St. John's & Zion Lutheran Churches

The Festival of our Lord’s Resurrection

THE Festival of our Lord’s Resurrection

Choir: Crown Him Lord This Easter Day

Opening Hymn: Jesus Christ is Risen Today (CW 157)
Verse 1: Sung by all
Verse 2: Men
Verse 3: Women
Verse 4: All

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

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 118 (CW Page 108)

The Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

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)

Choir: Hallelujah Chorus

The Gospel Lesson: Mark 16:1-8

M: The Holy Gospel, according to St. Mark, chapter 16.
C: Glory be to you, O Lord.

(The reading of the lesson)

M: The Gospel of the Lord!
C: Praise be to you, O Christ!

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

The Sermon Text: John 16:16-22

1. You Will Weep, Mourn, And Grieve
2. Your Grief Will Turn To Joy

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,
for ever. Amen.
Words of Institution

During the distribution of the Lord’s Supper, we will sing “O Sons And Daughters Of The King” (CW 165)

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: “This Joyful Eastertide” (CW 160)