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Choir Director: Kent Sunderland
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. Amen.
34Then Peter began to speak to them:
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.
God's mercy endures forever.
The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!
The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!
This is the gate of the Lord; here the righteous may enter.
19If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. 21For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; 22for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 23But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
P: The holy gospel according to St. John, the 20th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.
2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them,
They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.
3Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.
4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.
5He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.
6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,
7and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.
8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;
9for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
10Then the disciples returned to their homes.
11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb;
12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.
13They said to her,
Woman, why are you weeping? She said to them,
They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.
14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
15Jesus said to her,
Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for? Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him,
Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.
16Jesus said to her,
Mary! She turned and said to him in Hebrew,
Rabbouni! (which means Teacher).
17Jesus said to her,
Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them,
18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,
I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.
I have seen the Lord; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
P: Merciful God,
C: receive our prayer.
P: The peace of Christ be with you always.
C: And also with you.
P: Risen One, as you broke bread with the disciples on the shore, meet us now in this meal.
Nourish us to follow you, using our gifts to feed the hungry and tend the weary, and all for your love's sake.
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
P: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise…we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
P: Living God, you have greeted us in our brokenness and nourished us with the body of Christ, broken for us.
Risen to new life with you, send us now to bear your healing love into the wounded world,
in the name of our risen Savior and Lord.
P: The blessing of the Living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
surround and sustain you, keep you from harm, and fill you with courage.
P: You are the body of Christ raised up for the world. Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
Easter Lilies were donated by the following families and individuals:
The flowers on the altar are given by Kent & Jean Sunderland in memory of John and Gladys Boerma.
The Gathering Ministry Team is happy to share that the coffees are coming back on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, beginning next Sunday, April 24! However, we will be serving beverages only until after we see what the variant brings. So next Sunday bring your personal cup and time to spend after church in socializing with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Stretch & Pray will not meet today, April 17. See you next Sunday!
Home Sweet Home Ministries has a need for supplies for bag lunches. OSLC is currently collecting water bottles and single-serve bags of chips. We will also accept monetary donations and do the shopping for you. You can leave donations in the narthex.