Easter Day April 12, 2020

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

Prepare your Sacred Space for the celebration of Easter Day. Flowers, additional candles, artwork and other symbols of new life may be added to the Sacred Space.

Dress up! Easter Day is a special day in the life of faith. Even at home, feel free to put on your “Easter best” to set apart this day from all others. During virtual coffee hour we’ll have a “parade of easter hats.” (Sign in is in the latest email).

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us!



The rector welcomes the congregation.

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

Opening Sentence

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord
Jesus Christ.

Opening Hymn: Awake, Arise, Lift up Your Voice Hymnal 212

O Lord, Open our lips.
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.
Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: as it was in the
beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Psalm Psalm 114

Saint Helena Psalter Read responsively by whole verse. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

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 Lessons

A Reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah

At that time, declares the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people. The LORD proclaims: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness. As Israel searched for a place of rest, the LORD appeared to them from a distance: I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. And so with unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself. Again, I will build you up, and you will be rebuilt, virgin Israel. Again, you will play your tambourines and dance with joy. Again, you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; farmers will plant and then enjoy the harvests. The time will come when the watchmen shout from the highlands of Ephraim: “Get ready! We’re going up to Zion to the LORD our God!”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: That Easter Morn Voices Found 45

A Reading from Paul’s letter to the Colossians

Therefore, if you were raised with Christ, look for the things that are above where Christ is sitting at God’s right side. Think about the things above and not things on earth. You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. 

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: At The break of Day Three Women Came Voices Found 50

A Reading from the Gospel according to Matthew.

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, 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; there they will see me.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Celtic Alleluia

Please stand.

The Sermon: the Rev. Mike Angell


“God’s Son has Made me Free”- Edvard Grieg

God’s Son has made me free from Satan’s tyranny
From fear of death, and bonds of sin, from all that plagues my soul within.
The holy One divine, became a friend of mine.
From heaven high, from starry sky. He came to give, to die.
O boundless love, He came, He died, He rose the glorified!
He came to give, to die, that I might live with Him eternally.
God Son’s has made me free!

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

In this most holy season, we pray for the church, the earth, the world, those in need, and all the members of God’s family, responding to each petition with the words Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, for all the churches around the globe: for their bishops and clergy; for the newly baptized; for the believers who cannot assemble for worship; for faithful endurance during this time of sorrow and distress; and for a deepening sense of your presence among us.
O God, you are our Temple: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, for the well-being of creation: for the health of seas and rivers and lakes; for the Missouri and the Mississippi; and for the will to care for your earth.
O God, you are our Rainbow of promise: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, for peace and justice in the world: for an end to war and international turmoil; for concord in our troubled society; for heads of state, legislators, and local civic leaders, that they enact wise procedures to deal with the coronavirus.
O God, you are our Mighty Fortress: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God for all who are facing the coronavirus: for all who mourn the dead; all who have contracted the virus; those who are quarantined or stranded away from home; those who have lost their employment; those who fear the present and the future.
We pray for physicians, nurses, and home health aides; medical researchers; and the World Health Organization.
Fill the aching in our hearts with your merciful power.
O God, you are our Everlasting Arms: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, for all in need: for those suffering for the faith; for those who are poor, hungry, and homeless; for those who are sick and those awaiting death; and for those we name before you:

You are invited to add your own prayers silently or aloud.

O God, you are the Healer of our every ill: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Receive our thanks for all who died in the faith, and bring us at the final resurrection into your everlasting life, where sorrows will be no more.
O God, our Beginning and our End, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Into your gracious and mighty hands, O God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

The Lord be with you
And also with you
Let us pray

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.

The officiant prays:

May we who are merely inconvenienced
remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home,
remember those who have no work.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our
children when their schools close,
remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the
tumult of the economic market,
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap
our arms around each other,
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace
of God to our neighbors.

The Collect of the Day

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 rector shares announcements

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.


This Little Light of Mine: (With some help from Gene Dobbs Bradford)

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

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

Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
Prayers adapted from the service for the Easter Vigil by Gail Ramshaw and Gordon Lathrop.

Easter at Holy Communion

Easter is the most important feast in the Christian year.

At Holy Communion we welcome all people to join us in the celebration.

We have two services on Easter Sunday, a simple spoken service at 8am, and a Festival service with music at 10:30am. Both include an Easter sermon by the rector. This post focuses on the 10:30 service.

At 10:30am

We begin in darkness. Just as the Easter Vigil the night before, the service begins with the Exsultet, the cantor telling us in the darkness about how Christ’s light came into the world from the very beginning. When the ancient chant has ended, the candles on the altar are lit as the lights come up in the church. The organ and brass play a fanfare and we begin our opening hymn: “Jesus Christ is Risen today.” The joy is palpable.

The service continues with the reading of scripture, and the proclamation of the Easter Gospel. After the rector’s sermon we pray for the world, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. All are welcome to receive Communion at Holy Communion. Our Post-Communion prayer is Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Then the celebrant blesses the people and we march out to our final hymn.

After the 10:30am service, all children are invited to participate in an egg hunt on the parish lawn. It’s great fun each year.