April 12, 2020 – Easter Sunday

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P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Prayer of the Day

P: O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

First Lesson

Acts 10 : 34–43

34Peter began to speak to [the people]: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how 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. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not 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. 42He 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. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

A Reading from the Psalms

Psalm 118 : 1–2, 14–24

1Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good;

God's mercy endures forever.

2Let Israel now declare,

"God's mercy endures forever."

14The Lord is my strength and my song,

and has become my salvation.

15Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents of the righteous:

"The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!

16The right hand of the Lord is exalted!

The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!"

17I shall not die, but live,

and declare the works of the Lord.

18The Lord indeed punished me sorely,

but did not hand me over to death.

19Open for me the gates of righteousness;

I will enter them

and give thanks to the Lord.

20"This is the gate of the Lord;

here the righteous may enter."

21I give thanks to you, for you have answered me

and you have become my salvation.

22The stone that the builders rejected

has become the chief cornerstone.

23By the Lord has this been done;

it is marvelous in our eyes.

24This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Second Lesson

Colossians 3 : 1–4

1If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew

Alleluia. Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Matthew 28 : 1–10

1After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And 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. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then 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." 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Becoming a Good Steward

Start a garden, indoors and out! Start a garden in your own backyard or share the work with your community by creating a neighborhood garden. Do you have space in your church's yard, at a vacant lot, or in a nearby park? Gardening is good for creation and saves you money. If you do not have space outdoors, you can grow veggies or herbs in pots in your place of residence. Indoor plants will produce oxygen and improve your indoor air quality. (Creation Justice Ministries)

Mission Opportunity at Midwest Food Bank

The Mission Committee will be volunteering at Midwest Food Bank again on Monday April 20, 2020, from 6–8 p.m. We need a group of up to 20 volunteers. Children 10 years or older are able to help as long as they are accompanied by their parent. Everyone also needs to have closed toed shoes. Please contact Rob and Shawna Mahnke if you are available to help.

Teleconference Bible Study

The Wednesday night bible study will resume Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m. Those interested in participating should contact the church office for contact information.

Blood Drive

The OSLC Mission Committee, in consultation with church council, is moving forward with hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon in the fellowship hall. Because of COVID-19, the American Red Cross have added additional measures to keep all safe. If you are interested in being a blood donor, you can either sign-up from the OSLC website, online through the Red Cross website, or by contacting the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, blood supplies are critically low and the Red Cross has a critical need for healthy, willing blood donors. See the church website for additional details.

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