Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Leader's Desk Edition, Augsburg Fortress, 2006, Minneapolis, p. 646
The congregation stands as they are comfortable.
A The night of the first day of the week had worn slowly away. The darkest hour, just before daybreak,
had come, pregnant with possibilities. Christ was still prisoner in his narrow tomb. The great stone was in its place and the Roman seal was unbroken; the Roman guards were keeping their watch.
P May the Warm Love of Christ rising in glory dispel the death-dealing parts of our hearts and minds.
The Paschal Candle is lit.
A The Glowing Joy of the Risen of Christ!
C Thanks be to God!
P: Rejoice, now, all heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Exalt, all creation around God’s throne! Jesus Christ is risen! Celebrate the divine mysteries with exultation; and for so great a victory, sound the trumpet of salvation. Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor, radiant in the love of your savior! Christ has proclaimed LOVE and LIFE the winner! Glory fills you! Death-Dealing vanishes forever. Rejoice, O holy church! Exult in glory! The risen Savior glows upon you! Let this place resound with joy, echoing the mighty proclamation of God’s people:
P: Christ is Risen!
C: Christ is Risen, Indeed, Alleluia! (several times)
Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Leader's Desk Edition, Augsburg Fortress, 2006, Minneapolis, p. 187
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 up for LOVE, to take away the death-deal. In dying he has destroyed death, and in rising has brought us to eternal life. And so, with Mary Magadelne, the other Marys, 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:
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Easter Eucharistic Prayer
Blessed are you, O God of our salvation.
Thank you for your creation of the world, and for saving it time and again.
Thank you for being there when we mess up –
When Adam and Eve had to leave the garden,
you did not abandon them.
When a flood covered the earth,
you saved people and animals.
When the Israelites were slaves in Egypt,
you brought them out of the awfulness of death-dealing slavery
and were with them in their passage to the Promised Land.
When your nation was conquered again and again,
you stayed with your people
and offered them hope and the promise of a human Savior.
Yet, when this Savior came,
he did not conquer other nations with blood and swords.
He did not kill to get his way.
He came and loved, especially the poor and the outcast.
He healed many, and brought many into a full relationship with you.
When he died, you did not abandon him.
You took his death, and created life.
Thank you for the empty tomb.
Thank you for the women who were the first witnesses,
and for their courage in telling your story of death turned into life.
Thank you for promising, especially
through your Son, Jesus the Christ,
that you care about our world.
That you are here and participate with us,
to give us hope, and to give us life.
We celebrate that hope and new life now
through the meal your Son left as one of his many gifts to us.
In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
Remembering your unconditional love for us
and your constant work of salvation,
we offer our praise to you, along with
this bread and wine. Accept these things
as our full embrace of your
presence in our lives. Lead us to love you in all areas of our lives, public and private, so that through the strength of this meal all may have sustainable lives.
Cover this bread and wine with your Spirit,
making them blessings in our lives,
and concrete evidence of your love for us.
Use this meal to strengthen us to be
your people in the world.
Giving all praise to you,
And Ever-Present Spirit,
we come ready to feast on your love,
through the work of your Son, Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord. AMEN
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