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Easter Sunday Online Worship - April 12, 2020
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
Preparations for Worship:
- Do your best to eliminate distractions like the phone, TV, etc.
- Worship actively! Whether you are by yourself or with others, try reading the parts of the service aloud (responses, lessons, and prayers). Try singing along with the hymns.
- This service is for children too. Help them participate. Ask those who have that ability to read a prayer or lesson aloud. Take a moment to describe what’s happening. Ask questions. Encourage little ones to draw what they are hearing while you all listen. Unlike our more typical Sunday worship at church, you can pause at any time for questions and discussion.
- Pause for a moment of quiet meditation. Then pray:
Heavenly Father, I have come to worship you. Draw near to me in your gracious Word, and assure me of your loving kindness. Curb my wandering thoughts, that with undivided attention I may hear your voice and speak your praise. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.
INVOCATION & RESPONSES
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
This is the day the Lord has made!
Let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24)
SONG – “Christ Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed!”
How can it be, the One who died,
Has born our sin through sacrifice
To conquer every sting of death?
Sing, sing hallelujah.
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!
Oh, sing hallelujah!
Join the chorus, sing with the redeemed:
“Christ is risen, he is risen indeed.”
Where doubt and darkness once had been,
They saw him and their hearts believed.
But blessed are those who have not seen,
Yet, sing hallelujah.
CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION
Upon the hill the cross now stands empty. Morning light breaks upon the tomb.
As we come before our God, humbled by our Savior’s sacrifice, let us confess our sins.
Heavenly Father, I humbly come before you. I confess that I am sinful in thought, word, and deed. Father, I am sorry for my sins. Yet I believe that for the sake of my Lord Jesus Christ, you will have mercy on me.
Upon this your sincere confession and by Christ’s command and authority, I assure you that all your sins are forgiven. The vacant cross and the empty grave are God’s signs to you that he has accepted the sacrifice of his one and only Son. Whoever believes this simple truth of Scripture has eternal life.
The Lord is gracious and righteous!
When I was in great need, he saved me. (Psalm 116:6)
I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the Lord has done. (Psalm 118:16)
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Almighty God, by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you conquered death and opened the gate to eternal life. Grant that we, who have been raised with him through baptism, may walk in newness of life and ever rejoice in the hope of sharing his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be dominion and praise now and forever.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY - Matthew 28:1-10
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 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. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
SONG – “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”
I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever-living Head!
He lives triumphant from the grave;
He lives eternally to save.
He lives all-glorious in the sky;
He lives exalted there on high.
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.
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!”
EPISTLE LESSON - 1 Corinthians 15:12-22
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
CONFESSION OF FAITH - The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
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PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Heavenly Father, God of grace, you have brought us into a new and living hope by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We marvel at the love you showed by your willingness to sacrifice your Son to pay for our sins.
We praise you for sending the true Life and Light into the world.
Lord Jesus, King of grace, you have filled our hearts with resurrection joy by your victory over sin, death, and the grave.
You have conquered the darkness and given us comfort and hope.
Special prayers and intercession may follow.
Dear Savior, we who are weary and burdened come to you for rest, knowing that because of your perfect redemption there is no condemnation for us. Take away our doubts and fears.
And renew in us each day the joy of our salvation. Amen.
Heavenly Father, hear our prayers the sake of him who is the firstborn of the dead and is now alive forever, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. It is in his name that we bring the prayer he taught his first disciples:
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.
Now may the glorious Father, who by his power raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, give you the Spirit of wisdom to know the hope to which he has called you. And may he preserve you in body, soul, and spirit until your own resurrection on the day of Christ Jesus. Let all God’s people say, “Amen!”
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
SONG – “In Christ Alone”
In Christ alone my hope is found.
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my all in all, Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone—who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones he came to save.
Till on that cross, as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on him was laid.
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground his body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as he stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me.
For I am his and he is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from his hand;
Till he returns or calls me home,
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.
Here is some additional music for your Easter celebration.