St. John's & Zion Lutheran Churches

The Festival of our Lord’s Resurrection

Choir: Christ Is Risen, Alleluia!

Christ is risen, alleluia!
He is risen as he said.
Alleluia, sing his praises!
He is risen from the dead.

Now a brighter day is dawning; hear the angel voices cry.
All the earth with joy is waking. Glory be to God on high.
See the tomb where he was taken; now the stone is rolled away.
He ascended up to heaven on this joyful Easter day.

He has triumphed over darkness, rising up to heav’n on high.
Christ is risen, alleluia!
Sing to the earth and sea and sky!

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
All creation join to say Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Christ is risen, alleluia! He is risen as he said.
Alleluia, sing his praises! Christ is risen.
For Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia!

Opening Hymn: The Day Of Resurrection (CW 166)

The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad,
The Passover of gladness, The Passover of God.
From death to life eternal, From this world to the sky,
Our Christ has brought us over With hymns of victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil That we may see aright
The Lord in rays eternal Of resurrection light
And, list’ning to his accents, May hear, so calm and plain,
His own “All hail!” and, hearing, May raise the victor strain.

Now let the heav’ns be joyful; Let earth her song begin.
Let all the world keep triumph And all that is therein.
Let all things, seen and unseen, Their notes of gladness blend;
For Christ the Lord has risen, Our joy shall have no end.

M: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

An Easter Dialogue

M: Christ is risen!
C: He is risen indeed!

M: Let us rejoice and give thanks to God for the victory our Lord Jesus Christ won by his death and resurrection. It is for us that he has triumphed.

M: [Christ] died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:15)
C: Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

M: If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
C: Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

M: God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
C: Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

M: You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8)
C: Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

M: If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:8)
C: Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

M: We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:4)
C: Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

M: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:54,55)
C: Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Response: Crown Him With Many Crowns (CW 341 Verses 1&3)

Crown him with many crowns, The Lamb upon his throne;
Hark how the heav’nly anthem drowns All music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee,
And hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of life, Who triumphed o’er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife For those he came to save.
His glories now we sing Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring And lives that death may die.

M: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

M: Almighty God, by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, you conquered death and opened the gate to eternal life. Grant that we, who have been raised with him through baptism, may walk in the newness of life and ever rejoice in the hope of sharing his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be dominion and praise now and forever.
C: Amen.

The First Lesson: Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine — the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.
In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Choir: How Great Thou Art

The Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Verse of the Day: Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. Alleluia. (1 Corinthians 15:22)
C: (sung) Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The Gospel Lesson: Mark 16:1-8

M: The Holy Gospel, according to St. Luke, chapter 24.
C: Glory be to you, O Lord.

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

Hymn of the Day: In Christ Alone (CWS 752)

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
What fears are stilled when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all – Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones he came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied;
For every sin on Him was laid –
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death –
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till he returns or calls me home –
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

The Sermon Text: Hebrews 7:23-27

Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Such a high priest truly meets our need — one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

1. He Met All Our Needs For Us
2. He Still Intercedes For Us
Confession of Faith (Explanation of the Second Article)

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.
He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.
All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.
This is most certainly true.

The Offering

Responsive Prayer

M: Heavenly Father, God of grace, you have brought us into a new and living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
C: Christ is risen!

M: For as in Adam all died, so in Christ all will be made alive.
C: He is risen indeed!

M: He was delivered over to death for our sins and raised to life for our justification.
C: Alleluia!

M: We marvel at the love you showed by your willingness to sacrifice your Son to pay for our sins; we bow down in adoration at your mighty power, which raised him from the dead.
C: We praise you for sending the true Life and Light into the world.
M: Lord Jesus, God of grace, you have filled our hearts with resurrection joy by your victory over sin, death and the grave.
C: You have conquered the darkness and given us comfort and hope.

M: With the Church of every age, we offer you unending praise, for you have crushed Satan’s head and have removed our guilt.
C: You are risen!

M: Dear Savior, we who are weary and burdened come to you for rest, knowing that because of your perfect redemption there is now no condemnation for us.
C: You are risen indeed!

M: Take away our doubts and fears, and daily renew in us the joy of our salvation.
C: Alleluia!

M: Holy Spirit, God of grace, you have called us by the gospel and brought us to saving faith in our risen Lord.
C: We glorify you for opening our eyes to see the light of life.

M: Keep us with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.
C: He is risen!

M: As we journey through life, make us yearn for the day when you will give eternal life to us and all believers in Christ.
C: He is risen indeed!

M: Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.

Silent prayer

M: Work through us as we proclaim the saving message of the crucified and risen Jesus near and far, so that many others may hear your call, obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, and join us before the throne of our God and of the Lamb.
C: Alleluia! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Alleluia!

M: Hear us, O Father, for the sake of him who is the firstborn of the dead and is now alive forevermore, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. It is in his name that we bring this and every prayer to you, just as he taught:
C: Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in 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.

M: Now may the glorious Father, who by his power raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, give you the Spirit of wisdom to know the hope to which he has called you. May he preserve you in body, soul, and spirit until our own resurrection on the day of Christ Jesus.
Let all God’s people say, “AMEN!”


Closing Hymn: I Know that My Redeemer Lives (CW 152)
Verses 1&2: Sung by all
Verse 3: Women
Verse 4: Men
Verses 5-8: 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!

He lives triumphant from the grave;
He lives eternally to save.
He lives all-glorious in the sky;
He lives exalted there on high.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

He lives, all glory to his name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”