PRAYERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON

Readings for the Third Week of Easter (April 26—May 2)                                                                                                                                                        Acts 2:14a, 36-14 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 1Peter 1:17-23 St. Luke 24:13- 35

Prayer of the Day                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Lord be with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                          AND ALSO WITH YOU.                                                                                                                                                                                                      O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open our eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

Concluding Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                             O God, our rainbow, our dove, our promised land: in the resurrection of your Son you have brought us into your ark. Protect us from the storm and ferry us to your welcoming shore through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

                                                                     AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE MORNING                                                                                                  Try to use either the Morning or Evening Prayer liturgies three times a week. New readings and prayers will be sent each week of the seven week Easter season. Lord, open my lips.                                                                                                                                                                                                         AND MY MOUTH SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE.                                                                                                                                                              Christ has been raised from the dead,                                                                                                                                                                                   THE FIRST FRUITS OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED.                                                                                                                                                                   For as by a man came death, by a man has also come the resurrection of the dead;                                                                                                                  FOR AS IN ADAM ALL DIE, SO IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE.

The risen Christ made himself known to them in the breaking of bread. ALLEULIA!

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the first week.)                                                                                                                                                         Silence for reflection.

The Apostle’s Creed is said on Sundays and optionally on other days.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bless the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   THANKS BE TO GOD.

A Prayer in the Time of Pandemic

Almighty God, save our nation in this crisis. Enlighten those responsible for the common good, so that they might know – as you do – how to care for all those who look to them for help and comfort in this dangerous time. Heal those who are suffering from the virus. Grant wisdom and resourcefulness to those seeking the equipment needed to care for those who have the disease. Protect and sustain those who are spending themselves caring for those who are sick, even at the cost of their own health: volunteers, technicians, nurses, doctors, EMTs. Bless with your protection all those who are reaching out to help others in this trying time. Bless your church: In these dark days make her a sign and instrument of Christ’s light, healing, and grace. Be with families, and especially with children and the elderly: grant that none be left in desperation from abandonment or discouragement. Spare those who are most fragile; encourage those who falter; intercede for the poor. By the power of your life-giving Holy Spirit free the world from the peril of pandemic. We ask this in Christ’s name.                                                    AMEN.

Another Prayer in Time of Pandemic

 Gracious God, for all who have contracted the corona virus, we pray for care and healing.                                                                                                        For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace in mind and spirit. For effected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.                                For those without adequate health insurance, we pray they will not face financial burdens alone.                                                                                                For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for safety and healing.                                                                                                                          For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom, humility, selflessness and guidance.                                                                                         Father of all, during this crisis may your church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Let the light of the Risen Christ fall on all of us in this dark time. Grant us peace, grant us comfort, grant us faith, grant us healing, You who are always with us, through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. AMEN.

A Prayer When we cannot come to Holy Communion                                                                                                                                                             O Lamb of God, in union with the faithful at every Table of your Church, my heart offers you praise and thanksgiving. I love you above all things, and earnestly desire to receive you into my life, body and soul. And although I cannot receive you now in the Holy Sacrament, I invite you into my heart. By your Holy Spirit may my life be fed on the spiritual food that is your life, death, and resurrection until I can once more come to your Table and know you in the breaking of the Bread. Amen.

A Prayer for our place of Worship                                                                                                                                                                                       O Holy One, may all that makes our particular church sacred space for us – the Table, the Fount, the Cross, the Pulpit, the reredos, the windows, the pews, the Bibles and the hymnals, the candles and our customs, the love and prayers of all who have gone before us – may each of these tend this space for us, hold our prayers and our presence, our sorrows and our tears, our song and our silence, so that when we gather again in this holy place we may celebrate a new rolling away of the stone and shout our “Alleluias”. AMEN.

A Responsive Prayer for Eastertide                                                                                                                                                                                       O Christ, in your resurrection, the heavens and the earth rejoice. Alleluia!                                                                                                                               By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell, and destroyed sin and death. KEEP US VICTOIOUS OVER SIN AND DEATH.                                                 By your resurrection you raised the dead, and brought new life to the world. GUIDE US IN THE WAY OF ETERNAL LIFE.                                                               By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners and filled your disciples with joy. GIVE US JOY AS WE SHARE IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR SERVICE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         - By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the myrrh-bearing woman and to the apostles, and brought salvation to the whole creation. DIRECT OUR LIVES AS YOUR NEW CREATION.                                                                                                                                                                                                    God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of our baptism you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE EVENING

The angel said, “Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified,                                                                                                               HE IS NOT HERE; FOR HE HAS BEEN RAISED, AS HE SAID. ALLELUIA!                                                                                                                                  Lord Jesus Christ, by your cross you destroyed death. To the condemned criminal you opened paradise; for the myrrh-bearing women you changed weeping into joy; you commanded Mary Magdalene to proclaim to the disciples that you are risen, granting the world great mercy; to Thomas you granted a renewed faith. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ, glory to you.                                                                                                                                                                         AMEN.

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the first week.)                                                                                                                                                   Silence for reflection.

Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; FOR THESE EYES OF MINE HAVE SEEN THE SAVIOR WHOM YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE;                                                                                                                                                                                           A light to enlighten the nations;                                                                                                                                                                                         AND THE GLORY OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. AMEN.

A Psalm in Times of Trouble                                                                                                                                                                                             Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you; in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until the time of trouble has gone by.             I WILL CALL UPON YOU, O MOST HIGH GOD, THE GOD WHO MAINTAINS MY CAUSE.                                                                                                        You will send from heaven and save me; you will confound those who trample upon me; O God, you will send forth your love and faithfulness.                               I LIE IN THE MIDST OF LIONS THAR DEVOUR THE PEOPLE; THEIR TEETH ARE SPEARS AND ARROWS, THEIR TONGUE A SHARP SWORD.                             They have laid a net for my feet, and I am bowed low; they have dug a pit before me, but have fallen into it themselves.                                                   EXALT YOURSELF ABOVE THE HEAVENS, O GOD, AND YOUR GLORY OVER ALL THE EARTH.                                                                                                     My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and make melody.                                                                                                                      WAKE UP, MY SPIRIT; AWAKE LUTE AND HARP; I MYSELF WILL WAKEN THE DAWN.                                                                                                               I will confess you among the peoples, O Lord; I will sing praise to you among the nations.                                                                                                          FOR YOUR LOVING-KINDNESS IS GREATER THAN THE HEAVENS, AND YOUR FAITHFULNESS REACHES TO THE CLOUDS.                                                            Exalt yourself above the heaven, O God,                                                                                                                                                                          AND YOUR GLORY OVER ALL THE EARTH. 

 An Easter Hymn                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,                                                                                                                                                                  Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;                                                                                                                                                                  Love lives again, that with the dead has been;                                                                                                                                                                      Love is come again like wheat arising green.

Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain,                                                                                                                                                                      Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain.                                                                                                                                                                      Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:                                                                                                                                                                          Love is come again like wheat arising green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,                                                                                                                                                          Christ’s warm touch can call us back to life again.                                                                                                                                                          Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:                                                                                                                                                              Love is come again like wheat arising green.

An Ancient Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christ, who being raised from the dead will die no more, grant that sin, which is death, may no longer have dominion over us, that we, who with ready faith proclaim the mystery of your Resurrection, may be delivered from the power of death. You are the Resurrection and the Life. Amen.

A Poem                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Holla, the incarnate Son                                                                                                                                                                                               Hath come to earth and fought and won.                                                                                                                                                                           Lullay, he lieth in tomb                                                                                                                                                                                                       And for my soul he findeth room.                                                                                                                                                                                         Lullay, I rest in him,                                                                                                                                                                                                   Weary spirit and weary limb.

Holla, we rise;                                                                                                                                                                                                                He leadeth me after him through the skies.                                                                                                                                                                        Holla, we compass about and hem                                                                                                                                                                                  The golden Jerusalem.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Holla, we enter in                                                                                                                                                                                                              Because my friend hath not known sin.                                                                                                                                                                                Hallelujah, I see Lord God and all is well;                                                                                                                                                                              Lillay, I rest in him.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “The Shout” Adam Fox 

                                                                    PRAYERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON

Readings for the Second Week of Easter (April 19-25)                                                                                                                                                            Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Psalm 16 1Peter 1:3-9 St. John 20:19-31

Prayer of the Day                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Lord be with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                          AND ALSO WITH YOU.                                                                                                                                                                                            Almighty and Eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt,may we who have not seen, have faith and receive the fullness of  Ch rist’s blessing, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. AMEN.

Concluding Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                O God, our bread, our milk and our honey: in the resurrection of your Son you have brought us to your table. Feed us with your plenty, and enlarge our table to include all the hungry; through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

                                                                         AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE MORNING                                                                                             Try to use either the Morning or Evening Prayer liturgies three times a week. New readings and prayers will be sent each week of the seven week Easter season. Lord, open my lips.                                                                                                                                                                                                              AND MY MOUTH SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE.                                                                                                                                                        Alleluia! The Lord is risen!                                                                                                                                                                                                   HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!                                                               

 Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.                                                                                                                FOR SINCE BY A MAN CAME DEATH, BY A MAN HAS COME ALSO THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.                                                                                        For as in Adam all die,                                                                                                                                                                                                     SO ALSO IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE. ALLELUIA!

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the first week.)                                                                                                                                                     Silence for reflection.

The Apostle’s Creed is said on Sundays and optionally on other days. 

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bless the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                               THANKS BE TO GOD. 

A Prayer in the Time of Pandemic

Almighty God, save our nation in this crisis. Enlighten those responsible for the common good, so that they might know – as you do – how to care for all those who look to them for help and comfort in this dangerous time. Heal those who are suffering from the virus. Grant wisdom and resourcefulness to those seeking the equipment needed to care for those who have the disease. Protect and sustain those who are spending themselves caring for those who are sick, even at the cost of their own health: volunteers, technicians, nurses, doctors, EMTs. Bless with your protection all those who are reaching out to help others in this trying time. Bless your church: In these dark days make her a sign and instrument of Christ’s light, healing, and grace. Be with families, and especially with children and the elderly: grant that none be left in desperation from abandonment or discouragement. Spare those who are most fragile; encourage those who falter; intercede for the poor. By the power of your life-giving Holy Spirit free the world from the peril of pandemic. We ask this in Christ’s name.                                               AMEN.

Another Prayer in Time of Pandemic

 Gracious God, for all who have contracted the corona virus, we pray for care and healing.                                                                                                     For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace in mind and spirit. For effected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.                                 For those without adequate health insurance, we pray they will not face financial burdens alone.                                                                                               For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for safety and healing. For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom, humility, selflessness and guidance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Father of all, during this crisis may your church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Let the light of the Risen Christ fall on all of us in this dark time. Grant us peace, grant us comfort, grant us faith, grant us healing, You who are always with us, through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. AMEN.

A Prayer When we cannot come to Holy Communion                                                                                                                                                             O Lamb of God, in union with the faithful at every Table of your Church, my heart offers you praise and thanksgiving. I love you above all things, and earnestly desire to receive you into my life, body and soul. And although I cannot receive you now in the Holy Sacrament, I invite you into my heart. By your Holy Spirit may my life be fed on the spiritual food that is your life, death, and resurrection until I can once more come to your Table and know you in the breaking of the Bread. Amen.

A Prayer for our place of Worship                                                                                                                                                                                       O Holy One, may all that makes our particular church sacred space for us – the Table, the Fount, the Cross, the Pulpit, the reredos, the windows, the pews, the Bibles and the hymnals, the candles and our customs, the love and prayers of all who have gone before us – may each of these tend this space for us, hold our prayers and our presence, our sorrows and our tears, our song and our silence, so that when we gather again in this holy place we may celebrate a new rolling away of the stone and shout our “Alleluias”. AMEN.

A Responsive Prayer for Eastertide                                                                                                                                                                                        O Christ, in your resurrection, the heavens and the earth rejoice. Alleluia!                                                                                                                                By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell, and destroyed sin and death. KEEP US VICTOIOUS OVER SIN AND DEATH.                                                By your resurrection you raised the dead, and brought new life to the world. GUIDE US IN THE WAY OF ETERNAL LIFE.                                                              By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners and filled your disciples with joy. GIVE US JOY AS WE SHARE IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR SERVICE. By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the myrrh-bearing woman and to the apostles, and brought salvation to the whole creation. DIRECT OUR LIVES AS YOUR NEW CREATION.                                                                                                                                                                             God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of our baptism you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE EVENING                                                                                                                                                                The Lord is risen!                                                                                                                                                                                                      INDEED HE IS RISEN!                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lord Jesus Christ, by your cross you destroyed death. To the condemned criminal you opened paradise; for the myrrh-bearing women you changed weeping into joy; you commanded Mary Magdalene to proclaim to the disciples that you are risen, granting the world great mercy; to Thomas you granted a renewed faith. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ, glory to you.                                                                                                                                                                        AMEN.

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the first week.)                                                                                                                                                 Silence for reflection.

Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; FOR THESE EYES OF MINE HAVE SEEN THE SAVIOR WHOM YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE;                                                                                                                                                                                            A light to enlighten the nations; AND THE GLORY OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing: The Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us.                                                                                                    AMEN.

 Human beings feast when they celebrate. Food is the essence of life for us. When we feast we celebrate life. We pray before we eat because we recognize that without food we would die, and so we thank God who “brings forth bread from the earth; who opens his hand and feeds all living things”. (Psalm 104:14- 15; 27-28)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Easter is the Feast of Feasts. At Easter we celebrate that God has given us Christ, who “is the Bread of Life’. (St. John 6:35) That is why Christ gave us the Lord’s Supper. At the Table of the Lord, we receive Christ in his body and blood; food that nourishes us to eternal life.                                                                         The brief liturgies that follow are to be prayed at the table. The first, before breakfast on Easter morning; the second, before Easter dinner. Both liturgies call for a candle, symbol of the Risen Christ (He is also the Light of the World.) to be lighted. The readings are included, so nothing else will be needed.

Prayers before Breakfast on Easter Morning

The Lord be with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                   AND ALSO WITH YOU.                                                                                                                                                                                                        A reading from the Gospel according to St. Matthew.                                                                                                                                                           After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightening, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised from the dead and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him. This is my message for you”. So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here ends the reading.       

                                                                                                                                       St. Matthew 28:1-10                                                              The Christ candle is lighted

Alleluia! The Lord is risen!                                                                                                                                                                                                    INDEED, HE IS RISEN! ALLELUIA!

The hymn may be sung or read responsively.

Good Christians all, rejoice and sing! Now is the triumph of our King!                                                                                                                                      To all the world glad news we bring:                                                                                                                                                                                    ALLEUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

The Lord of life is risen today! Death’s mighty stone is rolled away.                                                                                                                                          Let all the earth rejoice and say:                                                                                                                                                                            ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

YOUR NAME WE BLESS, O RISEN LORD, AND SING TODAY WITH ONE ACCORD THE LIFE LAID DOWN, THE LIFE RESTORED:                                             ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

Prayer of the Day                                                                                                                                                                                                           Christ is in our midst!                                                                                                                                                                                                     HE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE!                                                                                                                                                                                            Let us pray. Glorious Lord of Life, by the mighty resurrection of your Son you overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him. Grant that we who celebrate with joy Christ’s rising from the dead may be raised from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.                                                                                                                                                                       AMEN.

Let us bless the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                   THANKS BE TO GOD.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 Prayers before Dinner on Easter Day

When the risen Lord was at table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and the recognized him….

St. Luke 24:30-31a                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Christ candle is lighted.

  The Lord be with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                        AND ALSO WITH YOU.                                                                                                                                                                                              While the disciples were talking about the reports of his resurrection, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you”. They were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts”? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see, for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have”. And when he had said this he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and wondering, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat”? They gave him a piece of broiled fish and he took it and ate it in their presence.                                                                                                                                                                 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you. – that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled”. Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high”. Here ends the reading. St. Luke24:36-49

Spring bursts forth today;                                                                                                                                                                                                     FOR CHRIST IS RISEN AND ALL THE EARTH’S AT PLAY!

Prayer of the Day                                                                                                                                                                                                              Let us pray. O God, worker of wonders, you made this day for joy and gladness. Let the risen Christ abide with us this evening, opening the scriptures to us and breaking bread in our midst. Set our hearts aflame, and open our eyes that we may see in his sufferings all that the psalms and prophets foretold, and recognize him at this table as the Christ, now entered into his glory, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. AMEN.

Let us bless the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                               THANKS BE TO GOD.


GRACE BE UNTO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHER AND FROM OUR LORD AND SAVIOR – JESUS THE CHRIST.
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!
He is risen indeed!
       It has been 51 Easters that we have celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection at sunrise on the lakeshore, breakfasted together at the church and celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection again at the church. Then came the coronavirus and everything changed. Our lives were very much in the control of a powerful pandemic. Even our most powerful communal worship experience was largely relegated to the privacy of our own homes.
       But the message of this wonderful day is as powerful as ever - Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and because He Who gave His very life for us on the cross has risen indeed we too with our loved will spend all eternity victoriously with Him
       How truly we need to hear how God’s Own Son came into His Creation – our world.  God Himself came among us as the vulnerable flesh and blood Christ – showed us nothing but love and loyalty – cared and ministered to everyone even those who rejected Him – truly showed and shared His love in all He did and said.
       Then everyone – even those closest to Him thought all was lost for Jesus Christ humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on the cross.  His followers though they had lost everything.
       Then on His 3rd day in the airtight tomb, Jesus arose – not merely to proclaim His Victory – but to proclaim ours as well.  Jesus had conquered temptation, sin, death and all that comes with it and returned from the dead to proclaim the gift.
       Death is that unavoidable enemy we all must face – with or without a pandemic seemingly beyond human control.  Good Friday is that day Jesus suffered and died for us on the cross and there He conquered all our ultimate enemies for us. Good Friday is the most important day in human history because it was the day Jesus gave His Life on the cross to conquer sin, guilt, death, pandemics and the devil for us – the day He was placed in an air-tight tomb.
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!
He is risen indeed!
           Easter – the day of Jesus’ Resurrection – is the day Jesus rose from the dead to explain what Good Friday was all about.
       John and the woman had seen Jesus slain on the cross and, with Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, had laid Him in the air-tight tomb.  Then they and all the disciples hid and mourned through the worst Sabbath of their lives.  At sunrise on Sunday morning – while the disciples were still hiding – the women went to the tomb to complete the burial arrangements.  Our Savior had been slain and with Him most of their hopes. Neither they nor the disciples understood the meaning of the battle Jesus waged on the cross that past Friday.
       Then Jesus came back to explain. The Christ rose from the dead to proclaim His Victory for us.  The sting of death is sin. On Good Friday Jesus suffered and died for our sins.  Christ waged the battle for our souls and for our eternal lives.  On Easter, Jesus proclaimed His Victory in that battle.
Celebrate the SONrise

       As God proclaimed through St. Paul in his First Epistle to the Corinthians, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin, And the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God,  Who gives us the victory, Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
       On Easter Jesus arose to proclaim the Victory and restore our eternal lives and relationship with God.
       In our world – in our lives – our own human nature causes us often to struggle as if Good Friday never came. Jesus won the Good Friday battle totally with nothing left to accomplish or add.  With our Easter message for our Good Friday world, we can celebrate the SONrise – in the church, at the lakeshore or even in our own living room.
       God’s Easter message is that Jesus has suffered our penalty and died in our stead – The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. (ROMANS 6:23).
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!
He is risen indeed!
And because He lives, we have life…
Abundantly and eternally.
THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSES ALL HUMAN UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS – OUR RESURRECTION AND OUR LIFE N OW AND ETERNALLY.
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EASTER SUNDAY
April 12, 2020

Dr. Kurt Borows

                                                               A DEVOTION ON THE SEVEN WORDS FROM THE CROSS 

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.                                                                                                                                             AMEN.

Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by? Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow with which the Lord has afflicted me. I, IF I BE LIFTED UP FROM THE EARTH, WILL DRAW ALL PEOPLE TO MYSELF.

The Lord be with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                   AND ALSO WITH YOU.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father and Savior of the world, hear us as with humble and adoring hearts we remember your seven words of love spoken on this day from the cross. Draw us, we pray, into closer communion with you, that the mind which was in you might also be found in us.                                         AMEN.

We remember that, as they crucified you, you said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                               If you, Lord, should mark our guilt, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, therefore we revere you. You bore our sins in your own body on the Tree that we, being dead to sin, should live in righteousness. Wherefore we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Psalm 130

We remember your promise to the penitent thief, Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light. O Shepherd of the flock of God, you guide those who know your voice in green pastures and beside waters of comfort. When we awake we shall be satisfied with your likeness. Wherefore, we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Psalm 23

We remember your word to your blessed mother, and to the disciple whom you loved, Woman, behold your son! Son, behold your mother!

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                             O Son of God and son of Mary, you came to revive the spirit of the humble, and to bind up the broken hearted. Your loving-kindness is better than life, therefore my lips will praise you. My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Wherefore we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: St. Luke 1:46-55

We remember the loneliness of that loud cry which burst from your overburdened heart, while the dread darkness lay upon the land, My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                             O Son of Man, beloved of the Father, was there ever sorrow like your sorrow? You were despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. For our transgressions you were wounded; for our sins you were bruised; the chastisement of our peace was laid on you and with your stripes we are healed. All we, like sheep, had gone astray. We had turned everyone to his own way, and God has laid upon you the sin of us all. By our sin you were cut off from God, in whom alone is life, so that we might live. Wherefore we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Isaiah 42:1-9

We remember how, in fulfillment of the scriptures you said, I thirst.

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Was it not written of you, “My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth and you have brought me into the dust of death.” And yet your word endures: “If anyone thirsts, let them come to me and drink.” O Fount of Life, who thirsts for our souls, we thirst also for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Wherefore we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Psalm 22:1-26

We remember that word which from your lips alone was truth eternal, It is finished.

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                             O Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, source and fulfillment of all life, Author and Finisher of the faith; for the joy that was set before you, you endured the cross, ignoring the shame, and now are seated at the right hand of the throne on high. Wherefore we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Revelation 1:4b-8

We remember that when you had cried with a loud voice, you said Father, into your hands I commend my spirit, and then bowing your head, you gave up your spirit.

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                             O Savior of the world, whom have we in heaven but you? And there is none on earth that we desire beside you. Flesh and heart fail, but you are the strength of our hearts and our portion forever. Into your hands we commend our spirits, for you have redeemed us, O God of truth. Wherefore we worship and adore holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Psalm 31:1-8

Christ became obedient unto death;                                                                                                                                                                                     EVEN DEATH ON A CROSS.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Let us pray.                                                                                                                                                                                                               HAVE MERCY UPON US, O GOD, ACCORDING TO YOUR LOVING-KINDNESS; ACCORDING TO THE MULTITUDE OF YOUR TENDER MERCIES BLOT OUT OUR TRANSGRESSIONS. WASH US THROUGHLY FROM OUR INIQUITY AND CLEANSE US FROM OUR SIN. RESTORE TO US THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION AND UPHOLD US WITH A WILLING SPIRIT.                                                                                                                                                                             The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not turn away. AMEN.

Lord’s Prayer

Christ bore our sins in his body on the cross that we might be dead to sin and alive to righteousness.                                                                                         THANKS BE TO GOD

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