Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
- Philippians 4:6
- Philippians 4:6
No one will care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Text: John 11:25-26
Theme: Easter = Contentment
For the people of God, the Festival of the Resurrection of our Lord needs little introduction. This morning we gather to hear the glorious news that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. Because he lives, we will live…forever. And because our Lord has triumphed over the grave, “alleluia” makes a triumphant return to our worship today after a six-week absence during Lent and Holy Week. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
THE FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 12:1-6
Isaiah leads us in an Easter song of praise. We sing to the LORD
with joyful and contented hearts because of what he has done for us this day.
THE SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
St. Paul gives an excellent summary of our Christian faith. Christ Jesus lived, died, and rose again for us. He appeared to many people, proving that he had indeed risen from the dead and is our Savior.
THE GOSPEL LESSON: Luke 24:1-12
The first witnesses of the empty tomb were the women who went to anoint Jesus’ body with spices. The angels announced to them the great good news: “He is not here; he has risen!” They, in turn, told the disciples – who were not immediately convinced that Christ had indeed risen.
(numbered hymns are from "Christian Worship" unless otherwise noted)
156 - Awake, My Heart, With Gladness
341 (v. 3) - Crown Him with Many Crowns
160 - This Joyful Eastertide
158 - I Am Content! My Jesus Lives Again
152 (vs. 1,2,6,7,8) - I Know that My Redeemer Lives
Readings for the Week of Easter
M Acts 10:34-43
T Acts 13:16a, 26-33
W Acts 3:12-20
TH Acts 8:26-40
F 1 Peter 3:18-22
S 1 Peter 2:1-10