ORDER OF SERVICE:

 

Minister: Invocation

 

Choir: The Lamb

 

Responsive Reading of Psalm 118

M. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:

C. The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!  

 

M. The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;

C. The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!

 

M. I will not die but live,

C. And will proclaim what the Lord has done.

 

M. The Lord has chastened me severely,

C. But he has not given me over to death.

 

M. Open for me the gates of righteousness;

C. I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.

 

M. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.

C. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.

 

M. The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;

C. The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

 

M. This is the day the Lord has made;

C. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 

M. O Lord, save us;

C. O Lord, grant us success.

 

M. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

C. From the house of the Lord we bless you.

 

M. The Lord is God,

C. And he has made his light shine upon us.

 

M. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession

C. Up to the horns of the altar.

 

M. You are my God, and I will give you thanks;

C. You are my God, and I will exalt you.

 

M. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

C. His love endures forever.

 

All sing Hymn 149:

Christ the Lord is ris’n today

Saints on earth and angels say;

Raise your joys and triumphs high;

Sing, O heav’ns, and earth, reply.

 

Love’s redeeming work is done,

Fought the fight, the battle won;

Lo, our sun’s eclipse is o’er;

Lo, he sets in blood no more.

 

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;

Christ has burst the gates of hell.

Death in vain forbids his rise;

Christ has opened paradise.

 

Lives again our glorious King!

Where, O death, is now your sting?

Once he died our souls to save;

Where your victory,  O grave?

 

Hail the Lord of earth and heav’n!

Praise to you by both be giv’n!

God has now fulfilled his Word;

Praise the resurrected Lord!   

                                      

First Easter Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9  (See back of the bulletin)

 

Choir: He Is Risen!

       

Second Easter Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 (See back of bulletin)

 

Baptism / Receiving of Members

 

All sing: Christ the Lord is Risen Today (CW 150)

 

Third Easter Reading: Mark 16:1-8 (back of bulletin)

 

Sermon Thought:

EASTER IS ABOUT A VERY BIG QUESTION

1. It’s a very big stone

2. It’s a very big fear

3. It’s a very big comfort

 

All sing: Christ Be My Leader (C.W. 367)

 

Offering

Prayers:

M: O Lord God, our strength, our song, and our salvation, you fulfilled your promises by the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead.

C: Thanks be to God! You give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

M: In your compassion you sent Christ, the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life to rescue the lost.

C: Drive out all doubt and gloom that we may delight in your glorious triumph.

M: Lift our eyes heavenward to see him who lives to make intercession for the saints, and grant us confidence in the greatness of his power. Keep before us the vision of your redeemed people standing before your throne and singing the song of victory.

C: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive wisdom and power and honor and glory and praise.

M: Make us instruments of your peace as we bring the good news of hope and new life to those around us. Guide us in the use of all that you have entrusted to us: our time, our talents, and our treasures.

C: Risen Lord, live in us that we may live for you.

M: Merciful Lord Jesus, grant healing to the sick, and strengthen the faith of the suffering and the dying. Assure them of your abiding presence, and comfort them with the hope of eternal life.

Special prayers and intercessions may follow.

M: Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.

Silent prayer.

M: Gracious Father, you have restored to us the joy of your salvation. With happy hearts, we come before you and say:

C: Alleluia! Thanks be to God! Amen.

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All:   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

  forever and ever.   Amen.

 

All sing: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today   Choir sings verse 1, Congregation sings verse 2, Choir sings verse 3, all join in singing verse 4.  (CW 157)

 

Benediction

 

All Sing: I Know that My Redeemer Lives (verses 7 and 8)