The Resurrection of Our Lord

(Easter Day)


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Lutheran Service Book Divine Service Setting Three


457 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today LSB 457

1 Jesus Christ is risn today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

2 Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavnly king, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

3 But the pains which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky Hes king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

D 4 Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as His love; Alleluia!
Praise Him, all ye heavnly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

Text: tr. Lyra Davidica, 1708, London, alt.; (sts. 1–3): Latin, 14th cent.; (st. 4): Charles Wesley, 1707–88
Text: Public domain


The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

Invocation LSB 184

P In the name of the Father and of the TSon and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.


P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

Confession of Sins

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.


P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the TSon and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.



C Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

P 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 Lords 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.

C Amen.


Psalm Psalm 16; antiphon: v. 10

Preserve me, O God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the
Lord, You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land,
they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the
Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.

You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

First Reading Acts 10:34–43

Peter opened his mouth and said: Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Colossians 3:1–4

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.


Alleluia and Verse

C Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Holy Gospel Matthew 28:1–10

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-eighth chapter.

C Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise be to Thee, O Christ.


465 Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds LSB 465

1 Now all the vault of heavn resounds
In praise of love that still abounds:
Christ has triumphed! He is living!”
Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear!

Repeat their song of glory here:
Christ has triumphed! Christ has triumphed!”
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2 Eternal is the gift He brings,
Therefore our heart with rapture sings:
Christ has triumphed! He is living!”
Now still He comes to give us life

And by His presence stills all strife.
Christ has triumphed! He is living!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

3 O fill us, Lord, with dauntless love;
Set heart and will on things above
That we conquer through Your triumph;
Grant grace sufficient for lifes day
That by our lives we truly say:
Christ has triumphed! He is living!”
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

D 4 Adoring praises now we bring
And with the heavnly blessèd sing:
“Christ has triumphed! Alleluia!”
Be to the Father and our Lord,

To Spirit blest, most holy God,
All the glory, never ending!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Text: Paul Z. Strodach, 1876–1947, alt.
Text: © 1958 Augsburg Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004199


Easter 1 A April 9, 2023 Matthew 28:1-10

The Greatest Story Ever Told

The life of Our Lord Jesus Christ has been called “the greatest story ever told.” There was a movie about Jesus with that title. We have all heard that story many times. I don’t think I have to give anyone a spoiler alert if I say at the end Jesus rises from the dead. Imagine what a shocker that must have been for someone hearing the story of Jesus for the first time. So, what’s new in the greatest story ever told for us who already know the ending. There just might be in there some details, some nuances, some twists that maybe we haven’t considered in a while or perhaps never thought about at all.

Matthew begins by telling us that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to Jesus’ tomb. We know who Mary Magdalene is. Jesus cast seven demons out of her. The Bible never says exactly what Mary did when she was demon possessed. There has been speculation about her leading a sordid life, but the Bible never says that. What’s important is that she was a sinner in Satan’s grip who was saved by Jesus. That makes you and me just like her, a redeemed sinner.

Who was that other Mary? We presume she was the mother of James and Joseph who watched Jesus be crucified in the previous chapter of Matthew’s gospel. But Mary was a common name at that time and place. Jesus’ mother was named Mary. If it was important for us to know exactly who she was, scripture would have made it clear.

Maybe the point is that there are lots of Christians out there, people who are nameless and faceless to us, but God knows them. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you have to be well known or well connected. I would love to have everyone here have their name on our church membership rolls. But far more important is that your name is written in The Lamb’s Book of Life. You don’t have to be my or anyone else’s buddy to be a Christian, you only have to have Jesus as your friend.

Matthew also tells us that the two Mary’s went to Jesus’ tomb after the Sabbath, on the first day of the week. Some people want to quibble over the timeline. Saturday was the Sabbath; Sunday is the first day of the week. It’s that simple. When Christians debate little, inconsequential details like that, it’s an embarrassment to our faith.

Note how the women went “toward the dawn.” That’s early in the morning. Let’s give the Marys some credit for getting up at all. Their world had just come crashing down. Jesus’ death had devastated them, it crashed all their hopes. I admit there have been times when I have had a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning because the thought of facing another day was more than I could handle.

I’ve bet you have felt that way sometime too. All that got me up, and probably got the women up, was the dogged faith God was going to get us through some way somehow. How blessed we are that God gets us perpendicular each day and headed toward the dawn. Amazing things can happen in life if you just show up.

At about that time, there was an earthquake. You recall there was also an earthquake when Jesus died too. In the Lord’s Prayer we pray that “Thy will be done or earth as it is in Heaven.” Sometimes momentous events in the heavenly sphere are accompanied by dramatic events in the earthly sphere. Nature was in tune with Jesus’ atoning death and his glorious resurrection. All of Creation witnesses to Christ.

An angel descended and rolled back the stone sealing the tomb. That was no small feat. A stone like that would have required several strong men to move it. You notice that angels are present at the most crucial moments in Jesus’ life: his birth, his temptation, his agony in the garden, and here at his resurrection.

We tend to think of angels as cute little cherubs. In the Bible everyone’s first reaction when they see an angel is terror. Angels are fierce. The tough Roman soldiers tremble faint when they see them. To the women the angel says “Fear not.” That’s what angels always say. And the women, full of faith, did not faint, they conversed with the heavenly being.

Apparently, Jesus had been raised before the angel descended. In our Creed we confess our belief that, as the Bible says, Jesus descended into Hell. That was before he appeared to anyone on earth. It was a victory lap Jesus took around the nether world proclaiming his victory. The angel didn’t unseal the tomb to let Jesus out – Jesus didn’t need any help. The angel opened the tomb to let the women in so they could be witnesses.

First, the angel tells the Marys that Jesus is risen. If one of God’s angels says it, you can believe it. Think of all the lies and false predictions we so easily believe that come from human beings with sinister, ulterior intentions, and how hard it is for us to believe a heavenly angel or God’s handpicked human eyewitnesses. Not only did the women hear that Jesus was risen, they saw the evidence of the empty tomb. With the guards there and the heavy stone, no one could have stolen Jesus’ body. And don’t even try to say that Jesus faked his death or was in a coma and revived and escaped. Jesus had been beaten to a pulp and the soldiers who crucified him knew their business – no way were they going to fail to carry out a death sentence. That would mean their death. Jesus had died and Jesus was raised. Case closed!

The angel told the women to go tell Jesus’ disciples what they had heard and seen, and let them know Jesus was going to appear to them. It’s said the women went with “fear and great joy.” How could they feel both fear and joy? If Jesus is risen, the possibilities for us are endless and that’s both a good thing and more than a little frightening.

We think we know the world. We are comfortable with our way of life. If Jesus is alive, it changes everything. We can’t go on living our mundane lives. We can let go of the grudges we’ve been nursing, and the bad attitudes we harbor, and the vices that have become habits – but do we really want to? Do we really want Jesus to be our Lord or are we not ready for an upgrade over the idols we’ve been serving?

Next is a surprising twist. The women meet Jesus. Sometimes, when we’re busy with something else, Jesus surprise us. He finds us when we aren’t expecting him. What did the women do when they encountered the risen Christ? What would you do? Ask Jesus questions? “Lord, can you make a rock so heavy that you yourself can’t lift it?” Maybe ask Jesus for a favor? “Jesus. I know now that you can do anything. Could you arrange for me to hit the Mega-millions just once. I’m not greedy.”

The Marys didn’t ask questions or ask favors. They worshipped. That’s the proper response. That’s what we ought to do. That is what we are doing. The Risen Christ is here among us today just as surely as he was with the women on that first Easter. Jesus said, “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Jesus is here in our gathering! Jesus is the incarnate Word of God. Here we proclaim the Word. You have heard Jesus speak. At the last Supper Jesus gave the disciples the sacrament of his body and blood. We will celebrate Holy Communion here today. Christ himself is present among us!

Jesus sent the women to tell his brothers he was going to meet them. Isn’t that incredible. Jesus doesn’t call his creatures or his slaves or his students. He calls us his family. He loves us. And he loves us so much, he is going to appear to us one more time in glory.

Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus ascended into Heaven, to his Father and our Father. One day, Christ will come again and take us to be with him forever in perfect peace and blessedness. There in his eternal kingdom there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death, no more tears. That is Good News we want to share with everyone. So, our Easter message is: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Amen



P The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

C Amen.

Nicene Creed

C 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 T of the world to come. Amen.


Each petitions ends with: P Lord in Your mercy, C hear our prayer

Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Almighty God, when doubt and fear weigh us down, console us with the certainty that Christ is risen from the dead and that He rules over all things for our good and greets us with life in His Means of Grace. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious Lord, lead Your people in Your steadfast love, and guide them in strength to Your holy abode. Sanctify our homes. Be the companion of those who live alone. Make our households places where Your wisdom and grace are found. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power. Grant that all in authority would govern according to Your will, maintaining order and curbing evil, that we may live in peace. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Righteous Lord, You have seated Christ at Your right hand for our deliverance. Remember those afflicted with illness and injury [including _____________]. Give them health and strength according to Your will. Sustain them in faith, knowing that, for Jesus’ sake, You will raise them in glory on the Last Day. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Eternal God, thanks be to You for victory over death through our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember all who mourn. Comfort them with the promise that You love them with an everlasting love, and will raise them and all Your people from the dead; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Offertory Invitation -Easter

Remembering the words of our Lord Jesus, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Let us give now with joy and thanksgiving our gifts, tithes and offerings to the Lord.

Choir Anthem

Offertory LSB 192

C Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

God our Father, on this holy day [in this holy season] you give us the joy of recalling the rising of Christ to new life. Accept the offerings of your people and by these Easter mysteries, bring us to the glory of the Resurrection. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Preface LSB 194

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them up unto the Lord.

P Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.

C It is meet and right so to do.

Proper Preface

P It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever-living God. But chiefly we are bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Lord; for he is the true Passover Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who by his death has destroyed death, and by his rising has brought us to eternal life. And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth;

heavn and earth are full of Thy glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Lords Prayer LSB 162

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.


P: When we eat this bread, we share the body of Christ. When we drink from this cup, we share the blood of Christ.

C: Reveal yourself to us, O Lord, in the breaking of bread as once you revealed yourself to your Apostles. Amen.

Agnus Dei

C O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us Thy peace. Amen.


The pastor and those who assist him receive the body and blood of Christ first and then distribute them to those who come to receive, saying:

Distribution LSB 199

Take, eat; this is the true body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, given into death for your sins.


Take, drink; this is the true blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, shed for the forgiveness of your sins.



The Dismissal

In dismissing the communicants, the following is said:

P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you in body and soul to life everlasting. Depart Tin peace.

C Amen.


Nunc Dimittis

C Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy word,

for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people,

a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Thanksgiving LSB 200

A O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,

C and His mercy endureth forever.

Post-Communion Prayer

P: Almighty God, you gave your Son both as a sacrifice for sin and a model of the godly life. Enable us to receive him always with thanksgiving and to conform our lives to his; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen


P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and Tgive you peace.

C Amen, amen, amen.

477 Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven LSB 477

1 Alleluia, alleluia!
Hearts to heavn and voices raise:
Sing to God a hymn of gladness,
Sing to God a hymn of praise;
He who on the cross a victim
For the worlds salvation bled
Jesus Christ, the King of Glory,

Now is risen from the dead.

2 Alleluia, Christ is risen!
Death at last has met defeat:
See the ancient powrs of evil
In confusion and retreat;
Once He died, and once was buried:
Now He lives forevermore,
Jesus Christ, the worlds Redeemer,
Whom we worship and adore.

D 3 Alleluia, alleluia!
Glory be to God on high:

Alleluia to the Savior
Who has gained the victory;

Alleluia to the Spirit,
Fount of love and sanctity!

Alleluia, alleluia
To the triune Majesty!

Text (sts. 1, 3): Christopher Wordsworth, 180785; (st. 2): rev. The Jubilate Group
Text (sts. 1, 3): Public domain
Text (st. 2): © 1982 The Jubilate Group, admin. Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004199


P Go in Peace! Serve the Lord!

C Praise be to God!


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