Worship Guide - Easter Sunday

Worship Guide

April 17, 2022

Easter Sunday

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World






Minister:    Christ is risen!

People:     Christ is risen indeed!


Special Music: “King of Kings” Stefanie


Centering Words:


Christ is risen, bringing joy, hope, and the promise of new life. May this day be a celebration of God’s abiding presence in our lives and in our world.


*Call to Worship:


Leader:   Christ is risen!

People:   Christ is risen indeed!

Leader:   This is the day the Lord has made.

People:  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Leader:   Let us pray.


ALL: God of new life and new possibilities, we gather to sing our songs of gladness and to share your steadfast love. Some of us come from the shadows of our lives, as we anticipate the light. Some of us come eager to learn, but are unsure of what it all means. Some of us come in grief, grateful to discover hope. Wherever we have come from, may we all find you, the risen Christ, the one who conquered death and proclaims new life for all. In the name of the  risen Christ, we pray. Amen.


Hymn: “Easter Alleluia”


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


Glory to God who does wondrous things,

let all the people God's praises now sing,

all of creation in splendor shall ring: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


See how salvation for all has been won,

up from the grave our new life has begun,

life now perfected in Jesus, the Son: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


Now in our presence the Lord will appear,

shine in the faces of all of us here,

fill us with joy and cast out all our fear: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


Call us, Good Shepherd we listen for you,

wanting to see you in all that we do,

we would the gate of salvation pass through:  Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


Lord, we are open to all that you say,

ready to listen and follow your way,

you are the potter and we are the clay: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!


If we have love, then we dwell in the Lord,

God will protect us from fire and sword,

fill us with love and the peace of his word: Alleluia!


Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!




Words of Assurance


Brothers and sisters, siblings in Christ, we are witnesses to the resurrection story.

As witnesses, may we find hope in Christ and be assured of God’s grace, forgiveness, and steadfast love. Amen



*Gospel Reading: Luke 24:1-12


1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5 The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has     risen. 6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.


Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!




Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me”


Children’s Message: “He is Risen!”


Hymn: “Because He Lives”


God sent his Son, they called him Jesus;

he came to love, heal, and forgive;

he lived and died to buy my pardon,

an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.


Because he lives, I can face tomorrow;

because he lives, all fear is gone;

because I know he holds the future,

and life is worth a living just because he lives


How sweet to hold a newborn baby;

and feel the pride and the joy that he gives;

but greater still, the calm assurance,

this child can face uncertain days because he lives.


Because he lives, I can face tomorrow;

because he lives, all fear is gone;

because I know he holds the future,

and life is worth a living just because he lives


And then one day, I'll cross that river;

I'll fight life's final war with pain;

and then as death gives way to victory,

I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know he reigns.


Because he lives, I can face tomorrow;

because he lives, all fear is gone;

because I know he holds the future,

and life is worth a living just because he lives


Sermon: “God Raised Him” Acts 10:34-43


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




 Prayers of the People: Joys and concerns

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer 




Invitation, Prayer of Confession and Pardon:


Christ our Lord invites to his table

all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God

and one another.


Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you

with our whole hearts.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the

cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

that proves God's love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!


In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Glory to God. Amen


 The Great Thanksgiving  


The Lord be with you

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity, and made covenant to be our sovereign God, brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey, and set before us the way of life.


And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.


By your great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of your Son from the dead and to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.


Once we were no people, but now we are your people, declaring your wonderful deeds in Christ, who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.


When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always, in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.


On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:


"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."


When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:


"Drink from this all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the             forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it in remembrance of me."


On the day you raised him from the dead he was recognized by his disciples in the breaking of the bread, and in the power of your Holy Spirit your Church has continued in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup.


And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of      faith


Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.


Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.


By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.  



And now with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

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.



As we share in the bread of life,

is it not a sharing in the body of Christ.


And as we share in the cup of Salvation,

Is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ.


Moment of Prayer and Meditation


Prayer of Thanks


Eternal God, we give you thanks

for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us. 

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to give ourselves to others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 





Hymn: “He Lives”


I serve a risen Savior,

he's in the world today;

I know that he is living,

whatever foes may say;

I see his hand of mercy,

I hear his voice of cheer,

and just the time I need him,

he's always near.


He lives, he lives,

Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me

along life's narrow way.

He lives, he lives,

salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know he lives?

He lives within my heart.


In all the world around me

I see his loving care,

and though my heart grows weary,

I never will despair.

I know that he is leading

through all the stormy blast;

the day of his appearing

will come at last.


He lives, he lives,

Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me

along life's narrow way.

He lives, he lives,

salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know he lives?

He lives within my heart.


Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,

lift up your voice and sing

eternal hallelujahs to

Jesus Christ the King!

The hope of all who seek him,

the help of all who find;

none other is so loving,

so good and kind.


He lives, he lives,

Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me

along life's narrow way.

He lives, he lives,

salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know he lives?

He lives within my heart.