Easter Worship Service
Dear Zion Members and Friends,

This Sunday, April 12, you are invited to attend the 10:15am Easter Sunday Worship Service online or by phone. I am requesting that your audio function on the computer or phone be muted, to avoid background noise. The online link and phone information are listed at the conclusion of this email. Please click or call before 10:15pm. A bulletin (which includes the hymn lyrics) and a file with just the hymn lyrics are attached to this email.
The peace and love of Christ be with us all.
Pastor Karin
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April 12, Easter Sunday Order of Worship


Easter Greeting
P  Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C  He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Welcome & Announcements

P  In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C  Amen.

Confession and Forgiveness
P    Keep yourselves in the love of God;
C    look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
P    If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
C   Everything old has passed away; behold, everything has become new!    
P    God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.
                        Silence for personal confession.
P    Gracious God,
C    have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone. Uphold us by your Spirit so that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
P   Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins.  As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C          Amen.

Gathering Hymn   “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” [Sun School 217]

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth reply: Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbid him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!


P  The grace of our risen Savior, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C  And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you have overcome death through your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and have opened to us the gate of everlasting life. We humbly beseech you that as you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture Readings

First Reading: Acts 10:34-43
34Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Psalm 16
1Protect me, O God, for I take ref- | uge in you;*
     I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good a- | bove all other.”
2All my delight is upon the godly that are | in the land,*
     upon those who are noble a- | mong the people.
3But those who run after | other gods*
     shall have their troubles | multiplied.
4Their libations of blood I | will not offer,*
     nor take the names of their gods up- | on my lips.
5O Lord, you are my portion | and my cup;*
     it is you who up- | hold my lot.
6My boundaries enclose a | pleasant land;*
     indeed, I have a | goodly heritage.
7I will bless the Lord who | gives me counsel;*
     my heart teaches me, night | after night.
8I have set the Lord al- | ways before me;*
     because he is at my right hand I | shall not fall.
9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spir- | it rejoices;*
     my body also shall | rest in hope.
10For you will not abandon me | to the grave,*
     nor let your holy one | see the Pit.
11You will show me the | path of life;*
     in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for- | evermore.

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4
1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10
1Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Children’s Sermon


Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People

P  Let us pray for the Church, the world, and all people according to their needs.
A brief silence for prayer
 After each portion of the prayers:
P  Lord in your mercy,
C  hear our prayer.
 The prayers conclude:
P  Into your hands, merciful Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
C  Amen.

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.

P  The Lord bless you and keep you.
   The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
   The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.
    In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the   Holy Spirit.
C   Amen.

Sending Hymn “Thine is the Glory” [Red 566] verses 1 and 3

Thine is the glory, Risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment Rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes Where thy body lay.
Thine is the glory, Risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory Thou o’er dath hast won.
No more we doubt thee, Glorious Prince of Life;
Life is nought without thee; Aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conquerors, Through thy deathless love;
Bring us safe through Jordan To thy home above.


P  Go in peace to love and serve the risen Lord.
C  Thanks be to God.