Two Great Easter Miracles

The Sermon …………………………………………………………  John 20: 6- 8

“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb ; And he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the wrapping that had been around his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also;   And he saw and believed.

Two Great Easter Miracles

1. The Resurrection Of Christ 

2. Our Easter Faith

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FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER

(Saturday, April 30 – 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 1, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.)

Church Choir:“The Festal Day”
(Director: Cathy Augustin; Accompanist: Ryan Augustin)

Opening Hymn TLH 192 (V 1-3): Awake, my Heart, with Gladness Hymnary.org link

The Invocation And Our Easter Responsive Prayer

P: O Lord God, our Strength, our Song and our Salvation, You fulfilled Your promises by the resurrection of Your Son,Jesus Christ,from the dead.

C: Thanks be to God! You give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

P: In Your compassion, You sent Christ, the Good Shepherd, Who laid down His life to rescue the lost.

C: Drive out all doubt and gloom that we may delight in Your glorious triumph.

P: Lift our eyes heavenward to see Him Who lives to make intercession for the saints, and grant us confidence in the greatness of His power. Keep before  us the vision of Your redeemed people standing before Your throne and singing the son of victory.

C: Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain to receive wisdom and power  and honor and glory and praise.

P: Make us instruments of Your peace as we bring the Good News of hope and new life to those around us. Guide us in the use of all that You have entrusted to us: our time, our talents, and our treasures.

C: Risen Lord, live in us that we may live for you.

P: Merciful Lord Jesus, grant healing to the sick, and strengthen the faith of the suffering and the dying. Assure them of Your abiding  presence and comfort them with the hope of eternal life. Gracious Father, You have restored to us the joy of Your salvation.  With happy hearts we come before You and say:

C: Alleluia! Thanks be to God! Amen.

The Scripture Reading – John 20: 24- 31

To all who struggle at times with doubts and fears (and who among us does not?), the appearance of the Risen Christ to Thomas stands as a powerful testimony to the lengths our living and caring Savior will go to reassure His struggling and hurting children.  Through His mighty Word, God reveals to us life and eternity’s blessed realities in a triumphant and life-giving Jesus, far beyond what our natural eyes can see. Indeed, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed!

Our Easter Profession Of Faith

I believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, Lord of lords and Savior of the fallen world. I believe that He is the Word made flesh,  Who came to earth to redeem all sinners. He was born under the Law, to fulfill all of God’s commandments on my behalf. He was crucified at the hands of sinful men, and endured all the punishment that I and all sinners deserved, to fully satisfy the justice of God. He died and was buried.

I believe that on the third day Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, as the prophets foretold and as He Himself promised. Proved by the inspired Scriptures and by many eyewitnesses, Jesus’ resurrection shows that He is God’s Son, that His mission of salvation is complete, and that He has triumphed  over death, our last great enemy.

With this victory, Christ has become our Forerunner, the first-fruits of all who sleep in Him. Because He rose, I and all who trust in His redeeming work shall rise on the Last Day. 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 and believes in Me shall never die.” Because this is God’s wonderful and mighty Easter promise to the redeemed, this is most certainly true.

Hymn WS 731 : Today in Triumph Christ Arose Hymnary.org link

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 Sermon …………………………………………………………  John 20: 6- 8

“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb ; And he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the wrapping that had been around his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also;   And he saw and believed.

Two Great Easter Miracles

1. The Resurrection Of Christ 

2. Our Easter Faith

The Offering, Confession And Absolution, And Consecration

The Distribution Of The Holy Communion (Hymns WS 727 : Our Paschal Lamb, that Sets Us Free Hymnary.org link & WS 732 : Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds Hymnary.org link )

(As God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have professed such unity by confirmed membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward to the Lord’s table. This is not a judgment of anyone’s faith, but rather an  expression of ours. Those with questions or seeking a church home are invited to speak with the Pastor.)

The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction

Hymn: “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”