They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” God has indeed raised from the dead the one who was put to death “by hanging him on a tree.” Alleluia! God allows Jesus to appear “to us who were chosen by God as witnesses” in holy baptism and invites us to eat and drink at the table of the risen Christ. Alleluia!
Sunday Worship Music
Traditional Worship – 366 – The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done … Alleluias blare in this hymn and we proclaim our praise of Jesus who destroyed death in three days. Jesus has risen from the dead to bring us life and light and hope in a promise made sure. Christ has died for us and will raise us to eternal life! Alleluia!
New Day Praise Song — Today is the Day … In New Day, one of our Praise Songs cries out,, “Today is the day You have made I will rejoice and be glad in it. And I won’t worry about tomorrow I’m trusting in what You say. Today is the day “ It voices the pure trust and hope that we find at the empty tomb with Mary Magdalene and all who follow of Jesus. Come sing with us!
For Your Reflection …
In an Easter weekend filled with so many opportunities for food and fellowship … Easter Dinner … Easter candy … Easter eggs … let’s not forget the dinner of all dinners, set at the table which defines welcome and hospitality … the table of our Lord. Here is a prayer to help in your reflection: “We give you thanks, O Lord, for you are good, and your steadfast love endures forever. As did the disciples of old, we felt lost from your love, and our fears drove us to hiding. Now we can cast aside the fears that once weighed us down, for Christ is risen and the death we feared most has lost its sting. In this brad, we remember the broken body of Jesus and the fact that you loved us unto death. Yet also in this bread, we find the food of our souls to nourish and strengthen us in the living Christ. As we eat this bread, we come out of hiding to tell the whole world that our Christ is alive! Amen.