Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg
On This Glorious Resurrection Sunday!
Here is our Order of Worship
Easter Prayer of St. Hippolytus (AD 190-236)
Christ is Risen: The world below lies desolate
Christ is Risen: The spirits of evil are fallen
Christ is Risen: The angels of God are rejoicing
Christ is Risen: The tombs of the dead are empty
Christ is Risen indeed from the dead,
the first of the sleepers,
Glory and power are his forever and ever
Easter Prayer (2011) – Mark Galli link
O Risen Lord, be our resurrection and life.
Be the resurrection and the life for us and all whom you have made.
Be the resurrection and the life for those caught in the grip of sin and addiction.
Be the resurrection and the life for those who feel forsaken.
Be the resurrection and the life for those who live as if you do not.
Be the resurrection and the life for those who do not believe they need resurrection and life.
Be the resurrection and the life in churches that believe they are dying,
and in successful churches who don’t know they are dead.
Be the resurrection and the life in us who know the good but fail to do it,
who have not been judged but still judge, who know love but still live for self,
who know hope but succumb to despair.
Be the resurrection and the life for those dying of malnutrition and hunger.
Be the resurrection and life for those imprisoned unjustly and those imprisoned justly.
Be the resurrection and life for those who live under regimes
that seek to crush all who proclaim resurrection and life.
Be the resurrection and the life for those in the throes of sickness that leads to death.
Be the resurrection and the life in families where the weak are maltreated by the strong.
Be the resurrection and the life in marriages that are disintegrating.
Be the resurrection and the life for women trafficked and enslaved by the forces of wickedness.
Be the resurrection and the life for those whose lives are snuffed out in the womb.
Be the resurrection and the life for anyone anywhere who knows suffering and death in any form,
and for Creation itself, which groans in travail.
Be the resurrection and life in the life we share and the fellowship we enjoy,
that filled anew with the wonder of your love and the power of your grace,
we may go forth to proclaim your resurrection life to a world in the grip of death and yet on the verge of redemption,
a redemption promised by you and assured by what occurred on the first Easter morn.
Scripture Reading: Luke 22:63-71 (NASB Bible Gateway)
Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking Him and beating Him, and they blindfolded Him and were asking Him, saying, “Prophesy, who is the one who hit You?” And they were saying many other things against Him, blaspheming.
Jesus before the Sanhedrin
When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying, “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I ask a question, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.” Then they said, “What further need do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”
We will be featuring Wade Burleson’s Resurrection Sunday message next week.
Easter Prayer: Book of Common Prayer link
How blessed is this day, when earth and heaven are joined and humankind is reconciled to God!
May the light of Jesus shine continually to drive away all darkness.
May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find his light ever burning in our hearts
-he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever.