THE CALL TO WORSHIP ………………...(from I Corinthians 15)
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
P: Christ is risen!
C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory?
C: O death, where is your sting?
P: The sting of death is sin,
C: and the power of sin is the law.
P: But thanks be to God!
C: Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
P: Therefore, my beloved brothers,
C: be steadfast, immovable,
P: always abounding in the work of the Lord,
C: knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
THE EASTER CONFESSION
P: We come together this day rejoicing in the knowledge of Christ’s resurrection. Yet we acknowledge and confess that we have often failed to live as resurrected people. For we died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore, we make confession and ask for forgiveness.
C: Merciful God, our heavenly Father, since You have given Your Son Jesus to die for us, have mercy on us. For His sake forgive all our sins. By Your Holy Spirit strengthen and increase our faith in You. Guide us that we may obey Your Word and walk in Your ways. And finally, bring us safely to everlasting life. We ask this in the name of Jesus, who died for our sin, and is risen and alive forevermore. Amen.
P: We were buried with Christ 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. As your pastor it is my privilege to announce to you all your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Alleluia! Amen!
THE HYMN OF EASTER PRAISE
“Now All The Vault of Heaven Resounds”
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!
Text: © 1958 Augsburg Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110005548