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Easter Worship Service April 12, 2020


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Easter Sunday is the high point of the liturgical year for Christians. It has always been, and remains to be, the core event of the Christian story. We understand Jesus’ resurrection to be the central witness of God’s radical action in human history; the pinnacle black swan event of the universe. Jesus, God in the flesh, has defeated death and has been resurrected to life that we all might have life eternal.


Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome 

The Invocation

Pastor:           In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. / En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.

People:         Amen.


Easter Vigil Prayer

Pastor:           O God, You are like a refiner's fire, and Your Spirit enkindles the hearts of Your faithful people with the fire of Your love. Bless this new flame and those who keep this joyful Easter festival that, burning with desire for life with You, we may be found rightly prepared to share in the Feast of Light which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:         Amen.

I Know that My Redeemer Lives (#461)

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 exalted, throned above;

He lives to rule his church in love.

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, all glory to his name! 

He lives, my Savior still the same;

What joy this blest assurance gives:

I know that my Redeemer lives!


The Blessing of the Christ Candle

Pastor:           Christ Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and forever, the beginning and ending, the Alpha and the Omega. His are time and eternity; His are the glory and dominion, now and forever. By His wounds we have healing both now and forever. May the light of Christ, who is risen in glory from the dead, scatter all the darkness of our hearts and minds.

People:          Amen


Resurrection Prayer

Pastor:           Almighty and merciful God, pour out on us Your abundant blessing that all who share this day in joyful celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead be filled  with Your heavenly benediction. Once we were in darkness, but now we are in the light.

People:         Amen.


The Light Of Christ

Pastor:           Luz De Cristo.

People:          Gracias a Dios.

Pastor:           Luz de Cristo. 

People:          Gracias a Dios. 

Pastor:            Luz de Cristo. 

People:          Gracias a Dios.


The Easter Proclamation

People: Rejoice now, all you heavenly choirs of angels; Rejoice now, all creation; Sound forth, trumpet of salvation, And proclaim the triumph of our King. Rejoice too, all the earth, In the radiance of the light now poured upon you and made brilliant by the brightness of the everlasting King; Know that the ancient darkness has been forever banished. Rejoice, O Church of Christ clothed in the brightness of this light; Let all this house of God ring out with rejoicing,

                        With the praises of all God's faithful people.



Jesus Christ is Risen Today (#457)

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!

Unto Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!

Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!

Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!

Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!

Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!

Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!

Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!

Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!


Pastor:           The Lord be with you.

People:          And also with you.

Pastor:           Lift up your hearts.

People:          We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:           Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.

People:          It is right to give Him thanks and praise.



Proper Preface

Pastor:          It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places, with one heart and mind and voice, praise You, O Lord, Holy Father, almighty everlasting God, and your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. For He is the very Paschal Lamb who offered Himself for the sin of the world, who has cleansed us by the shedding of His precious blood. This is the day when You brought our fathers, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt and led them through the Red Sea on dry ground. This is the day when all who believe in Christ are delivered from bondage to sin and are restored to life and immortality. This is the day when Christ, the Life, rose from the dead. The seal of the grave is broken and the morning of a new creation breaks forth out of night. How wonderful and beyond all telling is Your mercy toward us, O God, that to redeem a slave You gave Your Son. How holy is this day when all wickedness is put to flight and sin is washed away. How holy is this day when innocence is restored to the fallen and joy is given to those downcast. How blessed is the day when man is reconciled to God in Christ. Holy Father, accept now the sacrifices of our thanksgiving and praise. Let Christ, the true light and morning star, shine in our hearts, He who gives light to all creation, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.

People:          Amen. 

Pastor:            Alleluia, Jesus Christ is risen!  

People:         He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor:            ¡Gloria a Dios!          

People: ¡Alabemos al Señor¡ 


Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (#821)

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!

His the scepter, His the throne;

Alleluia! His the triumph,

His the victory alone!

Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion

Thunder like a mighty flood:

Jesus out of every nation

Has redeemed us by His blood.”

Alleluia! Not as orphans

Are we left in sorrow now;

Alleluia! He is near us;

Faith believes, nor questions how.

Though the cloud from sight received Him,

When the forty days were over,

Shall our hearts forget His promise?—

I am with you evermore.”

Alleluia! King eternal

you, the Lord of lords we own;

Alleluia! born of Mary,

earth your footstool, heaven your throne:

as, within the veil you entered,

robed in flesh, our great high priest;

here on earth both priest and victim

in the eucharistic feast.

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!

His the scepter, His the throne;

Alleluia! His the triumph,

His the victory alone!

Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion

Thunder like a mighty flood:

Jesus out of every nation

Has redeemed us by His blood.”


The First Reading (Acts 10:34-43)

Peter began to speak to; “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”


The Second Reading (Colossians 3:1-4)

You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right-hand side of God. Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!


The Holy Gospel (Matthew 28:1-10)

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you." So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."


The Apostle’s 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 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 sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence 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.


Alleluia! Jesus us Risen! (#474)

Alleluia! Jesus is risen!

Trumpets resounding in glorious light!

Splendor, the Lamb, heaven forever!

Oh, what a miracle God has in sight!

Jesus is risen and we shall arise:

give God the glory! Alleluia!

Walking the way, Christ in the center,

telling the story to open our eyes;

breaking our bread, giving us glory:

Jesus, our blessing, our constant surprise.

Jesus is risen and we shall arise:

give God the glory! Alleluia!

Jesus the vine, we are the branches;

life in the Spirit the fruit of the tree;

heaven to earth, Christ to the people,

gift of the future now flowing to me.

Jesus is risen and we shall arise:

give God the glory! Alleluia!

Weeping, be gone; sorrow be silent:

death put asunder, and Easter is bright.

Cherubim sing: "O grave, be open!"

Clothe us in wonder, adorn us in light.

Jesus is risen and we shall arise:

give God the glory! Alleluia!

City of God, Easter forever,

golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb,

river of life, saints and archangels,

sing with creation to God the I AM!

Jesus is risen and we shall arise:

give God the glory! Alleluia!


The Children’s Message

The Message  

The Prayers  

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


This is the Feast

This is the Feast of victory for our God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Worthy is Christ the lamb who was slain,

Whose blood set us free to be people of God.

This is the feast of victory for our God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Power, riches, wisdom, and strength,

and honor, blessing, and glory are His.

This is the feast of victory for our God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Sing with all the people of God,

and join in the hymn of all creation:

Blessing, honor, glory, and might

Be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen

This is the feast of victory for our God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

For the Lamb who was slain

has begun His reign. Alleluia.

This is the feast of victory for our God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Blessing

Pastor:            The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you always. /  La gracia del Señor Jesucristo, el amor de Dios, y la comunión del Espíritu Santo sean con todos ustedes.

People:         Amen.

Now All the Vault of Heav’n Resounds (Hymn #465)

Now all the vault of Heav’n resounds

In praise of love that still abounds,

Christ has triumphed, He is living!"

Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear,

Repeat their song of glory here,

Christ has triumphed, Christ has triumphed!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Eternal is the gift He brings,

Therefore our heart with rapture sings,

Christ has triumphed, He is living!

Now still He comes to give us life,

And by His presence stills all strife

Christ has triumphed! He is living!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

O fill us, Lord, with dauntless love;

Set heart and will on things above

That we conquer through your triumph,

Grant grace sufficient for life’s day

That by our lives we ever say,

Christ has triumphed, He is living!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Adoring praises now we bring

And with the heavenly blessed sing,

Christ has triumphed, Alleluia!

Be to the Father, and our Lord,

To Spirit blest, most holy God,

All the glory, never ending!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.   

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