Easter Sunday Service, April 4, 2021

GATHERING

The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

Prelude song 

O Praise the name 

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THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

In the name of the Father,

and of the ☩ Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,

we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,

for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters

and by your Word you created the world,

calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.

Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.

At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.

By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons,

making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,

and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.

Shower us with your Spirit,

and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.

To you be given honor and praise

through Jesus Christ our Lord

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Amen.

SONG

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia!

1        Christ the Lord is ris’n today; Alleluia!

        Christians, hasten on your way; Alleluia!

        offer praise with love replete, Alleluia!

        at the paschal victim’s feet. Alleluia!

2        For the sheep the Lamb has bled, Alleluia!

        sinless in the sinner’s stead. Alleluia!

        Christ the Lord is ris’n on high; Alleluia!

        now he lives, no more to die. Alleluia!

3        Christ, the victim undefiled, Alleluia!

        God and sinners reconciled, Alleluia!

        when contending death and life, Alleluia!

        met in strange and awesome strife. Alleluia!

4        Christians, on this holy day, Alleluia!

        all your grateful homage pay; Alleluia!

        Christ the Lord is ris’n on high; Alleluia!

        now he lives, no more to die. Alleluia!

Text: attr. Wipo of Burgundy, d. c. 1050; tr. Jane E. Leeson, 1807-1882, alt.

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GREETING

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

KYRIE

Kyrie eleison

Refrain

Kyrie eleison, on our world and on our way.

Kyrie eleison, ev’ry day.

1        For peace in the world, for the health of the church, for the unity of all;

        for this holy house, for all who worship and praise,

        let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord.

Refrain

Kyrie eleison, on our world and on our way.

Kyrie eleison, ev’ry day.

3        For peace in our hearts, for peace in our homes, for friends and family;

        for life and for love, for our work and our play,

        let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord.

Refrain

Kyrie eleison, on our world and on our way.

Kyrie eleison, ev’ry day.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. 

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.

WORD

God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 25:6–9, NRSV (At the Pulpit)

A reading from Isaiah.

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:6–9, NRSV)

PSALM: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

1Give thanks to the Lord, for the | Lord is good;

  God’s mercy en- | dures forever.

2Let Israel | now declare,

  “God’s mercy en- | dures 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. R

18The Lord indeed pun- | ished me sorely,

  but did not hand me o- | ver 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 righ- | teous may enter.”

21I give thanks to you, for you have | answered me

  and you have become | my salvation. R

22The stone that the build- | ers 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. R

SECOND READING: Acts 10:34-43

A reading from Acts.

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.”

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

1        Alleluia! Jesus is risen!

        Trumpets resounding in glorious light!

        Splendor, the Lamb, heaven forever!

        Oh, what a miracle God has in sight!

Refrain

        Jesus is risen and we shall arise.

        Give God the glory! Alleluia!

GOSPEL: John 20:1-18

The holy gospel according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.” (John 20:1–18, NRSV)

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

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MESSAGE

SONG

Now the Green Blade Rises

1        Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,

        wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;

        love lives again, that with the dead has been;

        love is come again like wheat arising green.

2        In the grave they laid him, love by hatred slain,

        thinking that he would never wake again;

        laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen;

        love is come again like wheat arising green.

3        Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,

        he that for three days in the grave had lain;

        raised from the dead, my living Lord is seen;

        love is come again like wheat arising green.

4        When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,

        your touch can call us back to life again,

        fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been;

        love is come again like wheat arising green.

Text: John MacLeod Campbell Crum, 1872-1958

Text from Oxford Book of Carols © Oxford University Press 1928. All rights reserved

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CREED

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.


*Or, “who proceeds from the Father.” The phrase “and the Son” is a later addition to the creed.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.

Praise to you for your power revealed in the resurrection! Fill your church with the power of your love that is stronger than death. Send us to tell the good news wherever death holds sway. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Praise to you for your life at work in the resurrection! Fill all of creation with your life. Bring it to blossom and flourish; use it to remind us of your persistent grace. Cultivate our care for what you have made. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Praise to you for the peace made possible in the resurrection! Fill the nations with your peace. Draw together people of all nations and languages; reveal new possibilities and inspire new beginnings. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Praise to you for the hope of the resurrection! Fill all in need with hope: those who are afraid or confused, those who are sick or suffering, those who are dying, and those who grieve (especially). Assure them of your promises. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Praise to you for the joy of your resurrection! Fill this assembly with joy as we are called your beloved in baptism. Multiply that joy so that we share it at home, at work, and in our community. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Praise to you for your faithfulness revealed in the resurrection! Fill us with trust, that we join with (Benedict the African and) all who have gone before us in proclaiming: “your mercy endures forever!” Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In the hope of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

MEAL

God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray.

God of mercy and grace, the eyes of all wait upon you, and you open your hand in blessing. Fill us with good things at your table, that we may come to the help of all in need, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord.

Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

PREFACE

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord

        Holy, holy, holy Lord,

        God of pow’r and might,

        heaven and earth are full of your glory, full of your glory.

        Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

        Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

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

        Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

        Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Text: “Sanctus,” tr. English Language Liturgical Consultation

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

Holy God, you alone are holy, you alone are God.

The universe declares your praise:

beyond the stars; beneath the sea;

within each cell; with every breath.

We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness:

through the water; by night and day;

across the wilderness; out of exile; into the future.

We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:

at the heart of human life; near to those who suffer;

beside the sinner; among the poor; with us now.

We thank you, O God.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering his love for us on the way, at the table, and to the end,

we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:

in our gathering; within this meal;

among your people; throughout the world.

Blessing, praise, and thanks to you, holy God, through Christ Jesus,

by your Spirit, in your church, without end.

Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.

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.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Amen.

COMMUNION SONG

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray.

Gracious God, in this meal you have drawn us to your heart, and nourished us at your table with food and drink, the body and blood of Christ. Now send us forth to be your people in the world, and to proclaim your truth this day and evermore, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

SENDING

God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Our Church Office will be closed Monday, April 5, for Easter Monday
  • A Grief Support Group has started up here at the Church, they meet Tuesday evenings. Please contact Tyler at the Church Office or Deb Bergstrom for more information.
  • Starting next Sunday at 10:45, a group will be meeting over Zoom to discuss the issue of race in American History. Some local history experts will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate discussion. Contact Tyler at the Church Office to register for the event.
  • We would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Holy Week services happen, from those who manned the Sound Booth to our ushers and communion setup team to our wonderful musicians and those who came to the Church to get it ready for services. Let’s give them a round of applause.

BLESSING

The God of steadfastness and encouragement

grant you to live in harmony with one another,

in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Amen.

The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

The God of all grace ☩ bless you now and forever.

Amen.

SONG

Lift High the Cross

Refrain

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adore his sacred name.

1        Come, Christians, follow where our captain trod,

        our king victorious, Christ, the Son of God.  

Refrain

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adore his sacred name.

2        All newborn servants of the Crucified

        bear on their brows the seal of him who died.

Refrain

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adore his sacred name.

3        O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,

        as thou hast promised, draw us all to thee.  

Refrain

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adore his sacred name.

4        So shall our song of triumph ever be:

        praise to the Crucified for victory!

Refrain

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adore his sacred name.

        Text: George W. Kitchin, 1827-1912; rev. Michael R. Newbolt, 1874-1956

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DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

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