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He is not here; He has risen! Come,see the place where your Lord lay!
A RESPONSIVE EASTER READING
THE EASTER STORY (Part I)
(A Harmony And Summary Of The Four Evangelists Inspired Account)
As the first day of the week dawned, suddenly – there was a great earthquake! And an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and rolled away the huge stone from the door of the tomb, and sat upon it. His face shone like lightning and his clothing was as white as snow. Out of fear the guards shook and became as dead men. And early Sunday morning, a group of women came to the tomb at sunrise, bringing sweet spices with which they hoped to anoint the body of Jesus. As they walked they said to each other: “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb?” And when they looked they saw that the large stone had already been rolled away. But when they entered the tomb,they did not find the body of Jesus. Instead two men stood nearby in shining garments. In fear, the women hid their faces. And the angel said unto them; “Fear not, for I know that you seek Jesus Who was crucified: Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Come,see the place where your Lord lay!” And the women left the tomb, afraid and amazed. And they remembered Jesus’ words and went and told all the eleven disciples and others all that had happened.
THE EASTER STORY (Part II)
Then Mary Magdalene, one of the women, hurried back ahead of the others and told Peter and John what they had seen. And Peter and John rushed out to the tomb and found it empty, but saw the burial cloths of Jesus neatly folded where Jesus laid. Then they returned to the city. Meanwhile, Mary Magdalene returned to the empty tomb. As she stood outside the tomb weeping, she bent over and looked in and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her:“Why are you weeping?” She said, “Because they have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where they have laid Him.” And when she turned around she saw someone standing nearby, but she did not recognize Jesus. He said to her: “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Believing Him to be the caretaker, she replied: “Sir, if you have taken Him away, tell me where.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and responded, “Master!” Jesus said,“Go and tell My disciples that you have seen me and that I will ascend back to My Father in heaven.” But when she told them, they did not yet fully believe His words. And as the other women were walking,suddenly Jesus met them saying:“Greetings!”And they worshiped Him. And Jesus instructed them to share the News with all the believers.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.
The Easter Scripture – 1 Corinthians 15: 51-58
(Christ’s Death Defeating And Defying Easter Victory – Ours By Faith)
Our Easter Creed
I believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Man, Lord of lords and Savior of our fallen world. I believe that He came to earth on a mission of salvation, lived a holy life as my Law-fulfilling Substitute, was crucified at the hands of sinful men, and endured the punishment of hell at the hands of a just God. He died and was buried. And I believe that on the third day He rose bodily from the dead, exactly as it had been prophesied and as He had promised. Attested to by the inspired Scriptures and by many eyewitnesses, Jesus’ resurrection verifies that He is God’s Son, that His salvation mission is complete, and that He has triumphed over the last great enemy – death. And in rising and conquering death, Christ has become the first-fruit of all who sleep in Him. Because He rose, I and all who look to Him in faith shall one day rise. Because He lives, I too shall live. For He has promised me: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though He dies. And whoever lives & believes in Me will never die.”
TLH 199 : Jesus Christ Is Risen Today (Trumpets: Riley Sotnyk & Emily Tester)
The Easter Offering
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Our Lord’s Easter Blessing
Closing Chorale By Children, Congregation & Tone Chime Choir
(Director: Heather Schierenbeck; Piano: Ryan Augustin; Trumpet- David Rehm)
ELH 64 : Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens, Adore Him
(V 1 & 2 By The Children ; V 3 – Congregation joins In)
1. Praise The Lord! Ye heav’ns adore Him; Praise him angels in the height;
Sun and moon, rejoice before Him; Praise Him all ye stars of light.
Praise the Lord!For he hath spoken; Worlds His mighty voice obeyed.
Law which never shall be broken For their guidance He made.
2. Praise the Lord!For He is glorious; Never shall His promise fail;
God hath made His saints victorious; sin and death shall not prevail.
Praise the God of our salvation!Hosts on high, His power proclaim;
Heaven and death and all creation Laud and magnify His Name.
3. Children And Congregation