Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Holy Communion on Easter Day, April 17, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

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OPENING MUSIC                                 

        Welcome, Happy Morning - Charles Ore


Choir                                                                                                Spring Bursts Today                         Text/ Christina Rosetti; Music/ Sam Batt Owens


Spring bursts today,

for Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play.

Flash forth the sun, the rain is over and gone, its work is done.

Winter is past, sweet spring is come at last.

Break forth this morning in roses,

thou but yesterday a thorn.

Sing, creatures, sing, angels and birds and everything.


Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen

I.        David Johnson

II.   David Cherwien



Alleluia!  Jesus Is Risen                         Blue WOV 674


The text of this hymn may not be reproduced here.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

  He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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.



 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, so that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




The women ran to tell the good news to the disciples.

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.



FIRST READING           Acts 10:34-43


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.”


The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.



Psalm for Easter                       Text/ Psalm 118; Music/ C. Alexander Peloquin


Choir sings antiphon

ALL sing antiphon, then where indicated in text.


This is the day the Lord     has  made;          we will re-joice and be glad.


Organ Introduction



Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever.

Let the house of Israel say, “His mercy endures forever.” Amen.



The right hand of the Lord has struck with power.

The right hand of the Lord is exalted.

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. Amen.



The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

By the Lord has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. Amen.



Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!            


SECOND READING    1 Corinthians 15:19-26


19If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. 21For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; 22for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 23But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death.


The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.



Romans 6:9; Psalm 118:24                                       Setting by Walter L. Pelz

Alleluia. Christ being raised from the dead will die no more; death has no more dominion over him. This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Alleluia.


Gospel             Luke 24:1-12

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.

1On the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8Then they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.


The Gospel of the Lord.


Praise to you, O Christ.


Choir Anthem                                                                                  Praise the Savior

Text/ Venantius Honorius Fortunatus (530-603)

Music/ Paul D. Weber


Praise the Savior, now and ever;

   Praise him all beneath the skies;

Come before him and adore him,

   God’s own perfect sacrifice;

Victory gaining, life obtaining,

   Now in glory see him rise!


Day of gladness! Gone is sadness;

  Christ has bruised the serpent’s head;

Death no longer is the stronger;

  Hell itself is captive led.

Christ our Savior lives forever;

  O’er the tomb his light is shed.


Anthems glorious, hymns victorious,

  Rise we to our paschal King.   

Bonds are broken, heaven is open;

  Sing, O ransomed mortals, sing!

Christ is risen from death’s prison,

  Healing in his wings to bring.


Earth rejoices, all its voices

  Glory to the Father sing!

Praise the Savior, laud him ever,

  Son of God, our Lord and King!

Praise the Spirit, through Christ’s merit

  Life eternal see him bring!



Sermon                                                                                           Pastor Frontz                                                                                                


W Hymn of the DaY                             

                                Welcome, Happy Morning    Green LBW 153              

     1      “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say;

        “Hell today is vanquished, heav’n is won today!”

        Christ, once dead, is living, God forevermore!

        Him, their true creator, all his works adore.

        “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.


2      Maker and redeemer, life and health of all,

        God from heav’n beholding human nature’s fall,

        you, the true and only Son of God above,

        died as mortal man to save us by your love.

        “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.


3      Source of all things living, you came down to die,

        plumbed the depths of hell to raise us up on high.

        Come then, true and faithful; come, fulfill your word;

        this is your third morning: rise, O buried Lord!

        “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.


4     Free the souls long prisoned, bound with Satan’s chain;

        all that once had fallen raise to life again;

        show your face in brightness, shine in ev’ry land

        as in Eden’s garden when the world began.

        “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.


Text: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus, 530-609; tr. John Ellerton, 1826-1893, adapt.                                          


The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in the words of the Nicene Creed.


X At the words ‘For us and for our salvation,’ and continuing through ‘and was made man,’ a solemn bow is appropriate to praise the incarnation of our Lord.


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.

X For us and for our salvation

                                he came down from heaven;

                                by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,   and was made man. X

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.

                With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

                He 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





Rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord, let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


A brief silence is kept.


God our Father, your Son rose triumphant from death and made this the day of new creation and of victory. We thank you for the new life given to us in Christ. Continually renew in us the joy of resurrection. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Your Son rose triumphant from death, and the women ran to bear the tidings to his chosen apostles. Grant that your Church may proclaim the good news in word and deed to all the people of the world. Empower us to be witnesses to the resurrection. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Your Son rose triumphant from death, and all rulers, authorities, and powers are now made subject to him. Bless our elected leaders and all who work for the public good, and help them to seek your will and serve faithfully in their offices. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Your Son rose triumphant from death and made sure the promise of the new world, free from war, pestilence, and want. Give us signs of that new world in our troubled times. Come to the aid of the poor and the ill in body, mind, and spirit. Restrain the violent, lift up the lowly, and give peace in our world, in our homes, and in our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Your Son rose triumphant from death and commanded us to pray in his name for our needs and the needs of others. We pray in faithful confidence for the forgiveness of our sins, for strength in suffering, and in thanksgiving for all your mercies. We bring before you the godly desires of our hearts and the needs of those who have asked for our prayers.


The pastor reads the names submitted for prayer.

The people may offer spoken or silent petitions.


Lord, in your mercy,                                                         

  hear our prayer.

Your Son rose triumphant from death, and in him we put our hope, not only for this life but also for the life to come. We give thanks for all the faithful ones who have trusted in him; for Mary his Mother, for Mary Magdalene and her companions, for the apostles and all the saints, together with those most dear to us who now rest in you. Bring us to the day when we will celebrate the resurrection with them in glory. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.




The peace of the Lord be with you always.   

  And also with you.


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.



OFFERTORY 1 Corinthians 5:7-8                       Setting by Walter L. Pelz

Alleluia. Cleanse out the old yeast to make yourselves fresh dough, new unleavened bread! For Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed.  Therefore let us celebrate the feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.



Almighty Father, creator of all,

you wash away our sins and give us new birth by the Spirit

by the redemption of the blood of Christ.

In this time of rejoicing,

renew your gift of life within us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.




  It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever-living God.

  But chiefly we are bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Lord; for he is the true Passover Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who by his death has destroyed death, and by his rising has brought us to eternal life.

  And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon.


You are indeed holy, O God, the fountain of all holiness;

  you bring light from darkness, life from death,

  speech from silence.

We worship you for our lives and for the world you give us.

We thank you for the new world to come

  and for the love that will rule all in all.


We praise you for the grace shown to Israel, your chosen,

  the people of your promise:

  the rescue from Egypt, the gift of the promised land,

  the memory of the fathers, the homecoming from exile,

  and the prophets' words that will not be in vain.

In all this we bless you for your only-begotten Son,

  who fulfilled and will fulfill all your promises.


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.


For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,

  we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


Therefore, O God, with this bread and cup

  we remember the incarnation of your Son:

  his human birth and the covenant he made with us.

We remember the sacrifice of his life:

  his eating with outcasts and sinners,

  and his acceptance of death.



But chiefly on this day we remember his rising from the tomb,

  his ascension to the seat of power,

  and his sending of the holy and life-giving Spirit.

We cry out for the resurrection of our lives,

  when Christ will come again in beauty and power

  to share with us the great and promised feast.

  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.


Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,

  that we and all who share in this bread and cup

  may be united in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

  may enter the fullness of the kingdom of heaven,

  and may receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.

  Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.


Join our prayers with those of your servants

  of every time and every place,

  and unite them with the ceaseless petitions

  of our great high priest until he comes as victorious Lord of all.



In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.


Christ is in our midst.

                By the power of the Spirit,

                we pray to his Father, saying:


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                                    Matthew 6:9-15


Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

  Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!

We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.






Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


Please come forward, take a communion cup from the tray, and kneel at the altar rail on your ‘side’ of the worship space. Please make an effort to leave some distance between your family unit and the next family unit. When your side has finished communing, please place your empty cup in the tray provided.





Christ the Lord Is Risen

Text/ Margaret Rose, alt; Music/ Sam Batt Owens


Sing songs of joy today, your sweetest music raising,

from valleys far away lift up your voice in praising.

The Lord is risen today, to him all praise be given,

lift up your voice and say that Christ the Lord is risen.


Great Easter Day with joy without a cloud of sadness

for Christ has brought us gladness.

The Lord is risen today, to him all praise be given,

lift up your voice and say that Christ the Lord is risen.


No death can hold the Christians who believeth,

their faith is strong and bold and heaven their souls receiveth.

The Lord is risen today; to him all praise be given.

Sing songs of joy today, your sweetest music raising.


This Joyful Eastertide           Blue WOV 676


 This Joyful Eastertide


1      This joyful Eastertide,

        away with sin and sorrow!

        My love, the Crucified,

        has sprung to life this morrow.



        Had Christ, who once was slain,

        not burst his three-day prison,

        our faith had been in vain.

        But now has Christ arisen,

        arisen, arisen, arisen.


2      My flesh in hope shall rest

        and for a season slumber

        till trump from east to west

        shall wake the dead in number.  Refrain


3      Death's flood has lost its chill

        since Jesus crossed the river.

        Lover of souls, from ill

        my passing soul deliver.  Refrain


Text: George R. Woodward, 1848-1934


When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ

strengthen you and keep you in his grace.             






Pour out upon us the spirit of your love, O Lord,

and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Silence for meditation.



Almighty God, Father, X Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you now and forever.




Jesus Christ Is Risen Today                  Green LBW 151              


1      Jesus Christ is ris'n 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 heav'nly 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 heav'nly host, Alleluia!

        Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!


Text: Latin carol, 14th cent., sts. 1-3; tr. J. Walsh, Lyra Davidica, 1708, alt.; Charles Wesley, 1707-1788, st. 4



Alleluia! Christ is risen!

  He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

  Thanks be to God!





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