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Angel Eyes | Sermon for Easter Sunday April 12, 2020

Angel Eyes | Sermon for Easter Sunday April 12, 2020

Worship Service for The Resurrection of Our Lord

Rev. Gregory Mech | Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE – Joplin, MO | Today’s Sermon: “Angel Eyes”

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Angel Eyes. The Resurrection Stained Glass. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin, Missouri. Easter Sermon.

“You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.”

These words from the angel at the tomb on Easter morning from Mark 16 are included in Today’s Sermon with Pastor Mech entitled, “Angel Eyes.”


Special thanks to all who helped to make this broadcast possible today:
Rev. Gregory Mech, DCE Jason Glaskey, our organist Betty Lingenfelter, our musicians
Glenn Sigler, Edith Sigler, Dr. Kimra Ross, our reader Perry Davis, and the Immanuel Altar Guild.


Divine Service, Setting One

Invocation

P In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Holy Gospel 

Mark 16:1–8

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the 16th chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

P When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them,

A Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.

P And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Exsultet

P Rejoice now, all you heavenly choirs of angels; rejoice now, all creation; trumpet the news of salvation to proclaim what our eyes cannot see, the victory of our King. The ancient darkness has been banished forever. Let the praises of God’s faithful people fill all our homes with rejoicing.

Hymn

“Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” LSB 457 st. 1, 2

1  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!

2  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!

Opening Sentences

P This is the day that the LORD has made;

C let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

P The LORD is God,

C and He has made His light to shine upon us. Psalm 118:27

Confession and Absolution

P The angel told the women what his eyes had beheld, and he urged them to tell Jesus’ disciples and Peter, but “they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” Let us confess to God all that holds us back from spreading the news of our Lord’s resurrection.

Silence for reflection on the Word of God and our sinful condition.

P Our gracious heavenly Father, we confess that we have let the things around us cloud our vision, dim our joy, and close our lips.

C We have feared what we could not explain and failed to rely on Your gracious promises, trusting only in the limited information that our senses provide. We have, therefore, not loved You with all that we have and are; we have not loved our neighbors as much as we have loved ourselves. 

P Without Your aid, Lord, we cannot change.

C In Your great mercy, forgive us and, by Your Holy Spirit, assure us of Your victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil on our behalf. Help us then to announce the resurrection to all we meet, to the glory of Your holy name.

P By becoming one of us to die for us, our Lord Jesus Christ paid for all our sins. When the Father raised Him on this glorious day, He showed all creation that He received that payment and nothing, even death itself, can stand between us and His gracious, eternal promises. Therefore, as a called and ordained servant of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

P Alleluia! Christ is risen!

C He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Kyrie

P In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P That we may recognize the peace and salvation Easter brings, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P That the world may see peace, the Church of God may enjoy vitality, and we may all be united in Easter faith, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this holy house, and for all who respond to the resurrection in worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C Amen.

♫ Hymn of Praise

“This Is the Feast” page 155

This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

1 Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, 

whose blood set us free to be people of God.

This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

2 Power, riches, wisdom, and strength, 

and honor, blessing, and glory are His.

This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

3 Sing with all the people of God 

and join in the hymn of all creation.

4 Blessing, honor, glory and might 

be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.

This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

5 For the Lamb who was slain 

has begun his reign. Alleluia.

This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Salutation and Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray. Almighty God, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. We humbly pray that we may live before You in righteousness and purity forever; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

Kids Talk 

Old Testament Reading 

Job 19:23–27

Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
Oh that with an iron pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!

L This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Hymn

“I Know That My Redeemer Lives” LSB 461 st. 1, 5, 7

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.

5  He lives to silence all my fears;

He lives to wipe away my tears;

He lives to calm my troubled heart;

He lives all blessings to impart.

7  He lives and grants me daily breath;

He lives, and I shall conquer death;

He lives my mansion to prepare;

He lives to bring me safely there. 

Epistle

1 Corinthians 15:51–57

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?” (Hosea 13:14)

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.

L This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Hymn

“Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia” LSB 466 st. 1, 2, 3

1  Christ has arisen, alleluia.

Rejoice and praise Him, alleluia.

For our Redeemer burst from the tomb,

Even from death, dispelling its gloom.

Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy;

Death’s fearful sting He has come to destroy.

Our sin forgiving, alleluia!

Jesus is living, alleluia!

2 For three long days the grave did its worst

Until its strength by God was dispersed.

He who gives life did death undergo;

And in its conquest His might did show.

Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy;

Death’s fearful sting He has come to destroy.

Our sin forgiving, alleluia!

Jesus is living, alleluia!

3  The angel said to them, “Do not fear!

You look for Jesus who is not here.

See for yourselves the tomb is all bare;

Only the grave cloths are lying there.”

Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy;

Death’s fearful sting He has come to destroy.

Our sin forgiving, alleluia!

Jesus is living, alleluia! 

Sermon “Angel Eyes”

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, 

Maker of heaven and earth. 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, 

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 

born of the virgin Mary, 

suffered under Pontius Pilate, 

was crucified, died and was buried. 

He descended into hell. 

On the third day He rose again from the dead. 

He ascended into heaven 

and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. 

From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the holy Christian Church, 

the communion of saints, 

the forgiveness of sins, 

the resurrection of the body, 

and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for all people in their various needs and for the Church as it witnesses to our Lord’s resurrection.

The women “were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us?’ ” Let us pray for all whose work is tiring and laborious.

C Lighten their load, O Lord, strengthen their bodies, and give them dignity in their efforts.

P The angel said to them, “Do not be alarmed.” Let us pray for all who awaken this day in fear of violence, pestilence, or pandemic.

C Accompany them, risen Lord; graciously protect them and strengthen them until they find days of peace and security.

P The angel invited the women, “See the place where they laid Him.” 

C Dry the eyes of those who mourn, O Holy Spirit, through their resurrection faith. Give comforting words to those who are apart from family, perseverance to those who are ill, and skill to health workers in all professions.

P Then he urged them, “Go, tell His disciples.” Let us pray for all who carry the news of Christ’s victory over death to their neighborhoods and to nations around the world.

C Lord Jesus, protect, guide, and bless our brothers and sisters who announce the resurrection in the company of those who gather with them around Word and Sacrament and then carry it with them as Your messengers to all they meet, near and far.

P Job wrote, “Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!” Let us pray for those who write constitutions and laws, all who maintain order in society, and everyone in harm’s way at home or abroad.

C O almighty God, give wisdom to those who deliberate in houses of government, courage to those who respond to conflict in their communities, and protection to men and women deployed in the defense of freedom around the world.

P Into Your hands, heavenly Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy for the sake of Your Son, our risen Lord Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray …

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.

Benediction

P The blessing of God Almighty—the Father, who sent His Son to certain death in order to give us life, the Son, who left the tomb empty on this day of His rising, and the Holy Spirit, who graciously enables us to be messengers of the resurrection—be upon you, now and forever.

C Amen.

P Alleluia! Christ is risen!

C He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Hymn

“Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven” LSB 477

1 Alleluia, alleluia! 

Hearts to heav’n and voices raise: 

Sing to God a hymn of gladness, 

Sing to God a hymn of praise; 

He who on the cross a victim 

For the world’s salvation bled― 

Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, 

Now is risen from the dead.

2 Alleluia, Christ is risen!

Death at last has met defeat:

See the ancient pow’rs of evil

In confusion and retreat;

Once He died, and once was buried:

Now He lives forevermore,

Jesus Christ, the world’s Redeemer,

Whom we worship and adore.

Δ 3 Alleluia, alleluia! 

Glory be to God on high: 

Alleluia to the Savior 

Who has gained the victory; 

Alleluia to the Spirit, 

Fount of love and sanctity! 

Alleluia, alleluia 

To the triune Majesty!

Amen.

Immanuel’s Mission Prayer

Heavenly Father, We pray to see the future as You see it, so we may live the present as You will it. We pray we may be grounded in Christ as a Lutheran congregation, and guided by Your grace as we walk in forgiveness. We pray we are growing continually in faith as servants in Christ’s Kingdom proclaiming the Gospel. In Jesus name. Amen.

Common Doxology

Δ Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen. 

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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