PRELUDE

LITURGY OF LIGHT

We will light the stones, symbolizing the stone rolled away from the tomb and the light of Christ emerging from within. 

 

God is with you.  And also with you.

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

Lighting the new Light

 

Let us pray. O God, you are like a refiner's fire, and your Spirit kindles the hearts of your faithful people. Bless this flame and those who keep this Easter celebration so that, burning with desire for life with you, they may be found fit to take part in that festival of Light which has no ending, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Lighting of the Paschal Candle

The lit Paschal Candle represents the light of Christ in the world.  ALL at home will light their candle.

 

May the light of Christ who rises this day in glory scatter the darkness of our hearts and minds. Extend your hand towards the candle, as you feel comfortable in doing so and Let us pray; Almighty God, pour out your abundant blessing on this lighted candle, so that all who share in your holy mysteries may be filled with your grace and spiritual blessings. Once we were in darkness, but since we have become your people, we are in the light. Help us to live as people who belong to the light. Come Holy Spirit!  You are Welcome Here!  Empower us in the light of Jesus!  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP – Resurrection Gospel

 

Gospel Acclamation 

Hallelujah! Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Hallelujah!

 

The holy gospel according to St. John the 20th Chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

“Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance, 2 so she ran off to Simon Peter and the other disciple—the one Jesus loved—and told them, “The Rabbi has been taken from the tomb! We don’t know where they have put Jesus!” 3 At that, Peter and the other disciple started out toward the tomb. 4 They were running side by side, but then the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He didn’t enter, but bent down to peer in and saw the linen wrappings lying on the ground. 6 Then Simon Peter arrived and entered the tomb. He observed the linen wrappings on the ground, 7 and saw the piece of cloth that had covered Jesus’ head lying not with the wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the disciple who had arrived first at the tomb went in. He saw and believed. 9 As yet, they didn’t understand the scripture that Jesus was to rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes. 11 Meanwhile, Mary stood weeping beside the tomb. Even as she wept, she stooped to peer inside, 12 and there she saw two angels in dazzling robes. One was seated at the head and the other at the foot of the place where Jesus’ body had lain. 13 They asked her, “Why are you weeping?” She answered them, “Because they have taken away my Rabbi, and I don’t know where they have put the body.” 14 No sooner had she said this than she turned around and caught sight of Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?” She supposed it was the gardener, so she said, “Please, if you’re the one who carried Jesus away, tell me where you’ve laid the body and I will take it away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned to him and said, “Rabboni!”—which means “Teacher”. 17 Jesus then said, “Don’t hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to Abba God. Rather, go to the sisters and brothers and tell them, ‘I’m ascending to my Abba and to your Abba, my God and your God!’” 18 Mary of Magdala went to the disciples. “I have seen the Teacher!” she announced. Then she reported what Jesus had said to her. 

The gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! 


 

EASTER CELEBRATION HYMN - Jesus Christ is Risen Today PLEASE HUMMM

 

CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM

Blessed be the holy Trinity, Father/Mother, Son/Redeemer + and Holy Spirit/Sustainer. Amen.

 

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water will be poured into the font as all give thanks.

We give you thanks, O God, O Living One, for you have created all, and you water the earth abundantly. Oceans and aquifers praise you. Rivers and streams bless you.

The Schuylkill and the Wissahickon, bless you.

 

All life is sustained by you, our Source. We praise you for Christ, the firstborn from the dead, 

who frees us from sin and raises us up to new life.

 

Here at this font we touch the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing through the city of God. Here, death is washed away forever.  Here, we are grafted into the tree of life, with leaves for the healing of the world.

 

Pour out your Holy Spirit on this assembly, into this community, and throughout all creation.

Cleanse us from our fears and drown our divisions.

Grant that all may drink of your mercy and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

He is Risen!  You are forgiven! You have today, right now, the promise of eternal life!

 

At Home: Using the water, trace a cross on your forehead and say.

On the lawn: Pastor will sprinkle

I am forgiven, I am set free. I am risen with Christ. In the name of the risen One. Hallelujah!

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

(Assisting Minister) O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption and renewal… and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

 

THE LIVING WORD

(Assisting Minister) Loving God, bless us as your Word enters through us: body, mind and spirit, open us to be empowered by your Spirit.

Hallelujah! Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Hallelujah!

 

Good Morning!  Our First Reading is from Acts Chapter 10 beginning with the 35th verse:

“So Peter said to them, “I begin to see how true it is that God shows no partiality—35 rather, that any person of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to God. 36 This is the message God has sent to the people of Israel, the Good News of peace proclaimed through Jesus Christ, who is Savior of all. 37 “You yourselves know what took place throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee with the baptism John proclaimed. 38 You know how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how Jesus went about doing good works and healing all who were in the grip of the Devil, because God was with him. 39 We are eyewitnesses to all that Jesus did in the countryside and in Jerusalem. Finally, Jesus was killed and hung on a tree, 40 only to be raised by God on the third day. God allowed him to be seen, 41 not by everyone, but only by the witnesses who had been chosen beforehand by God—that is, by us, who ate and drank with Christ after the resurrection from the dead. 42 And Christ commissioned us to preach to the people and to bear witness that this is the one set apart by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 To Christ Jesus all the prophets testify, that everyone who believes has forgiveness of sins through this Name.” 

Word of God.  Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

 

We will read responsively Psalm 118; the congregation responding with the bold:

 1Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good; God’s mercy endures forever.
 2Let Israel now declare, “God’s mercy endures forever.”
 14The Lord is my strength and my song, and has become my salvation.
 15Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents of the righteous:
  “The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!
 16The right hand of the Lordis exalted! The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!”
 17I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. R

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
 18The Lord indeed punished me sorely, but did not hand me over to death.
 19Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them and give thanks to the Lord.
 20“This is the gate of the Lord; here the righteous may enter.”
 21I give thanks to you, for you have answered me and you have become my salvation. R
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
 22The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
 23By the Lord has this been done; it is marvelous in our eyes.
 24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. R 

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

THE SERMON/HOMILY & HYMN OF REFLECTION

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH 

As children of God, we affirm: 

That God, who is Love, created all and called it good, 

that God is present with all of creation, and that, in darkness and in light, 

God is faithful; therefore we, too, seek to be faithful. 

That Jesus came to show us Love with a human face, 

that he taught justice and reconciliation and suffered on our behalf, 

and that through his faithful example, he embodies hope; 

therefore we, too, seek to be people of justice, reconciliation, and hope. 

That the Holy Spirit guides and accompanies us, 

that this same Spirit offers wisdom and discernment, 

and that, when we are open, the Spirit can always find a way; 

therefore, we seek to be people filled with God’s Spirit: 

discerning, loving and transforming our world. Amen.

 

RESPONSIVE LITANY (inspired by Psalm 66) ~ written by Margaret D. McGee, and posted on In the Courtyard. www.inthecourtyard.com

(Assisting Minister)

O God, who made the world and everything in it, we pray with one voice, proclaiming your presence to all the earth. 

 

For skeptics and believers, for clergy high and low;

For those who seek God at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,

For all who search for life, come and listen:

And we will tell you what our God has done for us. 

We are alive in the spirit. We are saved through water. Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

 

For presidents and prime ministers, for bosses and wardens;

For those who set the course at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,

For all who wield power, come and listen: And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

We do not let fear rule us. We proclaim the hope that is in us. Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

 

For friends and lovers, for neighbors and strangers,

For those who eat bread at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,

For all who live in the world, come and listen: 

And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

In God, we live and move and have our being. From God, we have life and breath and all things. Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

 

For the sick and troubled, for the fearful and alone,

For those in pain at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,

For our homebound, also for: Betty Jane, Valerie, Ruth, Amelia Grace, Frank, Deb, Tom, Dan, Giana, Holly, the Lima and Rodriquez Family*, and for all Families Grieving… help us support our Bishops - Eaton and Davenport and hold up our Dean Goodrich and Pastor Danny...

For all who suffer, come and listen: And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

Our prayers are not rejected. Our souls are held in life. In truth, our God has heard us,

and love is not withheld. Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

 

For those kept in memory, for those long forgotten,

For all who ever took the breath of life at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,

For the dead and those who mourn them, come and listen:

And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

We are blessed by your presence. We are filled with the Spirit. Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

 

God of heaven and earth, Companion in life, Spirit of truth, to you alone we turn our eyes and lift our hearts. Amen

 

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES

 (The giving of our offerings to God, is an act of worship. The giving of time (volunteer), talents (help others with what you like to do) and treasures (financial and/ or material support), are some of the ways we express our generosity and hospitality towards each other, and the surrounding community.)

If you can give, please go to our website https://bethany-lutheran.net and click on the “donate” button at the top of the screen.

Or mail a check to Bethany Lutheran Church, 401 Martin St. Philadelphia PA, 19128

For those in the Yard there is a wooden box at the altar for offerings.

DIALOGUE OF THE DISCIPLES

 

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! 

Lift up your hearts.  We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, for the glorious resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, the true Paschal Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin; who in dying has destroyed death, and in 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:

 

The Sanctus 

Holy, holy, holy Lord; God of power and might. 

Heaven and earth are filled with your glory. Hosanna in the highest! 

Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!

 

PRAYER JESUS TAUGHT US 

Let us pray as Jesus taught us, 

Lifting arms/hands in Orans position:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

 

COMMUNION PRAYER

On the night Jesus was betrayed, he gathered with his disciples, his friends, and his family, around the table, He took bread, (all lifting the bread) gave thanks and blessed it +, he broke it and gave it his disciples saying; Take and eat, this is my body broken for you.  

Do this in remembrance of me.

Come Holy Spirit, bless this bread and open us to receive the body of Jesus Christ. 

This IS the body of Christ, given for you. All partake of the bread.  

 

In the same way he took the cup (all lifting the cup) He gave thanks and blessed it +, Giving it to his disciples saying; Take and drink, this is the new covenant in my blood Shed for you and all people for the forgiveness of sins, Do this in remembrance of me.

Come Holy Spirit, bless this fruit of the vine and open us to receive the blood of Jesus Christ. 

This IS the blood of Christ shed for you. All partake of the cup.  

 

AFTER COMMUNION BLESSING & AFTER COMMUNION PRAYER

The body and blood of Jesus, strengthen you and keep you always in his grace. 

 

(Assisting Minister)

Living God, you have greeted us in our brokenness and nourished us with the body of Christ, broken for us.  Risen to new life with you, send us now to bear your healing love into the wounded world, in the name of our risen Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

BLESSING FOR OUR JOURNEY – Turn to one another and say…

May God bless you and protect you.  

May God smile on you and be gracious to you. 

May God show you favor and give you peace.  

(Numbers 6:24-26 NLT) 

 

Beloved, receive your blessing from God:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son +, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

SENDING HYMN - Jesus Christ is Risen Today PLEASE HUMMM

 

SENDING INTO COMMUNITY TO ANNOUNCE GOD’S LOVE FOR ALL

(Assisting Minister) YOU are the body of Christ raised up for the world.

Go in peace. Share the good news. Hallelujah!  Christ is Risen!

Thanks be to God. He is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah!

 

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