Easter Sunday Bulletin

SUNDAY,  APRIL 17, 2022               RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry  M. Krolus
CHURCH: 410-356-3400                                         CELL:  410-707-7663
Church email: ctklclcms@yahoo.com
Church Web Site:  ctklchurch.org
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WELCOME to everyone who is worshiping with us today. We are glad that you are here!  We pray that your worship experience here at Christ The King is spiritually uplifting and rewarding.  If you are visiting, please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to Pastor Harry.
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A SERVICE OF EASTER CELEBRATION

THE WELCOME
 
THE HANDSHAKE OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

THE INVOCATION
P. We begin this Holy Day in the name of the Father, of the risen Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. AMEN.

HYMN: 457 “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”

THE EASTER VERSICLES
P. If Christ had not risen,

C. Then our preaching and our faith would be in vain.

P. But the Father has raised Christ from the dead!

C. He will also bring life to our mortal bodies.

P. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life;

C. He who believes in me, even though he dies, shall live.

P. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has begotten us again through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

C. God, we have seen how you worked our salvation through the suffering, death, and resurrection of your Son.  As he has suffered the trials, sorrows, and death that was ours through sin, teach us to glory in the joy of the resurrection that is ours through your mercy.  We ask this for the sake of Jesus our risen and reigning Lord.  AMEN.

P. Christ is risen!

C. He is risen indeed!

P. This is the day the Lord has made.

C. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

P. This is the feast of victory for our God.

C. ALLELUIA!

A HYMN OF PRAISE:  (171)
This is the feast of victory for our God.  Alleluia.  Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God.  Power and riches and wisdom and strength, and honor and blessing and glory are his.  This is the feast of victory for our God.  Alleluia.  
Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation:  Blessing and honor and glory, and might be to God and the Lamb forever.  Amen.  This is the feast of victory for our God.  For the Lamb who was slain has begun his reign.  Alleluia. Alleluia.

AN EASTER PSALM: Psalm 114
P. When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,

C. Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion.

P. The sea looked and fled, the Jordan turned back;

C. the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.

P. Why was it, O sea, that you fled, O Jordan, that you turned back,

C. you mountains, that you skipped like rams, you hills, like lambs?

P. Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,

C. who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water.
 
THE FIRST LESSON:  Isaiah 65:17-25
   “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.  But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.  I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.  “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.  They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands.  They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them.  Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.  The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD.           

THE SECOND LESSON:  1 Corinthians 15:19-26
      If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
  But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.  Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his
enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.   

THE GOSPEL LESSON: Luke 24:1-12  
    On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.  In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”  Then they remembered his words.
  When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.  It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.  But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.  Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.                

THE SERMON HYMN:  480 “He’s Risen, He’s Risen”

THE SERMON:  “The Comeback”
    Text: Luke 24:1-5

THE OFFERTORY (192)
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.  

THE OFFERING

AN OFFERING SONG (783)
Take my life, that I may be consecrated, Lord, to thee;
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use every pow’r as thou shalt choose.


THE PRAYER
P. That our sins may be buried in the tomb of Christ, and that our lives, forgiven and renewed, may shine with the brightness of Christ’s resurrection, let us call upon our triumphant King.

C. Lord, have mercy.  Hear our prayer.

P. That all God’s people everywhere may rise to walk before him in newness of life, let us call upon our triumphant King.

C. Lord, have mercy.  Hear our prayer.

P. That the dawn of everlasting peace and hope may shine in every corner of this darkened world, let us call upon our triumphant King.

C. Lord, have mercy.  Hear our prayer.

P. For all who need the hope this day affords, especially the sick and sorrowing, the burdened and troubled, and those to whom death draws near, let us call upon our triumphant King.

C. Lord, have mercy.  Hear our prayer.

P. That this congregation and all who worship here may glow with the splendor of the resurrection, let us call upon our triumphant King.

C. Lord, have mercy.  Hear our prayer.

P. That with the faithful who enjoy eternal Easter in the presence of the Lord, we too may be united when all earthly strife is done, let us call upon our triumphant King.

C. Lord, have mercy.  Hear our prayer.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.


CELEBRATING THE LORD’S SUPPER

We invite to the Lord’s Table all who have been baptized and believe that the body and blood of the risen Christ is really present in the bread and wine; and that this sacrament is received for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith.  Also, if for some medical reason you are not able to consume alcohol, grape juice is available. The grape juice is “red” while the wine is “white”.

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

THE INVITATION
P. The gifts of God for the people of God.

C. AMEN.

THE DISTRIBUTION
HYMNS:   743 “Jesus, Priceless Treasure”
                 636 “Soul, Adorn Yourself With Gladness”
                 580 “The Gospel Shows The Father’s Grace”

THE POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE “Now The Silence” (910)
Now the silence, Now the peace, Now the empty hands uplifted;
Now the kneeling, Now the plea, Now the Father’s arms in welcome;
Now the hearing, Now the power, Now the vessel brimmed for pouring;
Now the body, Now the blood, Now the joyful celebration;
Now the wedding, Now the songs, Now the heart forgiven leaping;
Now the Spirit’s visitation, Now the Son’s epiphany,
Now the Father’s blessing. Now.  Now.  Now.

CLOSING SENTENCES
P. Christ is risen!

C. He is risen indeed!

P. Christ is alive!  Christ is among us!

C. He lives, all glory to his name!

P. He said, I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live;

C. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

P. Do you believe this?

C. Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.

ALL:   Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

THE BLESSING
P. May the Lord of life, who was raised from the dead and who gives us life, be your strength and your guide now and always.

C. AMEN.

P. Our Lord Jesus Christ has risen from the dead.

C. He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

THE CLOSING HYMN:   461  “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” (1,2,7,8)

 
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