Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

Join us as we celebrate Easter Day. This is an in-person worship service that will be live streamed via Zoom. It will be available to watch on demand via YouTube after the service ends.

Christ Episcopal Church
Easter Sunday | April 4th, 20
Holy Eucharist Rite II — 10:00 A.M .

Prelude   “Voluntary” [Op. 3, No. 1]   John Garth

Opening Hymn:    “Jesus Christ is risen today” Hymnal 207 vs. 1-3

1 Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

2 Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!

Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!

Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!

Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!

3 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!

The Word of God

Celebrant: Alleluia, Christ is Risen

People: The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia

Gloria in Excelsis (sung by soloist)                                                             Hymnal S278 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant: The Lord be with you

People: And also with you

Celebrant: Let us pray

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

First Reading: Acts 10:34-43                                                                          Read by: M. Smith

Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord

People: Thanks be to God

Antiphon: On this day the LORD has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

14 The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory in the tents of the righteous.


16 “The right hand of the LORD has triumphed! 

the right hand of the LORD is exalted! the right hand of the LORD has triumphed!”

17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.


22 The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the LORD’S doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.


Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11                                                         Read by M. Smith

I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you–unless you have come to believe in vain. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them–though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord

People: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn     “Welcome Happy Morning” Hymnal 179

1 Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say:

hell today is vanquished, heaven is won today!

Lo! The dead is living, God for evermore!

Him their true Creator, all his works adore!

Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

5 Thou, of life the author, death didst undergo,

tread the path of darkness, saving strength to show;

come then, true and faithful, now fulfill thy word,

‘tis thine own third morning! Rise, O buried Lord!

Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

The Gospel: John 20:1-18                                             Read by The Rev. Deacon Kay Drebert

Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ. 

The Sermon                           The Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

Renewal of Baptismal Vows (all stand)                                                                       BCP p. 292

The Prayers of the People for Easter

Verse:  Risen Christ

Response: To you we give undying praise.

The Peace                                                                                                                       BCP p. 358

The Holy Communion 

Know that whoever you are, wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith there is a place for you.

The Offertory                     

Anthem                                “He is Risen” Cecil Cope                       Soloist: Susan MacLennan

The Great Thanksgiving (The People Stand)                                         BCP p. 372

Eucharistic Prayer D                                                                                                    BCP p. 372

Holy, holy, holy (Sanctus & Benedictus)(Soloist)                                                      Hymnal S128

Memorial Acclamation (Soloist Sings)                                                                                    S139

The Lord’s Prayer (Spoken)

The Breaking of the Bread                                                                                      Hymnal S154

All baptized persons are welcome to receive Holy Communion and others to receive a blessing

Fraction (Soloist sings)

Organ Music    

The Post Communion Prayer     

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed and renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.         

The Blessing 

Closing Hymn                       “Come, ye faithful, raise the strain”                             Hymnal 199

1 Come, ye faithful, raise the strain of triumpant gladness!

God hath brought his Israel into joy from sadness:

loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoik Jacob’s sons and daughters,

led them with un-moistened foot through the Red Sea waters.

2 “Tis the spring of souls today: Christ hath burst his prison,

and from three days’ sleep in death as a sun hath risen;

all the winter of our sins, long and dark, is flying

from his light, to whom we give laud and praise undying.

3 Now the queen of seasons, bright with the day of splendor,

with the royal feast of feasts, comes its joy to render;

comes to glad Jerusalem, who with true affection

welcomes in unwearied strains Jesus’ resurrection,

4 Neither might the gates of death, nor the tomb’s dark portal,

nor the watchers, nor the seal hold thee as a mortal:

but today amidst thine own thou didst stand, bestowing

that thy peace which evermore passeth human knowing.

Postlude                                          “Christ is Erstanden”                             Jan Bender

The event is finished.

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