The Resurrection of Our Lord/Easter Sunday

Hymn: “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”
[click on link below]
https://youtu.be/_d0uYKcJ-CA

GREETING

Pastor: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
People: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Pastor: The grace and peace of our risen Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
People: And also with you

PRAYER OF THE DAY
God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of Life. 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, Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

GOSPEL READING
Matthew 28:1-10
The Resurrection of Jesus
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 lightning, 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, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “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.’

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY
“The Strife is O’er; TheBattle Done”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/Cy_lW63fYZc

TODAY IN OUR PRAYERS
Bill, Carol, Curtis, and Christine Buchkowsky, Teri Peterson, Mabel Zolotarchuk, Wayne Turner, Janet Gregory, Norm Gregory, the Rose family, Jody Giesbrecht, Marge McMillan, Kyrie Parimi, John Beaven, Doris Turner, Hilda Anderson, Linda Wolfe, Naomi, Mary Anderson, Joan Schock, Bev Gregory, Dale Robinson, Bryan Matschke, the family of Lyle Sand, the family of Hildegard Schneider (Renita Falkenstern’s mother), and the family of Cortney Palmer (Pat and Carol Sarich’s niece).

We remember the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, the people of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Yemen, Venezuela, Somalia, Libya, Hong Kong, the Palestinians and Israelis, the Rohingya Muslim refugees, all at the Mexico/United States border seeking refuge, the people of Haiti suffering from natural and political disasters, the people of the Bahamas suffering from hurricanes, and those throughout the world, in Canada, and in our community threatened by the coronavirus.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAITH
[The congregational response after each petition is: “COMPLETE YOUR NEW CREATION.”]
Pastor: As we celebrate the joy of the resurrection, let us pray for God’s continuing work of new creation in the life of the Church, for the peace and well-being of the world, and wherever brokenness and death oppose God’s abundant life, saying, “Hear us, O God of life,” and responding, “Complete your new creation.”

Petitioner: God of life, we give you thanks for all who have been called to new life in Christ. Invigorate your people with the good news of death to sin and resurrection to new life. On this day of rejoicing raise us to become what we receive: Christ’s very body, broken and blessed for newness of life and the courage of service in the world. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of all creation, you fashioned and nurtured this wonderful earth for the fullness of life. As we contemplate this season of new life, of planting and blooming, renew this earth with gentle rains, gracious warmth, and a Creator’s love. Awaken us through the live-giving Spirit to care for this abundant gift. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of hope, in the risen Christ you have delivered us from the power of death. Now make us die every die to sin and by your Spirit raise us up daily to be free for joyfully serving those who still are shrouded by sin, despair, shame, and death. Hear us, O God of life…

Pastor: God of healing, you raised Christ from the dead to bring peace upon all who live in fear, all who suffer from loneliness, all who are in mourning, and all who are sick or in pain. We remember especially before you …. Surprise, amaze, and comfort all with your promise of life. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of peace, all peoples are created and beloved by you. Raise up justice that violence, injustice, and wars may cease in all the world, heal nations scarred by greed, terror, and destruction, and deliver comfort and aid to those besieged by violence and all who are refugees that they might find compassionate relief. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of promise, you accompany us on our journeys of both despair and hope, of trials and anxieties, and of celebrations and joys. Provide us with the bonds of community for mutual care and support. We pray for safe neighbourhoods, adequate housing, good schools, health care, and sufficient food and income for all people in this time of pandemic. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: Generous God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old, that we may look after one another in these challenging days. Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families. Comfort the family and friends of those who have died. Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick and all who work in our medical and health care facilities. Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people. We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all. Bless them and keep them safe. O God of creation and life, we place ourselves in your protection. May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow. Hear us, O God of life …

Petitioner: God of mission, you have redeemed and anointed your people through baptism and united us in the death and resurrection of Jesus for a life-giving mission. Your resurrection creates new ways to live. When we are wandering, lost or empty, open new opportunities, renew our ministries and our callings through your promise of new life, and graciously give us the resolve to faithfully worship, nurture and proclaim Christ’s love with one voice for all in our community and in our world. Hear us, O God of life…

Pastor: Sustaining God, as you bring life even out of death, hear our call for your abundant life, make our prayers part of your new creation, and guide us with the hope of joy in your presence for the sake of the crucified and risen one, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People: Amen.

BENEDICTION

Pastor: The God of life, who has called you to eternal life in Christ,
lift you up and restore you to wholeness.

People: Amen.

Pastor: Jesus Christ, the Living Word,
bless you and send you to be his witnesses.

People: Amen.

Pastor: God the Holy Spirit, who renews the whole earth,
refresh, restore, support, and strengthen you this day and always.

People: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN
“Thine is the Glory”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/JkIGqJkp9fc

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DISMISSAL

Pastor: Alleluia! Go and tell the news that Christ is risen.

People: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The draft website for all seven ELCIC congregations in Saskatoon is now up and the address is https://saskatoonelcic.com/ It will be used now mainly for sharing information during the pandemic. Thanks to Wayne Turner who is our website master and facebook poster and has been involved in setting up this website.

Offerings.
Even though we are not meeting together we still have expenses and need your offerings so that we can pay them. Church Council has decided that the best way to receive your offerings is that you mail a cheque (Please no cash for mail security reasons) to the church and we can process them from there.
Send your contributions to: King of Glory Lutheran Church
3318 Merritt Street
Saskatoon, SK S7M 3P6
Thank you for your generosity.
Send Pastor Michael your cell phone number and email address. I have land line telephone numbers and house addresses for all of you, but in these times of physical distancing to be in touch with you is primarily through cell phones and the internet. If you have not done so, please send me your cell phone numbers and email addresses so we can establish various ways of communicating with one another e.g. ZOOM. My email address is michaelpoellet@sasktel.net. Thank you.

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