Sunday, 21 April 2019 – Easter Day, Year C

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs.

Altar colour: White or Gold

Orders of service:

You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

Sunday Word & Prayer- Easter Day C ( pdf / doc / ppt )
Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
Service orders with holy communion

Hymnic service with Communion – Easter Day (doc / ppt)
Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)

SERMONS

Edited for Lay-reading

Based on First Reading: sermon – acts 10 38 – year c – easter1
Based on Second Reading: Sermon_1 Corinthians 15:19-26_Pr Andrew Brook ;

Based on Gospel Reading: sermon – john 20 1-18 – year abc – easter1; Sermon_John 20:1-18_Pr Tim Ebbs ; Sermon_Luke 24:1-12_Pr Joshua Pfeiffer

Other sermons from Lutheran pastors:

Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon.

Based on gospel of Luke:  Pr Heath Pukallus

Liturgy

OPENING SENTENCES

Christ is risen. (Alleluia!)
He is risen indeed. (Alleluia!)
He has trampled down death by his death. (Alleluia)
He has given eternal life to us. (Alleluia)

OR
This is the day that the Lord has made; (Alleluia)
let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Alleluia)  (Psalm 118:24 NRSV)

OR
Jesus says: I was dead, but see! I am alive forever and ever; (Alleluia)
and I have the keys to Death and Hades. (Alleluia)  (Rev 1:18 NRSV)

PASCHAL CANDLE

If the paschal candle has not been lit during the Easter vigil, it may be lit at the beginning of the service using the following responses instead of the opening sentences.

Christ is risen. (Alleluia!)
He is risen indeed. (Alleluia!)

Christ has trampled down death by his death,
and has brought light to those in the grave.
And to us he has given eternal life.
Thanks be to God.

In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The paschal candle may be lit.
Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be glad,
and all creation, both seen and unseen, keep the feast.
Thanks be to God.

The candle may be lifted up.
May the light of Christ, rising in glory,
dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
Thanks be to God.

The candle is then placed in its stand in the sanctuary.
The light of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

INTRODUCTION TO THE CONFESSION OF SINS

Friends in Christ:
God the Father gave Jesus to die for our sins
and raised him to life in order to put us right with himself.
Let us confess our sins to God our Father,
and ask him to forgive us
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Continue with the call to confession according to the order being used.

 LORD, HAVE MERCY

Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, you suffered under Pontius Pilate,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, you were crucified between two criminals,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, you died amidst ridicule and contempt,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, you were buried like all the dead,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, you rose again on the third day,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, you are exalted at God’s right hand,
have mercy on us.

OR

Let us call on the Lord, to whom we belong through our baptism.
Lord Jesus Christ, you have broken the power of death:
Lord, have mercy.
You share your own life with us:
Christ, have mercy.
You fill us with hope and joy:
Lord, have mercy.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (Collect): Choose one of the following

For a dawn service
Traditional
O God,
since you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ,
to suffer death upon the cross
for our redemption,
and to deliver us from the power of the enemy
by his glorious resurrection:
Grant us so to die daily to sin,
so that we may live forever with him
who died and rose again for us,
and who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
O God,
you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ,
to redeem us by dying on the cross,
and to rescue us from the power of the enemy
by rising from the dead.
With each new day,
put to death everything that is sinful in us,
so that we may live forever with him
who died and rose again for us,
and who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

For the main service of the day
Traditional
Almighty God,
since you have overcome sin and death
by the death of your Son,
and have restored innocence and eternal life
by his resurrection,
so that we may be delivered from the power of the devil
and live in your kingdom:
Grant that we may confidently believe this
and always praise you with our whole heart;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty God,
you have overcome sin and death
through the death of your Son,
and have brought forgiveness and eternal life
through his resurrection.
Help us confidently to believe this
and always praise you with our whole heart.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, another traditional
Almighty God,
you have overcome death
through your Son Jesus Christ,
and have opened for us
the gate to eternal life.
As you give us good desires,
help us continually
to bring them to good effect.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray that we rejoice in Christ’s victory. [silence])
Everliving God,
we thank you that you have overcome
the old powers of sin and death
through the mighty resurrection of your Son,
and have made all things new in him.
Make us dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

CHILDREN’S ADDRESS: Easter Sunday Year C

BIBLE READINGS

First Reading        Acts 10:34-43 Summary of Jesus’ life and ministry OR Isaiah 65:17-25 God’s new creation
Psalm        Psalm 118: 1,2,14-24*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
Second Reading    1 Corinthians 15:19-26 Christ is the first to rise from death OR (if not used as the first reading) Acts 10:34-43 Summary of Jesus’ life and ministry

ALLELUIA VERSE

Alleluia.
(Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
Alleluia.)
Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the festival.  (1 Cor 5:7b,8a NRSV alt)
Alleluia.

OR

Alleluia.
Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
Alleluia.
The life he lives, he lives to God.  (Rom 6:9,10)
Alleluia.
Gospel    John 20:1-18 Mary finds the tomb empty and Jesus appears to her OR Luke 24:1-12 The women find the tomb empty

Notes on the Readings

PRAYER AFTER THE GOSPEL

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for rising from death.
Let us share in your new life forever.
Amen.

OFFERING PRAYER

Everliving God,
let the resurrection of your Son
fill us with hope and joy.
May our lives and our gifts
help to bring your new life to others.
Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH (General Prayer):   Prayer of the Church – Easter 1C , Prayer of the Church- Easter Day (sung)

Additional Prayer Points

Visit the Mission International website to access their prayer points, which you may like to include in the Prayer of the Church, or in your bulletin. You can also download a Lenten Prayer Guide.

Resources for services with Holy Communion

PREFACE

It is indeed right and good,
Lord God, holy Father,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But most of all we praise you
for the glorious resurrection of your Son,
the true Passover Lamb,
who has taken away the sin of the world.
By his death he has destroyed death,
and by his rising again he has restored life.
And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter
and all the other witnesses of the resurrection,
with earth and sea and all their creatures,
and with angels and archangels,
cherubim and seraphim,
we adore and praise your glorious name:

COMMUNION INVITATION

Jesus says: ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

 PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Heavenly Father,
you gave your Son to die and raised him to give us eternal life.
Grant that we who have received his body and blood
may live in him and serve you as your children.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Almighty God,
you have overcome death
through your Son Jesus Christ,
and have opened for us
the gate to eternal life.
As you have given us
the benefits of his death and resurrection
in this sacrament,
help us continually
to bring them to good effect in our lives.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

SEASONAL BLESSING

This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.

(May) the God of peace,
who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus,
provide you with every good thing you need in order to do his will; . . .

DISMISSAL

Go in peace, as witnesses of the risen Lord.
Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

VISUAL ARTS

CROSS WITH FLOWERS

If a large, life-size cross was used for the ‘Adoration of Christ on the Cross’ on Good Friday, it may now be decorated with flowers. This can be done by covering the cross with chicken-wire, and placing the flowers into the wire.

You can access excellent examples of church art relevant to each season of the Church year, curated by the Department of Visual Arts.

Easter Sunday PPT Slides: General /Traditional / Modern / Modern2
Easter Sunday PPT Slides formatted for older versions of PPT: General /Traditional / Modern / Modern2

Simply download your preferred slides and copy the liturgy and songs into each slide.

Other visual art resources
There are some great sites which have good quality ppt slides and images which you may find helpful:

DRAMA

Dramatising the Readings

The readings can be read by more than one person to make the dramatic meaning of the text clearer. For instance, the gospel from John could be read by three readers: narrator (the pastor), Mary, and Jesus; or the gospel from Luke could be read by two readers: narrator (the pastor) and an angel. Whichever gospel is read, it may be dramatised with the minister reading the narrator’s part and others reading, acting or miming the parts of the witnesses at the tomb.

Two dramas you may wish to use: Easter Dialogue ; Easter Play

Play scripts and scores for Easter and Christmas plays and a range of skits may be downloaded at a small cost from Our Saviour Lutheran Church Aberfoyle Park.

There are a number of websites where you can source good quality short films for use in worship service, including: The Skit Guys

MUSIC AND SONG

Song/Hymn suggestions:
* =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH

First reading (a):Acts 10:34-43
LHS

16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6 (vv 1,2,4,5)
90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
232    Rise, Thou light of gentile nations* G4
761    Christ is alive! Let Christians sing G3
791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5

AT

61    Hallelujah my Father
125    Man more than man
133    When Jesus came to earth from heaven
227    Allelu!

TIS

194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
355    Man more than man
365    Christ the Lord is risen again
383    Joyful the morning when Jesus is risen!
387    Christ is alive ! Let Christians sing

First reading (b):Isaiah 65:17-25
LHS


AT

TIS

489    We know that Christ is raised and dies no more (baptism)

Second reading (a): 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
LHS

90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
91    Christ the Lord is risen today G4
93    Christ is arisen G8
95    He is risen, He is risen* G3
99    Welcome, Thou Victor in the strife* G6
100    Awake, my heart, rejoicing* G5
101    Jesus lives! Thy terrors now* G5
102    Hallelujah, hallelujah* G5
479    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives* G5
762    Make songs of joy to Christ, our head G8
767    This joyful Eastertide G7
769    With high delight let us unite G7

AT

171    Dying you destroyed our death

TIS

141    Praise to the holiest in the height
216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
359    Alleluia (v 4)
365    Christ the Lord is risen again
366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
372    Jesus lives! Your terrors now
379    He is risen, he is risen!
381    This joyful Eastertide
386    By your kingly power, O risen Lord
388    Easter glory fills the sky
489    We know that Christ is raised and dies no more
543    God’s Paschal Lamb is sacrificed for us (esp vv 2,3)

Second reading (b): Acts 10:34-43
As for first reading (a) above

Gospel (a): John 20:1-18
LHS
From the Easter sections, especially the following:

88    Jesus Christ is risen today G5
89    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands* G5
90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
91    Christ the Lord is risen today G4
92    Christ the Lord is risen today G in STJ (alt tune 88, add alleluias, G5)
96    Ere yet the dawn has filled the skies G8
97    The strife is o’er G5
101    Jesus lives! thy terrors now * G5
105    Good Christian men, rejoice and sing * G5
479    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives * G5
764    Now the green blade rises GS
766    The Son is up GS
768    We welcome glad Easter GS
770    Yours is the glory G6

AT

15    Love has come again
26    He is Lord
160    Resurrection shout
179    Come let us eat
263    Singing all praises (v 3)
312    Celebrate
346    Jesus is alive today
437    I have seen the Lord
531    How the world was won
544   Christ is risen from the dead
545   Easter Alleluia
556   Singing Hallelujah!

TIS

361    The day of resurrection
362    Jesus Christ is risen today
364    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands
365    Christ the Lord is risen again
366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
367    The strife is past, the battle done
368    This is the day the Lord has made
370    Christ the Lord is risen today
372    Jesus lives! your terrors now
375    Come let us with the Lord arise
379    He is risen, he is risen!
380    Yours be the glory
382    Now the green blade rises
388    Easter glory fills the sky (vv 1-4,7,8)
391    Come God’s people, sing for joy (baptism)
660    Myrrh-bearing Mary


Gospel (b): Luke 24:1-12

As for (a), plus:
LHS

AT

452    Why do you look among the dead

TIS

360    Light’s reddening dawn gleams through the sky
363    My daughters and my sons hear tell (vv 1,2,3)

PSALM 118:1,2,14-24

TIS 74, Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, is a version of Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23,24.
OR
Use the energetic ‘Psallite Deo/This is the day the Lord has made’ in Music from Taize, Volume II, page 51. A strong cantor is required for this.
OR
ATN 2 is a paraphrase of Psalm 118:24 and may be used for the psalm.
OR
The following paraphrase of Psalm 118 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘St Denio’ (LHS 768, TIS 143). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

verses 1-2,14
Give thanks to the Lord, for his goodness and love.
‘His love is forever’, let Israel say:
The Lord is my strength, my salvation and might,
the homes of the righteous are filled with glad songs.

verses 15-16
‘How bold and how brave is the power of the Lord;
so high and exalted, the power of the Lord!
The power of the Lord has brought vict’ry to us!
So mighty in battle, so steadfast in love!’

verse 17-18
So I shall not die – no, I’m sure I will live
to tell of the Lord and the things he has done.
And, though I was punished, because of my sin,
he did not forsake me or leave me to die.

verses 19-21
So open the door of the temple to me,
and let me go in to give thanks to the Lord.
The righteous shall enter the door of the Lord.
‘My saving God, thank you for hearing my prayer.’

verses 22-24
The stone that the builders rejected is now
the chief cornerstone of the temple of God.
The Lord God has done this, a marvelous sight,
The Lord made this day, let’s rejoice and be glad.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 118 p197 , Psalm 118 p198 , Psalm 118 p200

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
Metrical Psalms
by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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