Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021

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Please join us in singing and praying. The congregation is invited to join the responses in bold.

The Easter flowers are dedicated to Silas, Sullivan, Mona, and Olivia, who have been or will be baptized this Easter Season.


Preludes begin at about 10:15. The service will begin at 10:30am

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light as we light the pascal candle.

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The Ushers welcome the congregation

The Lighting of the Paschal Candle

You are invited to light a candle at home, as the great Paschal Candle is lit in the church.

Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels, and let your trumpets shout Salvation for the victory of our mighty King. Rejoice and sing now, all the round Earth, bright with a glorious splendor, for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King. Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church, and let your holy courts, in radiant light, resound with the praises of your people. All you who stand near this marvelous and holy flame, pray with me to God the Almighty for the grace to sing the worthy praises of this great light; through Jesus Christ his Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,

It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our whole heart and mind and voice, to praise you, the invisible, almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt of Adam’s sin, and by his blood delivered your faithful people. This is the day, when you brought our ancestors, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and led them through the Red Sea on dry land. This is the day, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life. This is the day, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave. Holy God, accept our morning sacrifice, the offering of this candle in your honor. May it shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find it ever burning – he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns

Easter Fanfare:

Praeludium on Christ lag in Todesbanden William Bradley Roberts

Opening Hymn

Jesus Christ is Risen Today Hymnal 1982 #207

Opening Dialogue and Prayer

The rector welcomes the congregation with the traditional words of Easter:

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Let us pray.
O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen

The Lessons

A Reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 25: 6-9)

On this mountain, the LORD of heavenly forces will prepare for all peoples a rich feast, a feast of choice wines, of select foods rich in flavor, of choice wines well refined. He will swallow up on this mountain the veil that is veiling all peoples, the shroud enshrouding all nations. He will swallow up death forever. The LORD God will wipe tears from every face; he will remove his people’s disgrace from off the whole earth, for the LORD has spoken. They will say on that day, “Look! This is our God, for whom we have waited— and he has saved us! This is the LORD, for whom we have waited; let’s be glad and rejoice in his salvation!”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


THE PSALM (Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24)

Give thanks to God who is good;
God’s mercy endures for ever.

Let Israel now proclaim
“God’s mercy endures for ever.”

God is my strength and my song
and has become my salvation.

There is a sound of exultation and victory
in the tents of the righteous:

“The right hand of the Most High has triumphed;
the right hand of the Most High is exalted;
the right hand of the Most High has triumphed!”

I shall not die, but live
and declare the works of God.

God has punished me sorely,
but did not hand me over to death.

Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to God.

“This is the gate of the Holy One;
those who are righteous may enter.”

I will give thanks to you, for you answered me
and have become my salvation.

The same stone which the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.

This is God’s doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

On this day the Holy One has acted;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John (John 20:1-18)

Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him.” Peter and the other disciple left to go to the tomb. They were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and was the first to arrive at the tomb. Bending down to take a look, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he didn’t go in. Following him, Simon Peter entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. He also saw the face cloth that had been on Jesus’ head. It wasn’t with the other clothes but was folded up in its own place. Then the other disciple, the one who arrived at the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. They didn’t yet understand the scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to the place where they were staying.

Mary stood outside near the tomb, crying. As she cried, she bent down to look into the tomb. She saw two angels dressed in white, seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and one at the foot. The angels asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” She replied, “They have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve put him.” As soon as she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabbouni” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold on to me, for I haven’t yet gone up to my Father. Go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, ‘I’m going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” Then she told them what he said to her.

The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Easter Sermon: The Rector


Trinity Te Deum composed by Ēriks Ešenvalds

The Prayers

Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.

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,
     for ever and ever. Amen.

You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you. 

Our Lord lives, for death has no dominion over him. And so we, God’s holy church, proclaim the resurrection, saying: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Created in the image and likeness of God, we pray to see God’s image in one another. May our lives proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Tested in our faith and strengthened by God’s love, we pray for open hearts, that we may live to proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Joining with those who share in the passion of Christ through illness, famine, war, temptation, and trial, we pray for their courage and strength that those who suffer may proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

United in our hope that we and all who die will live again, we pray for family and friends who have died, especially Jim Krieg who died on Good Friday, proclaiming: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Loving and true God. you have glorified Christ Jesus as the pledge of our freedom from sin and death, receive our praise and prayer through Christ our Lord, the great Amen and our Alleluia, now and forever. Amen.


Announcements are shared.

Concluding Prayers

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication to you; and you
have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the
midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions
as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of
your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

The Easter Blessing:

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us God’s children
through the resurrection of Christ our Lord, bestow upon you the riches
of his blessing. Amen.

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into
newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for
ever. Amen.

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting
freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance. Amen.

And the blessing of the Triune God, Eternal Majesty, Incarnate and Risen Word, and Abiding Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Peace is then exchangedConsider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.

Final Hymn

“Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah by George Frideric Handel


The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Alleluia Alleluia, go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Marc Smith
Assisting: The Rev. Chester Hines
and Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Lectors: Shirley Mensah and Bryant Cooper
Ushers: Joe Adams, the Heaner family
Guest Musicians: Jeremiah Burcher, Thomas Jostlein, Kurt Schmid, Dave Meseth, Lucas Alberts, Andy Sheifelbein, and Chris Treloar
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: Tyler Schwartz

Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988

Trinity Te Deum (MB-1416PS)
by Ēriks Ešenvalds
Copyright 2012 Musica Baltica
Exclusively distributed by Edition Peters

Praeludium on “Christ lag in Todesbanden” and Easter Hymn
arr. William Bradley Roberts
Copyright 2018 St. James Music Press
USED BY PERMISSION – License #14747

Prayers adapted from the service for the Easter Vigil by Gail Ramshaw and Gordon Lathrop.