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April 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Festival of The Resurrection of Our Lord

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Good morning and welcome to worship. Grace and peace to us from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Jesus Christ is risen today (457LSB)

1. Jesus Christ is risen 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 heavenly 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 heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia! 

Latin carol 14th century – sts 1-3 Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788); St 4 tr. Lyra Davidica

Opening Sentences:
I will sing to the Lord, because he has won a glorious victory.
The Lord is my strong defender; he is the one who has saved me.
His right hand is awesome in power;
it breaks the enemy in pieces.
Faithful to his promise, he led the people he had rescued;
by his strength he guided them to his sacred land.
He brings them in and plants them on his mountain,
the place that he has chosen for his home,
the temple that he himself has built.
The Lord will be king forever and ever.
(Exodus 15:1,2,6,13,17,18)

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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.
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, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence 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.

The Psalm:        Psalm 118:1,2,13,21,22,24,26; Antiphon Matt 28:6a,7b
Alleluia! Christ has risen, as he said.
He has risen from the dead. Alleluia!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”
I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone:
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
from the house of the Lord we bless you.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Alleluia! Christ has risen, as he said.
He has risen from the dead. Alleluia!

The Bible Readings:
First Reading – Acts 10:34-43
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Colossians 3:1-4
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Third Reading – Matthew 28:1-10
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Now the green blade rises (15ATN)

1.  Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many days had lain;
Love lives again, that with dead has been:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

2. In the grave they laid him, Love whom men had slain,
Thinking that he’d never wake to life again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

3. Up he sprang at Easter, like the risen grain,
He who had for three days in the gravecloth lain;
Up from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

4. When our hearts are saddened, grieving, or in pain,
By your touch you call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

John Macleod Campbell Crum 1872-1958 alt. © 1928 Oxford University Press  Tune: Nöel Nouvelet (French Carol)   CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209


Lord, I call to you for help.
In the morning I pray to you.
I am filled with praise for you,
and proclaim your glory all day long.
Close your eyes to my sins, and wipe away all my evil.
Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence;
do not take your holy spirit away from me.
Give me the joy that comes from your salvation,
and make me eager to please you.
Be gracious, Lord, this day,
and keep us free from sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord;
have mercy on us.
Let your goodness and love be with us,
as we put our hope in you.
Listen to my prayer, Lord,
and hear my cry for help.

The Offering:
We can pause and thank God for all his gifts to us and then offer ourselves and what we have to him.
Gracious Father, we offer with joy and thanks
what you have first given us – 
ourselves, our time and our possessions – 
as signs of your goodness and symbols of our love. 
Accept them for the sake of Jesus Christ, 
who offered himself for us. Amen.

The Prayers:
Let us pray that the results of Christ’s resurrection may be seen throughout the world.

After each petition you are invited to pray as follows:
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have protected me through the night from all harm and danger. I ask you to keep me this day, too, from all sin and evil, so that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may please you. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.

The Blessing:
Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven (477LSB)

1. Alleluia, alleluia!
Hearts to heaven and voices raise:
Sing to God a hymn of gladness,
sing to God a hymn of praise.
He, who on the cross a victim,
for the world’s salvation bled –
Jesus Christ, the King of glory,

now is risen from the dead.

2. Alleluia, Christ is risen!

Death at last has met defeat:
see the ancient pow’rs of evil
in confusion and retreat.
Once he died, and once was buried:
now he lives forever more,
Jesus Christ the world’s Redeemer,
whom we worship and adore. 

3. Alleluia, alleluia!
Glory be to God on high;
Alleluia! to the Saviour
who has gained the victory;
Alleluia! to the Spirit,
fount of love and sanctity:
Alleluia, alleluia!
to the Triune Majesty.

Words: Christopher Wordsworth (1807 – 1885) v.1,3; V.2 revised Jubilate Hymns Ltd.  Music: Hymn to Joy Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827).