has this been done;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
24This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Paul describes the consequences of the resurrection, including the promise of new life in Christ to a world that has been in bondage to death. He celebrates the destruction of evil and the establishment of God’s victorious rule over all.
19If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. 21For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; 22for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 23But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
Gospel: Luke 24:1-12
Evidently expecting to find Jesus’ corpse, some of the women among his followers go to the tomb with embalming spices. After a perplexing encounter with the empty tomb and angelic visitors, the women become the first to proclaim the amazing news of resurrection.
1On the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5The 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. 6Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8Then they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee
Hymn of the Day: ELW 365- “Jesus Christ is Risen Today.”
Prayers of Intercession
On this day of resurrection joy, let us offer our prayers for ourselves, our neighbors, and our world.
Renewing God, the good news of your resurrection changed the world. Give church leaders and all the baptized the same excitement as the women at the tomb, and inspire us to share your abundant life. Merciful God,
receive our prayer.
Sustaining God, your creation abounds with signs of new life in budding trees and newborn creatures. Provide fertile soil, ample sunlight, and nourishing rain for the growth of plants, and provide farmers with a plentiful harvest. Merciful God,
receive our prayer.
Sheltering God, strengthen and sustain all who support vulnerable people across the world. Empower government agencies and international organizations that provide for refugees and migrants forced to leave their homelands. Merciful God,
receive our prayer.
Encouraging God, you do a new thing among us. We pray for those gripped by fear and anxiety or who suffer in any way especially Candi Wheeler; Johnny Scoglio ; Ruth Mortland; Richard Mowry; Melvin Neu; Sky Stoutt; Gary Berg; Jeanna LaRue; Bruce and Sandy Wright; Betty Lee; Julie Prenatt; David Neu; Sherry Stoutt; Nan Hibbs; Noah Stoutt; Richard Hotchkiss; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage and their family; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Helen Schubert; and Emma Wheeler and those we name before you now, aloud or in our hearts…
Send us as your healing presence to places of hunger, pain, illness, or overwhelming sorrow. Merciful God,
receive our prayer.
Surprising God, you offer endless ways for us to delight in your grace. Give this community of faith a sense of joy and wonder in exploring new avenues of faith formation, worship, and discipleship. Merciful God,
receive our prayer.
Resurrecting God, you make us alive in Christ. Thank you for blessing us with faithful witnesses who now rest in you especially. Merciful God,
receive our prayer.
We offer to you these petitions and those we carry in our hearts, trusting in your abundant and ever-present mercy.
The Lord’s Prayer
ELW 366- “The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done.”
ELW 491- “Come, Let Us Eat.”
Prayer after Communion
We give you thanks, generous God, for in this bread and cup we have tasted the new heaven and earth where hunger and thirst are no more. Send us from this table as witnesses to the resurrection, that through our lives, all may know life in Jesus’ name.
God, the Author of life, Christ, the living Cornerstone, and the life-giving Spirit of adoption, ☩ bless you now and forever.
Sending Hymn: – ELW 376- “Thine is the Glory.”
Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Go in peace. Tell what God has done. Thanks be to God.
Postlude: Variations on “O Filii et Filiae” (O Sons and Daughters)
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Liturgical dancers: Ava Bobb; Abbigail, Amaya and Zoe Lee.
Miriam Anderson: Assisting Minister
Pam Edwards: Music Director/ Pianist / Organist
“Woman Weeping in the Garden.” (c) 1992 Hope Publishing Company. Contributors: Daniel Damon. Text: (c) 1992 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Lord of the Dance.” One License #01248. Contributors: Sydney CarterTune: Adapt. by Carter; © 1963, Stainer & Bell, Ltd., London, England. (admin. by Hope Publishing Co.) Text: (c) 1963 Stainer & Bell Ltd. (admin. Hope Publishing Co.) All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“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.
“The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done.” Text: Symphonia Sirenum, Koln, 1695; tr. Francis Pott, 1832 – 1909. Music: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525 – 1594; arr. William H. Monk, 1823 – 1889. Public domain.
“Come, Let Us Eat.” Contributors: Gilbert E Doan, Marjorie Jillson. Text: Sts. 1-3 © Lutheran World Federation, admin. Augsburg Fortress; St. 4 © 1978, Augsburg Fortress.Billema Kwillia, adapt. Music: All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Thine is the Glory.” Text: Edmond Budry, 1854 – 1932; tr. R. Birch Hoyle, 1875 – 1939. Music: George Frideric Handel, 1685 – 1759. Public domain.
Variations on “O Filii et Filiae” (O Sons and Daughters)- arr. Lasky. One License #178805. 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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