Worship: Easter Sunday 2018

Audio from Easter Sunday – April 1, 2018.  Bulletin here or below.

Green Pastures with Jesus is the podcast from Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church of Fairmont, MN.  Here you’ll find a variety of segments to lead you to the green pastures of the Word of God, where our Good Shepherd feeds our faith.  

 

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Bible class & Sunday School follow at 10:40 AM.

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Intro & Outro courtesy of Koine - The Church Band.  Check them out at www.koinemusic.com, or find them on iTunes & Amazon: Search for Koine.

Bible text from Biblegateway.com - EHV.

Welcome to Shepherd of the Lakes!  We’re here to shepherd Christ’s flock and seek the lost sheep by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with all.  Come, let us worship!

For your convenience, in the back corner of the sanctuary there is a room for any parents with children in need of a quiet place.  The restrooms are located on the lower level.  Please ask if you have any further questions or concerns.  

Lord Jesus, you conquered sin, death, and Satan through your victorious resurrection.  Grant that I always treasure my baptism, in which I have been buried and raised with you.  Lead me to find comfort in your resurrection for me; AMEN.

Resurrection & Forgiveness:

In the forgiveness of sins, the terrors of sin and of eternal death must be overcome in the heart. Paul testifies about this in 1 Corinthians 15:56–57, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” In other words, sin terrifies consciences. This happens through the Law, which shows God’s wrath against sin. But we gain the victory through Christ. How? Through faith, when we comfort ourselves by confidence in the mercy promised for Christ’s sake.  Therefore, we prove that God’s wrath cannot be appeased if we set our own works against it. For Christ has been set forth as an Atoning Sacrifice so, that for His sake, the Father may be reconciled to us. But Christ is not received as a Mediator except through faith. Therefore, by faith alone we receive forgiveness of sins when we comfort our hearts with confidence in the mercy promised for Christ’s sake.

Apology to the Augsburg Confession, Article 4  (Concordia p. 92)

Because He Knew: He Rose from the Dead

Jesus rose from the dead - alleluia!
How does the resurrection affect our lives today & forever?

OPENING HYMN: 149 – Christ the Lord is Risen Today

The children are invited forward during verses 5 & 6 to hang their “Alleluia!” banners on the hooks.  

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE: Why “Alleluia”?

EASTER DIALOGUE: 

Please stand.

M: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen!

Lord, we confess to you our sinful condition and our sinful behavior. 

Have mercy on us, Father in heaven. Bless us and keep us.

Lord, we realize that we have earned your temporal and eternal punishment.

Have mercy on us, Lord Jesus. Make your face shine on us and be gracious to us. 

Lord, we are not able to make up for our sins, nor can we set ourselves free from the guilt of our sin.  You alone must work all good within us. 

Have mercy on us, Holy Spirit. Turn your face toward us and give us peace. 

Jesus was delivered over to death for the sake of our sins. In raising him from the dead, God declared you righteous  Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven. Christ is risen! 

He is risen indeed! 

CW 143 v. 1

He’s risen, he’s risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord;
He opened death’s prison, the incarnate Word.
Break forth, hosts of heaven, in jubilant song;
And earth, sea, and mountain the praises prolong!

This is the day which the Lord has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Alleluia!

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Brothers and sisters, since we have been raised with Christ, let us set our hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  (Col. 3:1)

For God, who created light to shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  (2 Cor. 4:6)

Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

CW 143 v. 2 & 3

The foe was triumphant when on Calvary;
The Lord of creation was nailed to the tree.
In Satan’s domain did the hosts shout and jeer;
For Jesus was slain, whom the evil ones fear!

But short was their triumph; the Savior arose,
And death, hell, and Satan he vanquished, his foes.
The conquering Lord lifts his banner on high;
He lives, yes, he lives, and will nevermore die!

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed – yet in my flesh, I will see God; I myself will see him, with my own eyes; I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!  (John 19:25-27)

In righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.  (Psalm 17:15)  

Death has been swallowed up in victory.

Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting? 
(1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

CW 143 v. 4

Oh, where is your sting, death?  We fear you no more;
Christ rose, and now open is fair Eden’s door!
For all our transgressions his blood does atone;
Redeemed and forgiven, we now are his own!

Fellow Christians, set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  (Col 3:2-3)

When Christ appears, then we also will appear with him in glory.  (Col 3:4)  Fellow Christians, may the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, in our homes, and in our lives.  (Col 3:15)

Let us pray: Almighty God, by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you conquered death and opened the gate to eternal life. Grant that we, who have been raised with him through baptism, may walk in the newness of life and ever rejoice in the hope of sharing his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be eternal power, dominion, and praise now and forever;

To him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, and glory and power, forever and ever!  Amen!

CW 143 v. 5

Then sing your hosannas and raise your glad voice;
Proclaim the blest tidings that all may rejoice.
Laud, honor, and praise to the Lamb that was slain;
Who now sits in glory, and ever shall reign!

The Word

FIRST READING: Isaiah 25:6-9

The shroud of death destroyed forever:

6On this mountain the LORD of Armies will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food, a banquet of aged wines, with the best cuts of meat, and the finest wines. 

7On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that covers all peoples, the burial cloth stretched over all nations. 

8He has swallowed up death forever! The LORD God will wipe away the tears from every face. He will take away the shame of his people throughout the earth. For the LORD has spoken. 

9On that day it will be said, “Look, here is our God! We waited for him, and he saved us! This is the LORD! We waited for him. Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation!”
This is the Word of the Lord.   
Alleluia!  Christ is risen!

CHORAL ANTHEM: Christ the Lord is Risen Today! Alleluia!
(Hymn #150 – The congregation is invited to join vv. 2 & 4)

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Jesus Christ, the firstfruits from death:

19If our hope in Christ applies only to this life, we are the most pitiful people of all. 20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came by a man, the resurrection of the dead also is going to come by a man. 22For as in Adam they all die, so also in Christ they all will be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ as the firstfruits and then Christ’s people, at his coming. 24Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has done away with every other ruler and every other authority and power. 25For he must reign “until he has put all his enemies under his feet.” 26Death is the last enemy to be done away with. 

THEME VERSE: Psalm 118:24

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

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

Alleluia!

GOSPEL READING: Mark 16:1-8

The Resurrection:

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could go and anoint Jesus. 2Very early on the first day of the week, at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3They were saying to each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb for us?” 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 

5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6He said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” 

8They went out and hurried away from the tomb, trembling and perplexed. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. 

This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.  Praise be to you, O Christ!

HYMN OF THE DAY: 152 - I Know that My Redeemer Lives

Verse 1-2 - Everyone    
Verse 3 - Men
Verse 4 - Everyone
Verse 5 - Women
Verse 6 - Men
Vv. 7-8 - Everyone

SERMON based on 1 Corinthians 15: A Broken Tombstone for a Broken World

SUNG CONFESSION OF FAITH: Sung to the tune “Ode to Joy”
1. I believe in God the Father,   Maker of the heav’ns and earth!
And in Jesus Christ, our Savior,   God’s own Son, of human birth!
Virgin-born, the Lord’s incarnate,   Whom the Spirit did conceive,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate –   Our salvation to achieve!

2. Crucified, was dead and buried,   Down to hell in victory;
From the dead he rose the third day;   Up to heav’n triumphantly.
There at God’s right hand he’s ruling,   By his will the world is led.
He will come to judge the nations,   Both the living and the dead!

3. I believe in God the Spirit,   In his church, his chosen band.
They are joined in close communion,   Holy in his sight they stand!
I believe in sin forgiven;   That the dead will rise again;
I believe in life eternal.   Amen! And again, Amen!

OFFERING

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Please rise for prayer.

O God of peace, who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, we thank and praise you for the mercy you have shown us through his glorious resurrection. Grant that on this day believers throughout the world may see the fullness of your grace and peace. 

Give us a living hope to believe that the grave has no power over us and that we have been made partakers of eternal life.

Almighty God, as your Son on this day rose from the dead for us, victorious over sin and the grave, grant that sin may no longer live in our hearts. By the power of his resurrection set our minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Encourage our Christian lives of thankfulness, that we may live in our baptismal grace every day of our lives.  

Rule over the nations of the earth, O Lord, that they may join the hosts of heaven in songs of Christ's victorious triumph. Comfort us through your Sacrament, that our eyes may be fixed more on the life to come than on this world; that our hearts may rest in your promise of preservation, rather than worry.  Above all, give us persistence in reading, studying, applying, and sharing your Word of truth.

Your Word alone can build your church, and your Word alone proclaims forgiveness, life, and salvation through Jesus Christ.  

In every adversity and trial preserve us, O Lord. Heal the sick, giving them the hope of a glorious body in the resurrection of the dead. With your Easter victory, remove the fear of death from the hearts of the dying, and the sadness of death from hearts that feel the loss of family and friends. Defend the weak and vulnerable, especially the unborn, the aged, those coping with chronic illness, those who bear extra pain for their faithful confession of your truth, and all who are hungry, homeless, or unemployed.

Lead us to daily sorrow and repentance, and nourish our faith through your chosen Means of Grace.

We give thanks for all those who have died and now live with Christ in the triumph of Easter, especially our own faithful departed loved ones.

Unite us with them in the hope of the resurrection of the dead.

Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.

Silent prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hall0wed 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.

 

The Sacrament

For our Holy Communion practice, please see the purple sheet in the pew racks.

COMMUNION LITURGY: p. 21

DISTRIBUTION HYMN: 265 – This is the Feast of Victory

SONG OF SIMEON: CW p. 24

CLOSING HYMN: 250 – From All that Dwell Below the Skies

THIS WEEK

Today        1 Kings 6

        7:30-9  Easter Breakfast

        9:30 - Easter Festival Worship

        11:10 - Bible Study: 1 Corinthians 15

Monday    1 Kings 7

        7 PM - Pre-call Council meeting

Tuesday    1 Kings 8

        No CAP class.

Wednesday    1 Kings 9

        No catechism class.

Thursday    1 Kings 10

        6 PM - Lutheran Women Project Hour

        7 PM - Devotion & LW Business Meeting

Friday        1 Kings 11

        3:45-7:30 PM - Family Fun Fair.  (Speak with Doris if you can help!)

Saturday    1 Kings 12

        8 AM - Men’s Bible Breakfast @The Ranch

        9:30 AM - Bible Basics 

Sunday    1 Kings 13

        9:30 - Easter 2 Worship

        10:45 - Bible Class & Sunday School

        Pres. Degner will be on hand to lead our Bible study. 
        A voters’ meeting will convene at the conclusion of Bible study.

Q: Why does Easter Sunday move around?  Some years it’s near the end of March, other years it’s later in April.

A: Jesus was crucified during the Jewish Passover.  For this reason, the Christian church has always observed Easter at the same time as the Jewish Passover.  Passover moves around slightly, as the Jews follow a lunar calendar.  

Passover always falls on the 14th day of the first Hebrew calendar month, the month of Nisan.  The month begins with the first sighting of a lunar crescent, just after a new moon.  14 days after the first sliver of a waxing moon, the moon is a full moon; this is Passover.  Passover begins at sundown & continues through sundown the next day.  The Passover lamb was slaughtered at dusk on the day of Passover and consumed before sunrise; the leftovers were burned.  (See Exodus 12:10.)  In Holy Week, Passover began at sundown on Thursday & extended through sundown on Friday.  The meal needed to be consumed & leftovers burned before sunrise on Friday.  

For an interesting sidenote, see John 18:28 and 19:14.  The chief priests & Pharisees had delayed in eating the Passover and wanted to convict & crucify Jesus quickly; thus, they waited outside of Pilate’s palace so that they would remain ceremonially clean for eating the Passover meal.  Waiting outside delayed the final verdict, with the result that they did not partake in the Passover before sunrise.  According to Jewish law, they ought to have been excommunicated from the nation – see Numbers 9:13.

The Council of Nicea (AD 325) standardized the celebration of Christ’s resurrection as the first Sunday after the full moon in Vernal Equinox.  (The vernal equinox is the astronomical first day of spring, halfway between the winter & summer solstices.)  This full moon is also known as the “Paschal full moon” – Paschal, meaning Passover.  Thus, by our calendar, Easter is the Sunday following the first full moon after March 20 (March 20, the standardized date for the vernal equinox.)  

The earliest possible date for Easter is March 22 (last observed in 1818, next observed in 2285.)  The latest possible date for Easter is April 25 (last observed in 1943, next observed in 2038.)  In recent years, Easter has fallen on March 23, 2008 and April 24, 2011.  

If Easter is late, the church year includes more Sundays in the season of Epiphany (January-February.)  If Easter is early, the church year includes more Sundays in the season of Pentecost (June-October.)  

Q: When was Jesus crucified?

A: Passover is helpful in pinpointing the year & date of Christ’s crucifixion.  Historically, Pontius Pilate was governor of Palestine from AD 26-36.  Thus, Jesus must have been crucified sometime between 26 & 36.  

Scripture tells us that Christ ate the Passover with his disciples Thursday evening, and Saturday would be a “great” or “important” Sabbath – as it would be the Sabbath of Passover.

Joseph of Arimathea & Nicodemus hasten to bury Jesus before the “Great Sabbath” of the Passover / Unleavened Bread celebration.  They need to bury Christ so that they would be able to “keep” the Sabbath by not working.  The Sabbath (Saturday) began at sundown.  (We count days somewhat differently, with two different & commonly-observed conventions: A new day technically begins at midnight, but we recognize that sunrise also marks a new day.)  Since the Sabbath began at sundown, the women observers went home Friday evening but refrained from preparing spices until after sundown on Saturday “in obedience to the Sabbath commandment” (Luke 23:56).  

The governorship of Pontius Pilate tells us the possible years, AD 26-36.

The time of Passover tells us the dates on the Jewish lunar calendar: the 14th day of the lunar month of Nisan.  This day, roughly halfway through the lunar cycle, would be a full moon.  (Coincidentally, a solar eclipse is impossible during a full moon.  The sun actually stopped shining on Good Friday afternoon.)

The reference to Sabbath tells us Christ was crucified on Friday of the
eight-day Passover/Unleavened Bread celebration. 

Between the years of AD 26-36, only the years 30 and 33 have a Friday full moon - April 7, AD 30 and April 3, AD 33.  These are the two historical options for when the Son of God gave his life for our salvation.