Easter Sunrise 2021

SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021                                       RESURRECTION SUNDAY
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry M. Krolus
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EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE
THE OFFERING The offering will not be collected during the service, but may be placed in the offering plate either before or after worship.

For those who are participating online, we also accept offerings electronically via PayPal, as found on our website (ctklchurch.org) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ctklclcms).

THE INVOCATION
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!

HYMN:  457 “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia!” (1-2)
Jesus Christ is ris'n today, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! Unto Christ, our heav'nly king, Alleluia! Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!

PRAYER
P. Gracious God, we have come to celebrate the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead.  You sent him to us out of love. You raised him that we might have hope. Today we join with your people throughout the world to praise you and to give thanks for the new life we have in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C. Amen.

THE VOICES OF EASTER
P. Shout for joy to God our strength!

C. Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord         all the earth!

P. For God has raised Christ from the dead...Hallelujah, he's alive!

C. Christ the Lord is risen today...

P. Sons of men and angels say...


ALL: Alleluia!

P. God's only begotten Son...the Lamb slain before the foundation of time...is not in a tomb.  He is here.

C. And on this day...in this place...there is a celebration of his resurrection.

ALL: Alleluia!  He lives!

A READING FROM THE PSALMS  Psalm 118:1-6, 15-18
P. Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good, and his love is eternal.

C. Let the people of Israel say, “His love is eternal.”

P. Let the priests of God say, “His love is eternal.”

C. Let all who worship him say, ”His love is eternal.”

P. In my distress I called to the Lord; he answered me and set me free.

C. The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid; what can anyone do to me?

P. Listen to the glad shouts of victory in the tents of God’s people: “The Lord’s mighty power has done it!”

C. His power has brought us victory; his mighty power in battle!

P. I will not die; instead, I will live and proclaim what the Lord has done.


C. He has punished me severely, but he has not let me die.

HYMN: 461 “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” (1)
I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever-living head.

THE CENTURIONS LETTER
(An imaginary letter written by the centurion who witnessed Jesus’ death)

HYMN: 461 “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” (8)
He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same;
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives;
I know that my Redeemer lives!

THE PRAYERS
P. The Lord is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Let us call upon our triumphant King.

C. Lord, have mercy.  Hear our 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.


THE CELEBRATION OF 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
P. On the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:  “Take and eat, this is my body, given for you.”

C. We do this in remembrance of him.

P. 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.”

C. We do this in remembrance of him.

THE EXCHANGE OF CHRISTIAN PEACE
P. As we celebrate our unity in the Lord, we pause for a moment in order to share with one another the peace that Jesus came to bring. We all say together.

C. God’s peace be with you. Amen.

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

C. Amen.

THE LORD’S SUPPER IS NOW RECEIVED

A CLOSING STATEMENT OF FAITH
P. The Good News has come in Jesus Christ.  He was born in a stable, placed in a manger, died on the cross, and rose again on the third day.

C. We, therefore, proclaim his death for us every time we gather.  We proclaim his resurrection as we stand with our brothers and sisters in faith.  We expect his return as we continue our proclamation of the Gospel.

P. In the newness of the spirit of this day, we dedicate ourselves to live as disciples of Jesus Christ now and always.

  C. May it ever be so.

THE BLESSING
P. May the blessings of our eternal God be upon us, and upon our loved ones:  May his light guide us, his presence strengthen us, and his love unite us, now and always.

C.  Amen.

HYMN:  457 “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia!  (3-4)
But the pains which He endured, Alleluia! Our salvation have procured; Alleluia! Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia! Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above, Alleluia! Praise eternal as His love; Alleluia! Praise Him, all ye heav'nly host, Alleluia! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

 
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