Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord

April 8, 2012


Grant me grace, O blessed Savior, And your Holy Spirit send That my life and my behavior May be pleasing to the end, That I may not fall again Into death's grim pit and pain, Whence by grace you have retrieved me And from which you have relieved me. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 147:4)

Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord

April 8, 2012

Hymn 166 “The Day of Resurrection”
(Please stand for verse 3)


P: In the name of the Father,

C: who raised Jesus from the dead.

P: In the name of the Son,

C: who triumphed over the grave;

P: In the name of the Holy Spirit,

C: who makes us alive in Christ.

P: Christ has risen!

C: He has risen indeed! Alleluia!

Easter Dawn Prayer

Canticle of Praise “This Is the Feast of Victory”
(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 265)

The choir will sing the refrain.
The congregation is invited to sing along the last time.
The congregation will speak the verses.
(See next page)

The congregation speaks the verses

Be Seated

Confession of Sins

P: In Baptism we were buried with Christ, so that just as he was raised to life by the glory of the Father so too we walk in the new life. Therefore let us confess our sins and unworthiness as we approach our risen Savior, so that we know all the more the joy of forgiveness that Easter proclaims to us.

C: Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice. Let your ear be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness so that you are feared. I wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in his word I have hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning. Let God's people hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy and with him is full redemption. He shall ransom his people from all their sins. (Based on Psalm 130)

P: The risen Jesus said to his disciples, "Peace be with you! If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven." Therefore I say to each of you: You are forgiven. Be at peace with God. For the Father has raised Jesus from the dead. He has forgiven you for Jesus' sake. In Christ God reconciled the world to himself, so that you may have the peace of forgiveness and the joy of salvation.

C: Amen.


Easter Responses: (Psalm 118 NIV)

M: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good;

C: His love endures forever.

M: The Lord is my strength and my song;

C: He has become my salvation.

M: The Lord's right hand is lifted high;

C: The Lord's right hand has done mighty things!

M: I will not die but live,

C: And will proclaim what the Lord has done.

M: The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;

C: The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

M: This is the day the Lord has made

C: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Be Seated

Hymn 157 “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”

God's Word

Prayer of the Day

First Lesson: Isaiah 25:6-9

Around 700 B.C. the prophet Isaiah describes the victory of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. The Lord pictures it as a great feast. The shroud of death is destroyed, for death has been swallowed. The Lord God wipes every tear for the faces of his people, who trusted in him and rejoiced in his salvation.

Response: “This Is the Day”


Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Just as the first tulip blooming promises many more flowers to come, so also the firstfruits of the harvest promise much more to come. Jesus is the firstfruits. He has been raised from the dead. So he brings his victory to many more. His resurrection is the promise that all who belong to him will rise when he returns.

Response: “Antiphonal Alleluia” (choir)


Gospel: Mark 16:1-8

They were worried about a heavy stone. They expected death and decay. But an open, empty tomb greeted these women, and angels announced that Jesus had risen. Confusion filled them. They did not yet understand that the life of Christ brought the death of fear. But soon they would believe, just as you do.

Be Seated

Hymn 143 - “He's Risen, He's Risen”

Sermon 1 Corinthians 15:53-58

The Stinger's Gone!

When the perishable has been clothed with imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:53-58 NIV84)

Our Response of Thanks


Confession of Faith: The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Be Seated

Choir: “Share the Easter Joy”




Lord's Prayer

Be Seated

Offering of Praise
Hymn 152 - “I Know that My Redeemer Lives”

v. 1 -- All

I know that my Redeemer lives;

What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

He lives, he lives, who once was dead;

He lives, my ever-living Head!

v. 2 -- Organ Side

He lives triumphant from the grave;

He lives eternally to save.

He lives all-glorious in the sky;

He lives exalted there on high.

v. 3 -- Lectern Side

He lives to bless me with his love;

He lives to plead for me above.

He lives, my hungry soul to feed;

He lives to help in time of need.

v. 4 -- All

He lives to grant me rich supply;

He lives to guide me with his eye.

He lives to comfort me when faint;

He lives to hear my soul's complaint.

v. 5 -- Women & Girls

He lives to silence all my fears;

He lives to wipe away my tears.

He lives to calm my troubled heart;

He lives all blessings to impart.

v. 6 -- Men & Boys

He lives, my kind, wise, heav'nly friend;

He lives and loves me to the end.

He lives, and while he lives I'll sing;

He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.


v. 7 -- All

He lives and grants me daily breath;

He lives, and I shall conquer death.

He lives my mansion to prepare;

He lives to bring me safely there.


v. 8 -- All

He lives, all glory to his name!

He lives, my Jesus, still the same.

Oh, the sweet joy this sentences gives:

“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

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Upcoming Kingdom Work

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Video Bible Class: Weather or Not?
    • 10:30am Divine Service and Lord's Supper
    • News & Notes

      Voters' Meeting: The quarterly voters' meeting will be held in two weeks after service on April 15. Items on the agenda include the summer service schedule and finding a delegate to attend the MN District Convention.

      April ushers: David Paul (capt.), Dale Kraft, Dean Rohloff, Kerry Roth, Don Spencer

      Today's Greeters: Dick & Judy Lubenow

      First Lesson Isaiah 25:6-9

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