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The Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Sunday PRELUDE Jesus Christ is Risen Today arr. Wells
April 1, 2018 The Strife is O’er
Holy Communion (ELW V) WELCOME


In the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


On this day the Lord has acted most powerfully, most lovingly, once and for
all! Yet how astonishing this pronouncement must have been on that first
Easter morning. Mark’s account of the resurrection of Jesus emphasizes
the holy fear that must have grasped the women at the tomb. Filled now
with hope, we go forth to tell everyone the news: Christ is risen! Alleluia!
We rejoice this Easter morning as join Kristi Hudecek formally rejoins her
home congregation by publicly affirming with us her baptism into Christ.

CHILDREN are always welcome to our Worship Service. Rainbow bags

and a cry room are available. A staffed nursery is also available if needed.
An usher will gladly provide you with assistance.

As a worship courtesy, we ask that you please turn off or set to vibrate
all cellular telephones and pagers during the worship service.

We ask that all present today please fill out the Attendance and Communion
registration card found in your bulletin and place it in the offering plate so
that we may record your presence with us.


O God, you are the creator of the world, the liberator of your people, and
the wisdom of the earth. By the resurrection of your Son free us from our
fears, restore us in your image, and ignite us with your light, through Jesus
Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
GATHERING SONG: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today (ELW 365)


Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ 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!


FIRST READING: Isaiah 25:6-9

More than 700 years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah proclaims the good
news of God’s salvation and calls all people to rejoice! The Lord will make
a rich feast for God’s people. The Lord will wipe the tears from their eyes.
And most importantly, the Lord will destroy death itself.
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.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


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

Please be seated.
PSALMODY: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 SECOND READING: I Corinthians 15:1-11

Refrain: The core of the Christian faith and Paul’s preaching is the death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the crucified and risen Christ appeared to
the earliest of his followers, so we experience the presence of the risen
Lord in the preaching of this faith.
Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I
proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you
stand, 2through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the
message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in
Tone: vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had
received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the
Give thanks to the LORD, for the | LORD is good; scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day
God’s mercy en- | dures forever. in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to
Let Israel | now declare, the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and
sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have
“God’s mercy en- | dures forever.”
14 died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to
The LORD is my strength | and my song,
one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the
and has become | my salvation.
Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents | of the righteous: apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of
God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me
“The right hand of the | LORD acts valiantly!
The right hand of the LORD| is exalted! has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—
The right hand of the | LORD acts valiantly!” though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it
I shall not | die, but live, was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.
and declare the works | of the LORD. R
The word of the Lord.
The LORD indeed pun- | ished me sorely, Thanks be to God.
Please stand for the gospel.
but did not hand me o- | ver to death.
Open for me the | gates of righteousness;
I will enter them and give thanks | to the LORD. GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
“This is the gate | of the LORD;
here the righ- | teous may enter.”
I give thanks to you, for you have | answered me
and you have become | my salvation. R
The stone that the build- | ers rejected
has become the chief | cornerstone.
By the LORD has | this been done;
VERSE: Alleluia! Christ, our paschal lamb, | has been sacrificed.*
it is marvelous | in our eyes.
This is the day that the | LORD has made; Therefore, let us | keep the feast. Alleluia! (1 Cor. 5:7, 8)
let us rejoice and be | glad in it. R
As the Gospel is announced, worshippers are invited to trace a cross upon
their forehead, then over their lips, and then over their hearts, silently The presider stands at the baptismal font to address the congregation. The
praying, “May the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ be ever on my mind, on congregation stands.
my lips, and in my heart.”
Dear friends, on this holiest day we give thanks for the gift of baptism as
The holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Mark. we give rejoice that Kristi Anne Hudecek, one with us in the body of
Glory to you, O Lord. Christ, is making public affirmation of her baptism.

The resurrection of Jesus is announced, and the response is one of terror Kristi is presented by a representative of the congregation:
and amazement. I present Kristi, who desires to make public affirmation of her baptism.
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of
James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ The presiding minister may continue with prayer.
body]. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, Let us pray.
they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, “Who will Merciful God, we thank you that you have made us your own by water and
roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4When they the Word in baptism. You have called us to yourself, enlightened us with
looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been the gifts of your Spirit, and nourished us in the community of faith. Uphold
rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a Kristi and all your servants in the gifts and promises of baptism, and unite
white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to the hearts of all whom you have brought to new birth. We ask this in the
them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was name of Christ.
crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they Amen.
laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you
to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8So they went out PROFESSION OF FAITH
and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and
they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. The presider addresses Kristi.
I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the
The gospel of the Lord. faith of the church.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Please be seated. Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?
I renounce them.
SERMON Pastor Charles Peterson
Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?
Please stand for the hymn. I renounce them.
HYMN OF THE DAY: Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing! (ELW 385) I renounce them.
The presiding minister addresses the candidates and the assembly.
Please be seated.
Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? resurrection you set us free from the power of sin and death and raise us up
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived to live in you.
by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius
Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. Pour out your Holy Spirit, the power of your living Word, that those who
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at are washed in the waters of baptism may be given new life. To you be
the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the
the dead. Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of AFFIRMATION IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ASSEMBLY
saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life
everlasting. Kristi, you have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to
Amen. continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:
to live among God’s faithful people,
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
Rejoicing in the risen life of Christ, let us pray for the church, the world, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
and all who are in need. and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?
Please sit or kneel as you are able.
Kristi responds:
Each petition ends with:
Lord, in your mercy, I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.
hear our prayer.
The minister addresses the assembly.
Joining our voices with your faithful ones in every time and place, we offer
People of God, do you promise to support this sister and pray for her in her
our prayers in the name of the Risen One, Jesus Christ our Lord.
life in Christ?
We do, and we ask God to help and guide us.
The presiding minister prays for God’s blessing.
The Lord be with you. Let us pray.
And also with you. We give you thanks, O God, that through water and the Holy Spirit you
give us new birth, cleanse us from sin, and raise us to eternal life.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise. The blessing may be repeated for each person. The minister may lay both
hands on the head of the person and say:
We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over Father in heaven, for Jesus’ sake, stir up in Kristi the gift of your Holy
the waters and by your Word you created the world, calling forth life in Spirit; confirm her faith, guide her life, empower her in her serving,
which you took delight. Through the waters of the flood you delivered give her patience in suffering, and bring her to everlasting life.
Noah and his family, and 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 the baptism of Jesus' death and
Those making public affirmation stand and face the assembly. A
representative of the congregation addresses the assembly.
Let us rejoice with this sister in Christ.
We rejoice with you in the life of baptism. Together we will give thanks
and praise to God and proclaim the good news to all the world. OFFERING PRAYER

Please greet one another in the peace of the risen Christ. Let us pray. Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth. Day by day
you shower us with blessings. As you have raised us to new life in Christ,
PEACE give us glad and generous hearts, ready to praise you and to respond to
those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! Amen.
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
The peace of Christ be with you always. DIALOGUE
And also with you.


ANTHEM O Paschal Lamp of Radiant Light Owens

God’s Paschal Lamb is Sacrificed for Us (Tune: ELW 422)



Worshippers are invited to bow with the consecration of the Lord’s body
and blood, each time the words “Do this for the remembrance of me,” are

You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God. You are most holy, and
great is the majesty of your glory.

You so loved the world that you gave your only Son, so that everyone who
believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.

We give you thanks for his coming into the world to fulfill for us your holy
will and to accomplish all things for our salvation.

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.

Remembering, therefore, his salutary command, his life-giving passion and

death, his glorious resurrection and ascension, and the promise of his
coming again, we give thanks to you, O Lord God Almighty, not as we
ought but as we are able; we ask you mercifully to accept our praise and
thanksgiving and with your Word and Holy Spirit to bless us, your
servants, and these your own gifts of bread and wine, so that we and all
who share in the body and blood of Christ may be filled with heavenly
blessing and grace, and, receiving the forgiveness of sin, may be formed to
live as your holy people and be given our inheritance with all your saints.
To you, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory in your COMMUNION
holy church, now and forever.
The body of Christ, given for you.
The blood of Christ, shed for you.

All baptized people are welcome to the table to receive Christ’s body and
LORD'S PRAYER blood. If you have not been baptized, you are also welcome to the table as
Risen Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray: God’s guest; we are honored by your presence. We recognize the Body of
Christ as the community of the baptized, so if you would like to become part
of the Body of Christ, we encourage you to seek baptism. If you can’t or
don’t wish to receive today, we encourage you to hold your hands over
your chest for a blessing as you come forward.



Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us! Now the Green Blade Rises (ELW 379)
Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!
Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds (ELW 367)

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the
great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you
complete in everything good so that you may do God's will, working in you
that which is pleasing in God's sight; through + Jesus Christ, to whom be
the glory forever and ever.

SENDING HYMN: Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia (ELW 364)


Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Go in peace. Share the good news.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION Chorale Prelude on O Hail this Brightest Day of Days Bach
Let us pray. Life-giving God, in the mystery of Christ's resurrection you
send light to conquer darkness, water to give new life, and the bread of life
to nourish your people. Send us forth as witnesses to your Son's The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in
resurrection, that we may show your glory to all the world, through Jesus celebration of Easter and of my birthday.
Christ, our risen Lord. Presented by Shirley Griffin


O God of tender compassion, as you healed the sick and welcomed the
stranger, bless those who leave this assembly to share the gifts of this table Today’s bulletin cover is given to the glory of God and in memory of my
with our sisters and brothers who are sick/homebound/imprisoned. May grandmother Anne Evans and of my mother Charlotte Jolly.
they be sustained by the love and prayers of this community, and by the
Bread of Life that satisfies all hunger, Jesus Christ our Lord. Presented by Janet Robertson
Today’s bulletin cover is given to the glory of God and in memory of my
husband Bob Telfer.

Presented by Anita Telfer