Easter Sunday April 12th, 2020
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!!!
The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!!
Easter is upon us once again….and like never before. We read, by faith with hope, the familiar acclamation that our Lord has defeated death! Know that he lives! Alleluia! As our 2020 news headlines bring us anxiousness, we are called to remember that our life is called to be a resurrected life. By our faith, we too, have been given the ultimate gift of eternal life and are called to live by Christ, through Christ and in Christ every day of our lives.
A Resurrected Life is one that honors the active, healing, Holy Spirit that was present in everything Jesus did — throughout his ministry, his life and his resurrection. This same Spirit is available to each of us. Our faith is affirmed as the Holy Spirit calls us to create, lead, offer compassion and hold up every one of our brothers and sisters in the world with love and prayer. Easter, in actuality, is every day our spirits are raised by the one Holy Spirit to lead a new, resurrected, everlasting life. In this year of the pandemic, we join with all those who are suffering, grieving and unsure of the future. But our futures are secure in the Lord…and for that we confidently proclaim: Alleluia!!!
Blessings and peace; I am prayerfully with you.
— Pastor Lisa
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Prayer of the Day: God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Read the Scripture lessons & Proclaim the Psalm:
Acts 10:34-43 (Faithful witnesses of a Living Savior)
PSALM 100 (God’s Steadfast Love Endures Forever)
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
Know 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.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Jeremiah 31:1-6 (A prophet’s vision for us)
Matthew 28:1-10 (The first post-resurrection sighting
Seek forgiveness with the words from 1John 8-9: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Bless us, forgive us and keep us, we pray.
Pray for all in need: those that are ill, those that are grieving, those caring for others, those hungry and homeless, those in need of Christ’s peace and love.
Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and pray the prayer Jesus himself taught us:
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 the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.
Consume the bread (found in the lid) and the cup of the fruit of the Vine, knowing they were blessed and offered to you with these words: The Bread: “The Body of Christ, given for you.” The fruit of the vine: “The Blood of Christ, shed for you.”
In Thanksgiving for everything, be blessed:
May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord look upon you with favor and give you + peace.