EASTER SUNDAY – HE IS RISEN! Online Church Bulletin

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The Resurrection of Our Lord

April 17, 2022

We have followed Jesus to the cross, the tomb, and now we follow Jesus out of the tomb as He rises from the dead and appears to another witness: Mary Magdalene. Jesus’ Easter morning resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene might be unexpected. After all, Mary had endured a terrible past. Jesus had cast seven demons out of her in the early part of His ministry. But Mary is chosen to be this eyewitness, and she exclaims to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord” (John 20:18). Mary is the first to see Jesus’ resurrected glory and proclaim this good news, which we speak again and again today, “Alleluia! Christ is risen!”

+ Preparation +

OPENING HYMN: #457 – Jesus Christ Is Risen Today


Pastor:            In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.


Pastor:            Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:         He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor:            We have followed Christ to the cross.

People:         We have followed Him as He was buried in the tomb.

Pastor:            This morning we see that the tomb is empty, for Christ is risen.

People:         He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor:            Jesus first appears to Mary Magdalene.

People:         At first, Mary doesn’t recognize Him,

Pastor:            but then, Jesus speaks her name, and she sees Jesus clearly.

People:         Mary announces the good news, “I have seen the Lord.”


Pastor:            Though Mary announces this good news to Jesus’ disciples, they struggle to believe her. Perhaps because of her past, they do not find her trustworthy. Perhaps their fear is too great and prevents their belief. Whatever the case, though, the greatest event in history had occurred, everyone was still in confusion. We, too, struggle with disbelief in our sin. Our heavenly Father invites us to bring all our struggles and sins to Him and receive His forgiveness.

People:        Heavenly Father, we have sinned against You in the things we have done and the things we have failed to do. We have not loved You with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Our sin is a daily reminder of our need for Jesus and His forgiveness. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Pastor:           Our heavenly Father hears you and has sent Jesus to take your sin upon Himself on the cross. Your sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus. Your sins were buried in the tomb with Jesus. And as Jesus rises from the grave, your sin does not rise with Him. Your sins are forgiven because of Jesus and His love. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:        Amen. We are forgiven by the grace and glory of Jesus.

Pastor:           Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:        He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

+ Word +

PSALM – Psalm 100 (spoken responsively as marked)

1Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
      2Serve the Lord with gladness!
      Come into his presence with singing!

3Know that the Lord, he is God!
      It is he who made us, and we are his;
      we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
      and his courts with praise!
      Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5For the Lord is good;
      his steadfast love endures forever,
      and his faithfulness to all generations.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


Pastor:            Lord, have mercy.

People:          Christ, have mercy.

Pastor:            Lord, have mercy.


Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:          And also with you.

Pastor:            Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, You came from the heavens down to this world and endured the suffering and shame of the cross and grave, but You are arisen to new life, guaranteeing our own resurrection from the dead. Encourage us as we wait for Your return to delight in Your resurrection and faithfully proclaim this good news, just as Mary Magdalene did, so that more people may come to believe in You as Lord; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:          Amen.


1“At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be My people.”

2Thus says the Lord:

“The people who survived the sword

found grace in the wilderness;

when Israel sought for rest,

3the Lord appeared to him from far away.

I have loved you with an everlasting love;

therefore I have continued My faithfulness to you.

4Again I will build you, and you shall be built,

O virgin Israel!

Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines

and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.

5Again you shall plant vineyards

on the mountains of Samaria;

the planters shall plant

and shall enjoy the fruit.

6For there shall be a day when watchmen will call

in the hill country of Ephraim:

‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,

to the Lord our God.’ ”

Pastor:             This is the Word of the Lord.

People:          Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE – Colossians 3:1–4

1If then 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 appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:          Thanks be to God.

VERSE 2 Timothy 1:10b

Alleluia. Christ Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL – John 20:1–18

Pastor:            The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth chapter.

People:          Glory to You, O Lord.

1Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away 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.” 3So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who had 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 went back to their homes.

11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one 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.” 14Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” 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 Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’” 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that He had said these things to her.

Pastor:             This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:          Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN OF THE DAY: #633 – At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing



I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
      maker of heaven and earth
            and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      the only-begotten Son of God,
      begotten of His Father before all worlds,
      God of God, Light of Light,
      very God of very God,
      begotten, not made,
      being of one substance with the Father,
      by whom all things were made;
      who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
      and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
      and was made man;
      and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
      He suffered and was buried.
      And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
            and ascended into heaven
      and sits at the right hand of the Father.
      And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
      the Lord and giver of life,
      who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
      who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
      who spoke by the prophets.
      And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
      I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
      and I look for the resurrection of the dead
      and the life + of the world to come. Amen.


After each petition:

Pastor:      … Lord, in Your mercy:

People:    hear our prayer.

At conclusion:

Pastor:      … both now and forevermore.

People:    Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER      Matthew 6:9–13

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

      forever and ever. Amen.


Pastor:            Let us pray.
Almighty God the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:          Amen.

BENEDICTION         Numbers 6:24–26

Pastor:            The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

People:          Amen.


Pastor:            Go in peace! Serve the Lord!

People:          Thanks be to God.

CLOSING HYMN: #465 – Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds

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