Sunday, April 9, 2023

The Holy Communion on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023, 10:30 a.m.

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OPENING MUSIC                                Easter Chorale Preludes - J. S. Bach


I. Christ Lay in Death’s Fetters

II. Jesus Christ, Our Savior, Who Overcame Death                                                    

III. Christ Is Arisen                                                                                             

IV. The Holy Christ Has Arisen                                                                                             

V. The Noble Day Has Arrived                                                                                     

VI. Today the Son of God Triumphs



W ENTRANCE Hymn               

Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Alleluia!     Green LBW 128


 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.


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.


W HYMN OF PRAISE          C- All           I-High voices    II-Low Voices


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; rhrough Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




Jesus is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                             Acts 10:42


W Choir Anthem

Begin the Song of Glory Now - Text/ Jaroslav J. Vajda; Music/ Alfred V. Fedak


Begin the song of glory now: the Son has risen from his grave!

The night of mourning long is past; life has a purpose after all.

Our Samson smashed the gates of hell, and we are free at last, at last!

Begin the song of glory now: the Son has risen from our grave!


Prepare the song of glory now, the Son has risen from his grave!

 Composers, players,

                find new sounds for ev’ry instrument and voice:

                 a note, a chord, an aria, a Kyrie, a Gloria.

Prepare the song of glory now: the Son has risen from our grave!


Repeat the song of glory now: the Son has risen from his grave!

Complete the Easter overture, and join the “Alleluia” choir.


“In Jesus’ name” the song begin, and end: “All praise to God alone!”

Repeat the song of glory now,

repeat the song of glory now,

repeat the song of glory now:

the Son has risen from our grave!



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 118: 14-17, 22-23             Setting by Peter R. Hallock


Antiphon: On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.



Second Reading                                        Colossians 3:1-4


1If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.


The Word of the Lord.                                                     Thanks be to God.


The people face the cross as the Gospel is brought into the midst of the assembly.


VERSE                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                                                                                         Matthew 28:1-10


The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”


The Gospel of the Lord.                                              Praise to you, O Christ.


W GOSPEL RESPONSE              He Is Arisen! Glorious Word!

He is arisen! Glorious Word!

        Now reconciled is God, my Lord;

        the gates of heav’n are open.

        My Jesus rose triumphantly,

        and Satan’s arrows broken lie,

        destroyed hell’s fiercest weapon.

        Oh, hear, what cheer!

        Christ victorious,

        rising glorious,

        life is giving.

        He was dead, but now is living!


Text: Birgitte K. Boye, 1742-1824; tr. George T. Rygh, 1860-1942, alt.               






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. 






CONFESSION OF FAITH                                                         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.


Silence is kept.


God our Father, your Son rose triumphant from death and made this the day of new creation, of victory over sin, death, and the devil. 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, and empower us as witnesses to the resurrection. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Your Son rose triumphant from death, and by your Spirit, Peter and the apostles testified to his Lordship. Bless all pastors as they preach the Gospel and administer the Sacraments of Christ. 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. Fill us with your Spirit, and make us living signs of the peace of Jesus. Come to the aid of the poor and the ill in body, mind, and spirit. Restrain the violent, lift up the lowly, 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; the people are invited to offer intercessions and thanksgivings.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Your Son rose triumphant from death, and in him we have 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, first witness to the resurrection; for the apostles and all the saints, together with all those most dear to us who now rest in you. Draw our hearts upward, and 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.





Jesus came and stood among his disciples and said,

‘Peace be with you.’

  Then they were glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.    John 20:19, 20

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.


W Choir Anthem

O Risen Lord - Text/ John Mason Neale (1818-66, alt.); Music/ K. Lee Scott


O risen Lord, O glorious Son, now is the mighty battle won,

Songs of praising we are raising: Alleluia!

On the third morning he arose, shining in victory o’er his foes;

Earth is singing, heaven is ringing: Alleluia!

 After the death that him befell, Christ our Lord has harrowed hell.

Sing with gladness, gone is sadness: Alleluia!

The Lord of all things lives anew, and all his saints are rising, too:

May our living be thanksgiving: Alleluia!





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.



Father, creator of all things, you wash away our sins,

you give us new birth by the Spirit,

and you redeem us in the blood of Christ.

As we celebrate the Resurrection, renew your gift of life within us.

We ask this through 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, through

Christ our Lord. But chiefly are we 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


Alleluia! Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us.

  Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!


We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.      










This Joyful Eastertide                 Blue WOV 676


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.













We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life; and we pray that in your mercy you would strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.




The God of peace – who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant – make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.

  Amen                                                                                                  Hebrews 13:20-21



                                The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done            Green LBW 135

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


1      The strife is o’er, the battle done;

        now is the victor’s triumph won!

        Now be the song of praise begun. Alleluia!


2      The pow’rs of death have done their worst,

        but Christ their legions has dispersed.

        Let shouts of holy joy outburst.  Alleluia!


3      The three sad days have quickly sped,

        he rises glorious from the dead.

        All glory to our risen head!  Alleluia!


4     He broke the age-bound chains of hell;

        the bars from heav’n’s high portals fell.

        Let hymns of praise his triumph tell.  Alleluia!


5      Lord, by the stripes which wounded you,

        from death’s sting free your servants too,

        that we may live and sing to you.  Alleluia!


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Text: Symphonia Sirenum, Köln, 1695; tr. Francis Pott, 1832-1909



Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

  Thanks be to God!



Lutheran Book of Worship Daily Scripture Readings


Monday, April 10: Jonah 2:1-10; Acts 2:14, 22-32; John 14:1-14

Tuesday, April 11: Isaiah 30:18-26; Acts 2:36-47; John 14:15-31

Wednesday, April 12: Micah 7:7-15; Acts 3:1-10; John 15:1-11

Thursday, April 13: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 3:11-26; John 15:12-27

Friday, April 14: Daniel 12:1-4, 13; Acts 4:1-12; John 16:1-15

Saturday, April 15: Isaiah 25:1-9; Acts 4:13-31; John 16:16-33

Sunday, April 16: Isaiah 43:8-13; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-7




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