Easter Sunday Worship Service

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April 17, 2022

The First Reading – Matthew 27:62-66

The Tomb Made Secure

  The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
  “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Were You There – CW 426

1 Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

3 Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

The Second Reading – John 20:1-2

The Lord Is Out of the Tomb!

  Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today – CW 438

1 Jesus Christ is ris’n today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

2 Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heav’nly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

3 But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

4 Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
praise him, all you heav’nly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

The Opening Words

“Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. 

He is Risen!
He is risen indeed!

God raised Jesus from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, 
Because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 

David said about him: ”‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my   right hand, I will not be shaken. 
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, 

Because you will not abandon me to the grave, 
Nor will you let your Holy One see decay. 

Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.
God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.

You have made known to me the paths of life; 
You will fill me with joy in your presence.’

Choir – Christ the Lord is Risen Again

Hark, angelic voices sing, 
hark, angelic voices sing. 
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Christ the Lord is risen again! 
Christ has broken ev’ry chain! 
Now through all the world it rings 
that the Lamb is King of Kings: alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

He who gave for us his life, 
who for us endured the strife, 
Takes our sin and guilt away 
that with angels we may say alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

He who bore all pain and loss, 
comfortless upon the cross, 
Lives in glory now on high, 
Pleads for us and hears our cry.

He who slumbered in the grave, 
is exalted now to save; 
Now through all the world it rings 
that the Lamb is King of Kings. Alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

With joy in our hearts and praise on our lips, we worship the Triune God: The Father who raised his Son from the dead; the Son who did not see decay; the Holy Spirit who has made know to us the path of life. We now confess our sins to God with the assurance we are forgiven by our Savior’s resurrection from the dead.

The Confession of Sins

Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things and Judge of all people, we admit and confess our sinfulness. We have allowed our thoughts, the beliefs of this world, and our old evil foe to question your love, doubt your promises, and not pay attention to your Word. Forgive us when Thomas’ doubt has filled our hearts. Forgive us when fear consumes us and we have not been willing to bear the crosses that enter our lives as a result of being one of your followers. We confess these and all our sins to you, trusting you have forgiven us for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, who has been raised from the dead and lives eternally.

The Lord’s Absolution

By the Christ’s resurrection be assured that Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross has been accepted by God as payment for your sin. Because the grave is empty and our Savior is not dead but alive, I am able to declare to you, according to our LORD’s promise, that you are no longer in your sin. Your sin has been forgiven. Peace be to you and praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who is risen from the dead.
He is risen indeed!

Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed – CW 447

1 How can it be, the One who died
has borne our sin through sacrifice,
to conquer ev’ry sting of death?
    Sing, sing “Hallelujah!”

2 For joy awakes as dawning light
when Christ’s disciples lift their eyes.
Alive he stands, their friend and King;
    Christ, Christ, he is risen!

Refrain
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!
Oh, sing “Hallelujah!”
Join the chorus, sing with the redeemed:
“Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!”

3 Where doubt and darkness once had been,
they saw him and their hearts believed.
But blest are those who have not seen,
    yet sing “Hallelujah!”

4 Once bound by fear, now bold in faith,
they preached the truth and pow’r of grace
and pouring out their lives they gained
    life, life everlasting.

Refrain
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!
Oh, sing “Hallelujah!”
Join the chorus, sing with the redeemed:
“Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!”

5 The pow’r that raised him from the grave
now works in us to pow’rf’lly save.
He frees our hearts to live his grace;
    go, tell of his goodness.

Refrain
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!
Oh, sing “Hallelujah!”
Join the chorus, sing with the redeemed:
“Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!”

Sermon (in three parts) – Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Indeed He is the Son of God! – Romans 1:4

  After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
  The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:1-6)

…and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 1:4)

Christ is risen!
Indeed he is the Son of God!

Awake, My Heart, with Gladness – CW 443

1 Awake, my heart, with gladness –
    see what today is done!
Now, after gloom and sadness,
    comes forth the glorious sun.
My Savior there was laid
where our bed must be made
    when to the realms of light
    our spirit wings its flight.

2 The foe in triumph shouted
    when Christ lay in the tomb;
but lo, he now is routed,
    his boast is turned to gloom.
For Christ again is free;
in glorious victory
    he who is strong to save
    has triumphed o’er the grave.

3 This is a sight that gladdens –
    what peace it does impart!
Now nothing ever saddens
    the joy within my heart.
No gloom shall ever shake,
no foe shall ever take
    the hope which God’s own Son
    in love for me has won.

4 Now I will cling forever
    to Christ, my Savior dear.
My Lord will leave me never;
    with him I need not fear.
He rends death’s iron chain;
he breaks through sin and pain.
    He shatters hell’s dark thrall;
    I follow him through all.

5 He brings me to the portal
    that leads to bliss untold,
whereon this rhyme immortal
    is found in script of gold:
“Who there my cross has shared
finds here a crown prepared;
    who there with me has died
    shall here be glorified.”

Indeed Sins are Forgiven! – 1 Corinthians 15

  When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
  “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. (Mark 16:1-6)

  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:17, 20)

Christ is risen!
Indeed sins are forgiven!

He’s Risen, He’s Risen – CW 445

1 He’s risen, he’s risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord;
he opened death’s prison, the incarnate Word.
Break forth, hosts of heaven, in jubilant song
and earth, sea, and mountain, the praises prolong.

2 The foe was triumphant when on Calvary
the Lord of creation was nailed to the tree.
In Satan’s domain did the hosts shout and jeer,
for Jesus was slain, whom the evil ones fear.

3 But short was their triumph; the Savior arose,
and death, hell, and Satan he vanquished, his foes.
The conquering Lord lifts his banner on high;
he lives, yes, he lives, and will nevermore die.

4 O, where is your sting, death? We fear you no more;
Christ rose, and now open is fair Eden’s door.
For all our transgressions his blood does atone;
redeemed and forgiven, we now are his own.

5 Then sing your hosannas and raise your glad voice;
proclaim the blest tidings that all may rejoice.
Laud, honor, and praise to the Lamb that was slain:
with Father and Spirit he ever shall reign.

Indeed Eternal Life is Won! – John 11:25-26

  On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with 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; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. (Luke 24:1-8)

  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)

Christ is risen!
Indeed eternal life is won!

Psalm 118 – Sung by Choir and Congregation

Choir: I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Cong: I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Choir:
The Lord is my strength and my song; 
He has become my salvation.
The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; 
the Lord’s right hand has done many things.
I will not die but live, 
and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Cong: I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Choir:
I will not die but live, 
and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
I will give you thanks for you answered me, 
You have become my salvation.
I will not die but live, 
and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Cong: I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Choir:
The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; 
the Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes. 
This is the day the Lord has made; 
let us rejoice and be glad.
I will not die but live, 
and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Cong: I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Indeed Hope is Alive! – 1 Peter 1:3

  So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) (John 20:3-9)

  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3)

Christ is risen!
Indeed hope is alive!

Confession of Faith – I Know That My Redeemer Lives – CW 441

All
1 I know that my Redeemer lives!
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
he lives, my everliving head!

Men
2 He lives triumphant from the grave;
he lives eternally to save;
he lives all-glorious in the sky;
he lives exalted there on high.

Women
3 He lives to bless me with his love;
he lives to plead for me above;
he lives my hungry soul to feed;
he lives to help in time of need.

Men
4 He lives to grant me rich supply;
he lives to guide me with his eye;
he lives to comfort me when faint;
he lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

Women
5 He lives to silence all my fears;
he lives to wipe away my tears;
he lives to calm my troubled heart;
he lives all blessings to impart.

All
6 He lives, my kind, wise, heav’nly friend;
he lives and loves me to the end;
he lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing;
he lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

All
7 He lives and grants me daily breath;
he lives, and I shall conquer death;
he lives my mansion to prepare;
he lives to bring me safely there.

All
8 He lives, all glory to his name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!

Prayer of the Church

Jesus Christ, Lord of life and King of glory, you are our God. We trust in you and you have saved us. You are the Lord. We rejoice and are glad in your salvation.
We will not die but live. 
We will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Since you have swallowed up death with your victory, fill us with confidence that everything we face, we face with our triumphant Lord.
We will not die but live. 
We will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Lord, grant that we may be faithful witnesses of your resurrection, not only by word of mouth but in actions and truth, for your honor and glory.
We will not die but live. 
We will proclaim what the Lord has done.

You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. With the good news of your triumph, cheer those who struggle or are troubled with burdens of all kinds. You have given us all the victory in your resurrection.
We will not die but live. 
We will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Special prayers and intercessions may follow. 

Risen Lord Jesus Christ, this is the day in which you cleared away the darkness of sin, broke the bonds of death, and arose from the grave as a conqueror. In your wondrous love you gave yourself to redeem us, your servants. Preserve us in the peace and joy of this Easter happiness; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one living God, now and forever.
Amen.

Presentation of the Offering

Prayer

Almighty God, through your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, you overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. We humbly pray that we may live before you in righteousness and purity forever; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
  hallowed be your name,
  your kingdom come,
  your will be done
    on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
  as we forgive those
  who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
  and the glory are yours
  now and forever. Amen.

The Closing Words – 2 Timothy 2:8-13

  Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Here is a trustworthy saying:

If we died with him,
We will also live with him; 
 If we endure, 
 We will also reign with him. 
  If we disown him, 
  He will also disown us; 
  If we are faithless, 
  He will remain faithful, 
 For he cannot disown himself. 

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you.
  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
Amen.

Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen – CW 454

1 Alleluia! Jesus is risen!
    Trumpets resounding in glorious light!
Splendor, the Lamb, heaven forever!
    Oh, what a miracle God has in sight! (Refrain)

Refrain
Jesus is risen and we shall arise:
Give God the glory!  Alleluia!

2 Walking the way, Christ in the center
    telling the story to open our eyes;
breaking our bread, giving us glory:
    Jesus our blessing, our constant surprise. (Refrain)

3 Jesus the vine, we are the branches;
    life in the Spirit the fruit of the tree;
heaven to earth, Christ to the people,
    gift of the future now flowing to me. (Refrain)

Refrain
Jesus is risen and we shall arise:
Give God the glory!  Alleluia!

4 Weeping, be gone; sorrow, be silent:
    death put asunder, and Easter is bright.
Cherubim sing: “O grave, be open!”
    Clothe us in wonder, adorn us in light. (Refrain)

5 City of God, Easter forever,
    golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb,
river of life, saints and archangels,
    sing with creation to God the I AM! (Refrain)