Easter Sunday Service



It's right, it's, I can't think of a better one. Good morning.
Yep. Christ is risen.
I would like to welcome you all to Kongsvinger Lutheran Church for our celebration of the resurrection of Christ.
Today we'll be following the order of divine service setting two. The psalm tone today will be
A as in Alleluia. And I don't think you guys will mind if we get started a minute early, right?
You guys aren't going to complain, been here for a while this morning. So if you're present physically here at Kongsvinger, please rise for the opening hymn.
Christ is risen. In the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
Let us then confess our sins to God our Father. Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean.
We have sinned against you and thought word and deed by what we have done and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We justly deserve your present and eternal punishment for the sake of your son,
Jesus Christ. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name, amen.
Almighty God in his mercy has given his son to die for you and for his sake he forgives you all of your sins.
As a called and ordained servant of Christ and by his authority, I therefore forgive you all of your sins.
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen. He is risen, alleluia.
Remember how he told you, alleluia. Oh Lord, our
Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.
You have set your glory. Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands. Oh Lord, our
Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.
Glory be 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.
He is risen, alleluia. Why did you speak the lame?
Remember how he told you, alleluia. At the
Son of Man. In peace let us pray to the
Lord. For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the
Lord. For the peace of the whole world, for the well -being of the
Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the
Lord. For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the
Lord. Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
This is the feast of victory for our
God, alleluia. The Lord be with you.
Let us pray. Almighty God, the
Father, through your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, you have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us.
Grant that we who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord's resurrection may be raised from the death of sin by your life -giving
Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen. You may be seated. The Old Testament reading for the resurrection of our
Lord is taken from the book of Job, chapter 19. O that my words were written,
O that they were inscribed in a book! Or that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth, and after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh
I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold and not another.
My heart faints within me. This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
We'll speak the gradual. This is the day that the Lord has made. O give thanks to the
Lord, for He is good. The epistle is taken from 1
Corinthians, chapter 5. Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
Cleanse out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our
Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
This is the word of the Lord. The Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark, the 16th chapter.
When the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another,
Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb? And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back.
It was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe.
And they were alarmed. And he said to them, Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He is risen. He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.
There you will see him, just as he told you. And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them.
And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. This is the gospel of the Lord. The sermon hymn is 458.
You may be seated. Christ is risen in the name of Jesus.
Death, we're all familiar with it. And unfortunately, it recently visited one of the congregations
I served. You all know Emanuel Lutheran Church in Radium, Minnesota. This past Friday was Good Friday.
I conducted a Tana Bray Good Friday service at Emanuel and then promptly finished up and drove as quick as I could to start it and do it again here at Kongsvinger.
When I arrived home, I received a phone call from Lane. And the phone call was terrible.
He announced and sadly was weeping, sharing the bad news that his wife had passed.
And if you know Diane, not knew, know, then you know she had great faith.
And Lane said some important words. He said it was a good day for someone to die in Christ on the day of his death.
But here's the thing. We're all familiar with death. It comes and visits us. You'll note that hardly anybody here has not had an experience with death.
We have people who are not here today at Kongsvinger because death has visited us.
I think of Reuben who passed recently, right? And others who used to fill these pews and whose voices we can hear singing these great hymns that we sing who are no longer with us.
And I would note in the ancient world, they were even more familiar with death than we are.
Think of it this way. We live in a world where there's birth control. Families are not as big as they used to be. And the infant mortality rate is not nearly what it used to be.
Back in Jesus's day, families were large, necessarily so.
But you'll note that many children died in their childhood. Infant mortality was high.
And death for children who would die of childhood diseases was also high. In fact, it was so bad of a situation when it came to death visiting human beings that 40 was about the average age that you could expect somebody to get to.
In fact, somebody like me who's almost 56, I mean, I would practically be considered like an octogenarian at this point.
Could you imagine going through a midlife crisis at 16? I mean, that's what we're talking about here.
And as a result of this, you're going to note the ancient world did not have morticians. You'll note we live in a world where when somebody dies, we call people.
And those people send people. And those people do things with our dead loved ones, preparing them for burial.
We don't do that. But in the ancient world, there was nobody to do that.
And so you'll note that when a child died, it was often the father and the mother who had to prepare that child's body for burial.
When a cousin or a loved one or a wife or a husband or a brother died, they had to prepare the body for burial.
Everybody was well acquainted with death. And we can see that well acquaintance with death in our gospel text today.
It says this, when the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James and Salome bought spices so they might go and anoint him.
They knew exactly what to do. And there was no YouTube at this time. Could you imagine a
YouTube channel dedicated to how to prepare your loved ones for burial? No, this was all skills that they learned on the job.
And so being familiar with death, they lived with it constantly. And very early on the first day of the week,
Sunday, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. Standard operating procedure.
They knew exactly what to do. They bought the right spices to do it. And they were off to do the task and to finish the job of giving
Jesus a proper Jewish burial. Which tells us this, they fully expected to find a corpse when they got there.
Because you'll note when it comes to death, death seems to be the undefeated reigning champion of the world.
And I don't mean that glibly. I mean, think of it this way. Think of the great empires of humanity's past.
Maybe take like the Roman Empire. You can talk about the Babylonians or maybe the Egyptian Empire, right?
And where are they now? They're all in the grave.
All of the Romans, all of the Caesars. They're all in the grave. Every Roman soldier of Christ's time, they're in the grave.
The Babylonian Empire not only doesn't exist anymore, everyone who was a citizen of it, everyone who was a magistrate in it, everybody who was a king or an emperor in it, they're all dead too.
Death is the undefeated reigning champion of humanity and it has destroyed every single ancient country, empire, kingdom, king, queen, citizen.
Who of us can say that we have a chance to stand against death when death comes knocking?
None of us can. In fact, the country that I grew up in, the reason why the country
I grew up in is gone is because so many of the people that I grew up with are gone as well, right?
There's only remnants of the world that I grew up in and the current world that you're living in, it's just a matter of time before it's in tatters and doesn't exist either because the next generation will come up and I don't know if I have any confidence in the generations coming up.
It seems like every generation coming up is just getting worse and worse by the minute, right? And so what's keeping us together right now won't be able to keep us together in the future because death will have its way.
It always does. We're very familiar with death. But our story then continues.
When they arrived, well, the stone was rolled away. They expected there to be a stone there and the stone was already rolled away.
And looking up, they saw that it was gone. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side dressed in a white robe and they were alarmed.
Which, by the way, this is standard operating procedure if you're ever in the presence of an angel. Alarm, fright, this is normal, okay?
Anyone who has a conversation with you and says, yeah, I had coffee with an angel yesterday and they weren't terrified, they're lying through their teeth, okay?
Or if they're a redneck, they're lying through their tooth. So you get the point, okay? So the angel, anticipating their alarm, said, do not be alarmed.
You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. I love the fact that from now on,
Christ is always the crucified. He's the one who is crucified, who's laid down his life so that you and I can be forgiven and pardoned of all of our sins.
Oh, this is a great way to remember Christ's great work. He forever is the crucified.
But the angel then announced, he's risen, he's not here. And this is where a new form of fright comes in.
We all know how to process death. We may not like the process of processing death, but we know how to process it.
I don't think any of us know how to process resurrection. In fact, the thought of resurrection is absolutely terrifying when you start to think it out, right?
This is why throughout all of the gospels, not just some of them, every one of them, everybody's terrified, experiencing all kinds of fright and anxiety in relation to what?
The resurrection. So this angel says, he's risen, he's not here.
See the place where they laid him? You can take a look for yourselves, ladies, if you want. But you go and tell his disciples and Peter.
Peter needs to have some assurance at this point because he has blundered and bungled it badly.
Says, you go and let Peter know also that he's going for you to Galilee. There you will see him just as he told you.
And they went out, and listen to how this gospel text ends. They fled from the tomb for trembling and astonishment had seized them.
And they said nothing to anyone for they were afraid. But here's the thing.
They weren't afraid of death. We all know that fear.
This is something completely different. Fearful of life.
Why? Because life isn't a concept. It's not an abstract philosophical thesis.
Jesus is the resurrection and the life. And you're going to note then having a proper fear of Jesus is a good thing.
If you are an impenitent sinner, oh, for sure you're going to have fear of Jesus. But the wrong kind.
The wrong kind of fear is the kind of fear that cringes and goes, ah, please don't punish me.
Right? That's not the fear of faith. The fear of faith is shock and awe.
And so these women left trembling for fear and astonishment had seized them. Why? Because the unexpected has happened.
Something we've never even heard of. Death has been defeated. It's been punched in the face and knocked out.
And Christ himself has escaped it alive. And he's come back. And it's like, oh, whoa.
What are we to make of this? But that's the thing. You're going to have to get used to living, by the way.
I just, I'm just saying that you Christians, you know, we're used to this dying thing. We live in the valley of the shadow of death.
We've got to get used to this life thing. I think to the other gospel accounts, man, they are fantastic.
And kind of teasing out this theme about fear of the living Jesus, fear of life.
In the gospel of Matthew, in his account, I would note that when we see what happens when the report gets back to the chief priest, you know, the guys, the henchmen who's kind of concoct the whole scheme to have
Jesus crucified. Everything that they do is screaming fear.
So consider the report. Matthew reports for us in his gospel, chapter 28, that while the women were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priest all that had taken place.
Boy, there's a lot that you can pack into that sentence or unpack from it. I mean, think about this for a second here.
You have a guard set at a tomb. Did the chief priests and scribes think for a second that Christ was going to rise from the dead?
No way. They didn't think he was going to rise from the dead. In fact, they were counting on the fact that he wouldn't rise from the dead and that he was a complete liar and a lunatic when he said that he was going to rise from the dead.
And the weird bit is that although the disciples didn't understand what Jesus meant that he was going to rise from the dead, his enemies knew full well what that meant.
And so what did they do? They posted a guard of soldiers at the tomb to do what?
To keep Jesus from rising from the dead? Nope, they don't think he was coming back. They did that because they thought the disciples were going to be valiant and come and steal his body and tell everyone he had risen from the dead, which makes no sense.
But then the unexpected happened. You know, Christ rose from the dead.
And an angel appeared and rolled the stone away. And what does the text tell us about what happened to the soldiers who were on guard that morning when the angel showed up?
They fell on the ground like dead men. They're all like a bunch of dog turds all over the ground over there.
You know what? And this angel just completely just obliterated them with his presence.
And they were just dead like corpses on the ground. They were so afraid of what was going on.
So now be one of these Roman soldiers and you have to go and report back what has happened.
Here's the thing. In this particular situation, their necks are on the line.
So they've got to report everything that took place as it occurred. And so there's not one guy showing up.
There's going to be an entire little regiment and they're all going to be showing up with their hats in their hands going, there's a problem.
What's the problem? Well, you know, Jesus rose from the dead.
What? Yeah, there was an angel and he rolled away the stone. Oh man, and it just totally like, we became like dead people.
And we're still shaken from the experience. Okay, that's how this report's going down, right?
Okay. So no, where's all the fear? The fear is over the one who's alive.
And in their case, it's not a good fear. So emergency council meeting on Sunday morning.
Okay, this is an emergency. And the text says that the chief priests assembled the elders and they took council together.
How did that church council meeting go? I mean, work this out.
Okay, so we thought we got rid of Jesus. Turns out we didn't.
Okay, we thought, you know, there we were Friday night thinking we've done a good job. Good riddance.
Jesus, no problem. Well, we've got a problem. He came back. And you can see somebody going, we've got to figure out how to get ahead of this.
Spin control. Let's weave a false narrative, you know. Yeah, yeah.
Okay, so what are we going to do? Well, why don't we tell the soldiers to tell them, tell everybody that the disciples came and stole the body while they were sleeping.
They're not allowed to sleep on duty. We'll pay them money. Okay, okay.
These are the actions of people in a panic, right? Because even their story doesn't make any sense.
Imagine you're a soldier number one. You've been paid a large sum of money and told, here's what you need to do.
If anyone asks you what happened, everyone knows you were there. You say, I was asleep and the disciples stole the body.
So soldier number one tries this thing out. Somebody says, weren't you one of the soldiers on duty there?
Yep, I was there. Well, what happened? Well, we fell asleep. You what? You fell, and you're still alive?
Yeah, well, you know, it was, it was a mistake. Well, what happened while you were asleep? Well, while we were asleep, the disciples came and stole the body.
Well, how do you know they stole the body? Because you were asleep. Did you see it? Uh, no.
Well, then how do you know? Uh, because, because reasons. Right?
The whole thing is just filled with panic. Fear over the risen
Christ. We don't have a category to deal with dead people who've come back from the grave.
That would be a little awkward at dinner, don't you think? If somebody showed up, could you imagine? You know, it's like one of the graves pops open over here and somebody shows up for dinner tonight at your, at your house.
Everyone would be like, right? Now you're starting to see it.
And the disciples, they're no better. They are no better. Gospel of Luke, Jesus actually shows up in their midst.
It says this, that while the disciples were talking after the women had given them the report, Jesus himself stood among them and said, peace to you.
But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a ghost. They don't have a category for it, do they?
No, not yet. And so Jesus said to them, why are you troubled? Why do doubts rise in your hearts?
Oh, I can think of a thousand of them right now. It's like, um, nobody's ever come back from the grave.
We don't have a policy and a procedure to work this out. Okay. We need to talk with HR.
Could you like sit over there, Jesus? While we, we, we need to make sure this is okay on the level. Okay.
You'll note that everybody gets a death certificate. There's no resurrection certificate.
And does the government need to sign off on any resurrections? There's all kinds of rules and regulations.
Then it comes to how you handle a dead body and how you properly bury them and what you can't do after they're buried and stuff like this.
But what happens if they come back from the grave? All the rules are out the window because nobody has written rules like this.
Because no one's come back except for Christ. And that's the thing that stands out.
So Jesus says, why are you troubled? Why are doubts arising in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet. It is
I. It's myself. Touch me. See a spirit. A ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.
And when they had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, have you anything here to eat?
Now, contrary to the lore created by ghost busters, ghosts don't eat.
And that's part of the point that Jesus is making. Do you have something to eat? They gave him a piece of a broiled fish.
He took it and ate it in front of them. You sure he's not a ghost? Right? Fear, fearful of life itself.
And I got to tell you, I think that's what people are really afraid of.
The reason why they fear death is because deep down inside, every one of us knows that we're all going to be raised from the dead.
I want you to think about this. We confess Jesus is going to return in glory to judge the living and the dead.
And at his return, it is the general resurrection. Everybody raised from the dead.
But here's the thing. Not everybody is raised from the dead to eternal life. Some are raised from the dead and they live a life in hell for eternity.
That's the thing that we all fear. I know it seems weird when you think about it, but you got to kind of push past the facade of death because death has been blown out by Christ and get to the real heart of the matter.
What do people fear? They fear Jesus and they fear living forever in hell. But because of what
Christ has done for us, none of us have to experience that. And we are here to celebrate the victory of Christ.
You'll note that his resurrection from the grave sent everybody into a panic, including his disciples, because we don't have a way of processing this.
But his victory over the grave proves a few things. One, that his sacrifice on the cross for our sins was accepted by God.
We can now say with confidence we are forgiven. How do we know that? Because Christ rose from the dead.
If we just said, well, he was sacrificed and he died and we believe his sacrifice was for the forgiveness of our sins, but his death, he stayed dead just like anybody else, could we even have any confidence at all that we are forgiven?
Of course not. Because he has risen from the dead, we have absolute confidence that we are forgiven.
And now we are reconciled to the Father. And more importantly, we are also confident that because Christ has risen from the dead, as the scripture says, when we were baptized into Christ, we were baptized into his death and into his resurrection.
And as a result of it, when he returns, we also will be raised to life and we will live forever.
We can say we have this with confidence. But the other thing that we can say also is that everyone who has gone before us in the faith, that we will be reunited with them.
I think back now to Diane Leslie. Their family gathered at the family home, waiting for the authorities to show up in order to process her body.
And so her children were there and her grandchildren, and they all got to see her corpse.
And one of her grandsons said, that's okay, she'll be back in a couple of days. You know what, though?
He's not wrong. He's just not wrong. Because that's the truth.
Christ will bring her back with him when he returns. And we can have that confidence because Christ himself has conquered death.
See, there's so much here that the resurrection of Christ is everything. And Easter then is truly the high, holy day of Christianity.
A good Friday being our day of atonement, but Easter Sunday being the proof that that atonement was accepted by God.
And so our confidence now is in Christ, and it's a good confidence. And I would like to point out, our
Old Testament text, there's something amazing about it. In the Old Testament text, we heard the words,
I know that my Redeemer lives. We know those words.
In fact, those words are put to music, okay? We all know the tune. I know that my
Redeemer lives, right? You know the song. But I want you to consider something here for a second.
Who wrote those words? Was it the
Apostle John? Matthew? Mark? The Apostle Paul?
No, it was a fellow by the name of Job. Do you know anything about Job, except for that he suffered? Do you know how old this book is?
And this is where it gets weird. Read the scholars on this. The scholars are almost unified in their belief that the book of Job predates anything written by Moses, and that the time period that is covered in the book of Job is sometime after the flood and before Abraham is born.
Work that out. If that's the case, and I think there's a good reason to believe it's the case, especially if you read
Hebrew, because when you read that Hebrew, it bends your brain in half because of how archaic it is. You ever read
Beowulf, okay, in the Old English? Yeah, it's a little bit of work.
Job is kind of like that when you read it in Hebrew. So note then, there's something going on here.
Who did he learn this theology from? Where did he get this idea?
Listen to the words. I know that my Redeemer lives. Job, by saying that, is confessing he needs a
Redeemer. And what is one of them? A Redeemer is somebody who pays that super exorbitant price that it costs to take a slave and not merely purchase them, but purchase their freedom.
And to say that I know that my Redeemer lives is a direct allusion to the fact that Christ was crucified, died, and was buried.
The resurrection is right there implied in this text. And I think back to Queen Elizabeth's funeral, fascinating funeral, fascinating funeral.
So if you remember, you got those military guys, that honor guard, they're pallbearers, they're bringing her coffin into Westminster Abbey.
They've just taken it off the carriage, and they marched it up the stairs, and as soon as her coffin crossed the threshold into Westminster Abbey, the choir begins to sing.
And these are the words they sing. I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has thus been destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God. They sing it beautifully with those male sopranos and their high flying voices that just sound like they're bouncing off the ceilings.
And I'm sitting there going, whoa, that's quite the confession.
And then when you heard the sermon delivered at her funeral by the Archbishop of Canterbury, he spoke explicitly about Queen Elizabeth's hope in the resurrection and her belief in Christ, and told everybody there that she was going to rise from the dead when
Christ returns. Anyway, I sit there and go, that's just standard Christian stuff.
Well, it turns out when I was watching it, I was watching it on a news channel from the UK, it wasn't the
BBC, I forget the name of it. And they were broadcasting live on YouTube. And so when the funeral was done and they took her coffin and put it back on the carriage and they were marching her off to a hearse to drive her to her final resting place, then they had these news people discussing their thoughts on the funeral and stuff like this.
And some blonde chick kind of chimes in and she goes, I have a question. Well, what is it?
Did Queen Elizabeth really believe that? Believe what?
That she was going to rise from the dead. And one of the other guys said, well, yes, of course, that's what
Christians believe. And she was a Christian. And she said, I had no idea.
She was blown away by the thought that Christians would dare to have a hope that we would be raised from the grave.
But yet it was there confessed and sung as her coffin comes into Westminster Abbey.
I know that my Redeemer lives. Job, the oldest of the
Old Testament old guys says, I know that my Redeemer lives. And at the last he will stand upon the earth.
He's confessing here the second coming of Christ in the oldest of the
Old Testament books. But listen to this defiant confession of his.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh
I shall see God. I would note Job's been dead for a while. Like if he's really one of the oldest of the
Old Testament old guys, he's been dead for a long, long, long time.
I mean, he perished, what, in the generation of the second generation after the flood. I mean, that's kind of long ago.
And yet he says that after his skin has been thus destroyed yet in my flesh,
I will see God. He's confessing his own resurrection here. How did he learn that? Who told him this?
How can this possibly be in the Old Testament and the oldest of the Old Testament books?
Because that's always been the Christian faith. This is the faith of Noah.
This is the faith of Adam. This is the faith of Enoch. This is the faith of the patriarchs pre -flood.
This has always been what we've believed, taught, and confessed. This has always been what
God has revealed to us. Why should we be shocked that we see it here?
And then listen. So after my skin has thus been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God, whom
I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold and not another. And then listen to his reaction to this.
My heart faints within me. There's that fear again. Fearful of life.
So brothers and sisters, let us embrace a good godly fear of life.
We are in good company when we do so. But let us not cower like the soldiers and the chief priests and come up with stupid ideas and false narratives and fake news regarding the resurrection of Christ.
Let us instead hold on to that fear, shock, and awe, and astonishment, and know this then.
Because he is risen from the dead, we can confess exactly what Job says. In great defiance of death.
Oh death, do your worst on me, by the way. You're not going to succeed because Jesus has promised us that everyone who believes in him will never taste death.
So go ahead and set the table, death. I'm not eating any of it. And neither are you.
Because I fear life. I fear the one who is life. And the thought of it even causes my heart to faint within me.
In the name of Jesus, amen. We rise to confess our faith in the words of the
Nicene Creed. I believe in one
God, the father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, begotten of his father before all worlds,
God of God, light of light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the father by whom all things were made, who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the
Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried. And the third day he rose again, according to the scriptures, and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the father.
And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the father and the son, who with the father and the son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy, Christian, apostolic church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the resurrection and life of the world to come, the whole church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
Almighty God, you kept your promise and delivered up your own son to be our savior.
By his sacrificial death, our sins are forgiven. And by his rising again, we have the hope of everlasting life.
Keep us in this holy joy throughout the Easter season and all of our daily lives, that we may not fear our enemies nor give in to the temptation of despair in our days of trouble.
Lord, in your mercy. You have brought us to this new day of hope and joy through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Hinder the enemies of your gospel, that this Easter message may be proclaimed to all people in every place and bring many to faith.
Lord, in your mercy. Bless Joseph, our president, and all who make and administer our laws.
We humbly ask that you would frustrate the forces of evil in our midst and do not let our leaders cooperate with them or further their goals.
Guard our armed forces as they stand. Watch for us at home and abroad and let them serve with honor and integrity.
Lord, in your mercy. Sick, any and those in need.
Victoria, Gerald, Cricket, Emma, John, and Kevin.
We pray for Judy, Angie, and Chuck. For Jana, Noah, Deb, Zach, Shaylin, Mila, Mia, Miranda, and Katie.
And also we pray for the family of Patti Solem as they mourn the loss of their loved one.
We ask, Lord, that let the let the dawning light of the new creation in Christ sustain those whom we've prayed for in faith according to your will.
And grow the very Christ. Lord, in your mercy. Victory fixed as he shares it with us from this altar.
In the eating of his true body and the drinking of his precious blood and faith, overcome our sin by his forgiveness and swallow up our death in his life, that we may be glad and in your mercy.
We praise your holy name, O Lord, for all of your servants who have departed this life in faith.
We pray that you will not abandon us to Sheol, but that when we awaken in the resurrection of all flesh, your presence will give us joy.
Lord, in your mercy. We join today in singing eternal Alleluia's with innumerable angels in festal gathering with the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven.
Petitions before you, dear Father, trusting in your mercy through Jesus Christ, your son, our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.
Amen. We sing the offertory.
The Lord be with you. Lift up your hearts.
Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God. It is truly good, right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, holy
Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, and most especially are we bound to praise you on this day for the glorious resurrection of your son,
Jesus Christ, the very Paschal Lamb who has sacrificed for us and bore the sins of the world.
By his dying, he has destroyed death and by his rising again, he has restored to us everlasting life.
Therefore, with Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, with all the witnesses of the resurrection with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and saying.