April 9, 2023 – Resurrection of the Lord / Easter Evening

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 25:6–9
A feast on the day of the Lord; God will swallow up death forever.

Psalm 114
The earth shakes and the sea retreats in the presence of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 5:6b–8
Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed; let us keep the feast.

Luke 24:13–49
On the road to Emmaus, two disciples meet the risen Lord.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Behold, this is our God:
who destroys the shroud that is cast over us.
Behold, this is our God:
who swallows up death forever.
Behold, this is our God:
who wipes away the tears from all faces.
Behold, this is our God:
through Jesus Christ, God saves us.

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving For Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the new life you raise up in us
through the mystery of our baptism—
the sorrow of the heavy cross,
the surprise of the empty tomb,
the love that death could not destroy.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
fill us with the joy of resurrection,
so that we may be a living sign
of your new heaven and new earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon​

At the baptismal font:
Christ comes to us
even after we have betrayed and denied him.
Christ comes to teach us,
to share a meal with us,
to invite us into community once again.
Let us turn once again to Christ,
sharing the whole of our lives with him.

Miraculous Christ,
we have heard it time and time again,
the story of your death and resurrection,
the story of your reappearance among us.
We know you are here,
and yet we often do not recognize you.
Forgive us for failing to perceive you.
Help us to see you in the companions
we meet along the way,
in those whose needs we ignore,
in faces both familiar and strange.
May we know you by the burning in our hearts,
and the peace you bring to our souls.

Lifting water from the font:
It is written that the Messiah is to suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day,
and that repentance and forgiveness of sins
is to be proclaimed in Christ’s name to all nations.
We are witnesses of these things;
praise be to Christ! Alleluia!

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Living God, with joy we celebrate
the presence of your risen Word.
Enliven our hearts by your Holy Spirit
so that we may proclaim the good news
of eternal and abundant life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
Ezekiel 37:4

After the readings:
This is the good news which we have received,
in which we stand, and by which we are saved.
Thanks be to God. 
1 Corinthians 15:1–2


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
All authority and power and dominion
to the name that is above all names—
Jesus Christ our Lord—
now and in the age to come. Amen.
Ephesians 1:21

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Life in Christ is life eternal.
The resurrection of Jesus is the sign
that God will consummate the work
of creation and reconciliation beyond death
and bring to fulfillment
the new life begun in Christ.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.26

Prayers of Intercession

We offer our prayers through Christ,
who lives and reigns forever,
and prays for us in heaven.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for the church . . .
Let us be people of joy, living witnesses
to the power of the resurrection
and the good news of your grace and peace.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for the earth . . .
From the dust of the damaged earth,
raise up your new creation,
full of beauty, wonder, and glory.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for all nations . . .
Let the message of your saving power
spread throughout the world:
that the dominion of death is no more.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for this community . . .
Let the doors of this church be open wide
as we go forth in love and service
and others come in to find a home.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for loved ones . . .
Give hope to those who wait for good news.
Turn their mourning into dancing,
and their sorrow into joy.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all power and glory, receive these prayers,
and continue your mighty work among us,
through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.
Ephesians 1:15–23

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
How does God’s love abide in anyone
who has the world’s goods
yet refuses to help a sister or brother in need?
Remembering God’s great love for the world,
let us offer our lives to the Lord.
1 John 3:16–17

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
Great God, to you we give our thanks;
your steadfast love endures forever.
With gratitude we bring our gifts to you.
Bless us and our gifts,
that our lives and our resources
may be a source of healing and hope,
of joy and justice in our world. Amen.

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God:
Your love is everlasting; your faithfulness will never die.
You have extended the promise of salvation to all
through Christ Jesus, who is risen from the dead.

Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.

Blessed is Jesus Christ, our Savior:
Early on the first day of the week, Jesus’ disciples
went to his tomb, only to find it empty.
There they discovered that he had risen indeed.
The words of institution are included here.

Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.
A Memorial Acclamation (e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Teach us to set our minds on the things that are above,
where Christ is, seated at your right hand.
Make us ready to meet him when he is revealed in glory.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer


Breaking the Bread


Communion of the People


Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Prayer after Communion

Thank you, O God, for giving us communion
with our risen and glorious Lord.
Now send us out to be a sign
of the new life that has come into the world;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
May the love of the holy triune God—
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—
abide with you forever. Alleluia!
1 John 4:13–16

Now go forth in Jesus’ name,
remembering his new commandment
to love one another, just as he has loved us. Amen.
1 John 3:23

“Road to Emmaus”

Fritz von Uhde, 1891

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Thine Is the Glory (OEG) JUDAS MACCABEUS GTG 238, PH 122
  • The Day of Resurrection! (OE) LANCASHIRE GTG 233, PH 118
  • O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing (G) O FILII ET FILAE GTG 235, PH 116
  • Listen, Now We Tell a Mystery (OG) HYMN TO JOY IHLC 42


  • Now the Green Blade Rises (OE) NOËL NOUVELET GTG 247
  • Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bonds (OEG) CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN GTG 237, PH 110
  • Day of Arising (G) RAABE GTG 252
  • Come On in My Room (G) arr. Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, AAHH 525


  • The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (E) THE FEAST IS READY GTG 505
  • Look Who Gathers at Christ’s Table! (G) COPELAND GTG 506
  • This Is the Feast of Victory (E) FESTIVAL CANTICLE GTG 513, PH 594
  • Vamos todos al banquete / Let Us Go Now to the Banquet (OEG) MISA POPULAR SALVADOREÑ SSS 412


  • Alleluia! Christ Is Arisen / ¡Aleluya! Cristo resucitó (G) SANTO DOMINGO GTG 253
  • Day of Delight and Beauty Unbounded (E) IN DIR IST FREUDE GTG 242
  • Jesus, Light of Joy (G) LAUDA ANIMA GTG 673
  • Look There! The Christ (G) TILTON Rejoice in God, K. Lee Scott, MSM

Psalms and Canticles


  • When We Came Out of Egypt [ D]; SGP 168
  • When Israel Was Going Forth [PISGAH]; GTG 58, PP 216 (with refrain)
  • When Israel Fled from Egypt Land [O HEILAND REISS, ANDRE]; PAS 114B, A; LUYH 41


  • Come You Faithful, Raise the Strain [GAUDEAMUS PARITER/AVE VIRGO VIRGINUM]; PAS 114C (alt. refrain 1)
  • Hallelujah, Hallelujah [O FILII ET FILIAE]; HTP1 132
  • Freedom Is Coming / Dios nos libera; SSS 29–30

Organ Music

  • “Auf, auf, mein Herz, mit Freuden,” Orgelchoral, Grosses Orgelbuch III, Ernst Pepping, Schott (MA)
  • “Thine Is the Glory,” JUDAS MACCABAEUS, Augsburg Organ Library: Easter, Emily Maxson Porter, AF (ME)
  • “Heut triumphieret Gottes Shon,” Orgelbüchlein, J. S. Bach, public domain (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Stay with Us,” Egil Hovland, AF, SATB, org (M)
  • “Easter Introit,” John Ferguson, MSM, SATB, org, 2 tpt, opt trb, perc (M)
  • “Sing Forth, O Earth, Your Music Sound,” G. F. Handel, arr. Hal Hopson, HIN, SATB, keybd (M)
  • “Easter Festival,” Michael Bryson, BP, SATB, keybd, opt brass qrt, perc, cong (M)
  • “In Thee Is Gladness,” Giovanni Gastoldi, arr. Daniel Kallman, MSM, SATB, org, opt fl (M)
  • “This Is the Day the Lord Has Made,” Melchior Franck, ed. Richard Proulx, GIA, SATB, acap (MA)
  • “That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright,” Hal Hopson, MSM, SATB, org, opt brass qrt (ME)
  • “Thine Is the Glory,” arr. Michael Burkhardt, MSM, SATB, org, brass qrt, opt cong, tuba, timp (ME)
  • “Rejoice This Easter Day,” Jeremy Bankston, MSM, SATB, org, brass quin, opt perc (ME)
  • “Alleluia! Glorious Word!,” Philipp Nicolai, arr. Carolyn Jennings, AF, SATB, org, brass quin (M)
  • “Alleluia! For Christ the Lord Is Risen,” J. S. Bach, ed. Paul Thomas, CON, SATB, org, opt orch (MA)
  • “He Has the Power!,” Mass of St. Augustine, Leon Roberts, GIA, SATB, pno, opt bass, perc (M)
  • “This Joyful Eastertide,” arr. John Ferguson, AF, 2 pt mx, opt SATB, org (ME)

Handbell Music

  • “Thine Is the Glory,” Lloyd Larson, 3–5 oct, BP, HB390, Level 3-
  • “The Day of Resurrection,” Valerie Stephenson, 3–5 oct, JHS, JHS9088, Level 4
  • “Now the Green Blade Riseth,” Kevin McChesney, 3–6 oct, opt orch, opt band, opt SATB/keybd, HOPE, hb 1892, orch 1892O, band 1892OB, SATB/keybd C5161, Level 3


  • Road to Emmaus, Altobello Melone (VDL)
  • Road to Emmaus, Fritz von Uhde (VDL)
  • To Have Without Holding, Jan Richardson (JR)
  • Emmaus, Jan Richardson (JR)