Very early on the first day of the week following Christ’s crucifixion, women followers of Jesus went to his tomb to anoint his body with spices. Wondering how they might remove the stone at the entrance of the tomb, they arrived only to see that the stone had been removed. They entered the tomb and saw a young man sitting to their right. Sensing their fear, the angel told them not to be alarmed, for Jesus whom they sought, had risen from the dead; he was not there. The angel commanded them to go and tell his disciples and Peter to return to Galilee, where he would appear to them. Jesus is risen – he is risen, indeed!
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
O God, who by your only-begotten Son has overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life, grant us, we ask you, that we who celebrate the solemnities of our Lord’s resurrection may by the renewing of your Spirit arise from the death of the soul; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ The Gelasian Sacramentary (Bright, p. 54)
Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, amen.
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.
Chronological Reading for the Day
Sunday: Pss. 12-17; 19-21
Chronological Holy Week Readings
Easter Sunday: Mark 16.1-8; Matt. 28.1-20; Luke 24.13-53; John 20.1-21.25
Lectionary Readings for Easter Morning
Psalm: Ps. 118.1-2, 14-24
Acts*: Acts 10.34-43
Gospel: Mark 16.1-8
NT: 1 Cor. 15.1-11
*During Eastertide, a reading from Acts is often substituted for the lesson from the Hebrew Bible.
Lectionary Readings for Easter Evening
Psalm: Ps. 114
OT: Isa. 25.6-9
Gospel: Luke 24.13-49
NT: 1 Cor. 5.6b-8
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Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and 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, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).
Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.
Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
~ Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)
Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
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. Amen.
~ Evangelical Lutheran Worship
(Conference of Bishops, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, p. 91)
Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Jesus of Nazareth, the one who was crucified, is no longer dead. He is risen, and risen, indeed!
Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
Easter is celebrated on the Sunday after Holy Week and joyfully affirms the resurrection of Christ (John 20). On Easter Sunday we celebrate our Lord’s rising from the dead. On the third day after his crucifixion, our Lord was raised from the dead in power and glory, verifying his identity as the Messiah of God, and confirming the complete victory won over sin, evil, and the devil on the Cross. He who was betrayed by his own disciple, crucified on a Roman Cross, and buried in a borrowed tomb, rose triumphantly from death to life through the power of God. “Christ
is risen! He is risen, indeed!
~ Don L. Davis, Sacred Roots: A Primer on the Great Tradition.
Wichita: TUMI Press, 2010. Loc. 1643, Kindle.
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
By This We Know Love, 1 John 3.16-24
Davis, Sacred Roots
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