EPISTLE                                                                                                                              Colossians 3:1–4​

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Psalm                                                                                                                               Psalm 118:15–29

​Glad songs of salvation
are in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
the right hand of the Lord exalts,
the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”
I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord has disciplined me severely,
but He has not given me over to death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank You that You have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!
Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God,
and He has made His light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!
You are my God, and I will give thanks to You;
You are my God; I will extol You.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
for His steadfast love endures forever!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jonathan Bontke

                                                                         + Word +

INTROIT                                                                     Exodus 15:2a, 6, 13, 17–18; antiphon: v. 15:1b

I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed | gloriously;*
the horse and his rider He has thrown in- | to the sea.
The Lord is my strength | and my song,*
and He has become my sal- | vation;
Your right hand, O Lord, glorious | in power,*
Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the | enemy.
You have led in Your steadfast love the people whom You | have redeemed;*
You have guided them by Your strength to Your ho- | ly abode.
You will bring them in and plant them on Your own | mountain,*
the place, O Lord, which You have made for | Your abode,
the sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have es- | tablished.*
The Lord will reign forever and | ever.
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
is now, and will be forever. | Amen.
I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed | gloriously;*
the horse and his rider He has thrown in- | to the sea.

COLLECT OF THE DAY
Almighty God the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  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#477   
Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven 

Dismissal 

P    Go in peace as you serve our risen Lord. 
C   Thanks be to God! 

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

P   Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, blessed are You, for You loved the world so much that You gave your only Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. We give thanks for His entire obedient life of service, His sacrificial death, and His glorious resurrection. Gathered in His name, we ask You to bless us as we partake of His body and His blood. Strengthen us thereby to witness to His rising; and grant us the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation which come to us in this sacrament. To you, O Father, with the Son and Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever. 

C   Amen. 

NICENE CREED

I believe in one God,
     the Father Almighty,
     maker of heaven and earth
          and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
     the only-begotten Son of God,
     begotten of His Father before all worlds,
     God of God, Light of Light,
     very God of very God,
     begotten, not made,
     being of one substance with the Father,
     by whom all things were made;
     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
     and was made man;
     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
     He suffered and was buried.
     And the third day He rose again according to the Scripture

     and ascended into heaven
     and sits at the right hand of the Father.
     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
     whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the Lord and giver of life,
     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
     who spoke by the prophets.
     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
     and I look for the resurrection of the dead
     and the life + of the world to come. Amen.​

​Prayer of the Church
P      Let us pray to our God and Father, who raised Jesus from the dead.

P      Lord, strengthen all those who proclaim the Good News of Your death and resurrection to the world. Grant that we all              be faithful witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection, as was Mary Magdalene. We know that our Redeemer lives!
C     What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
 

P     Lord, uplift all those in times of crisis. Give them courage to admit their struggles and bring them to You, for Your love            extends to all people regardless of our sins. We know that our Redeemer lives!
C     What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

P     Lord, encourage all those who are gathered for worship today that they continue to gather to worship You and sing Your          praises with all the faithful. We know that our Redeemer lives!
C     What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

P     Lord, protect all those who are threatened by the assaults of Satan. Surround them with Your presence, so that Satan                  would be rendered powerless. Point all people to the protection and healing found in Your Word and Sacraments. We                know that our Redeemer lives!
C     What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

P     Lord, help us to rejoice with all those who rejoice, singing Your praises, and telling all the world what the Lord has done          for us. We know that our Redeemer lives!
C     What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

    Lord, place Your healing hand upon all those who are sick, injured, and recovering, [especially . . .]. Raise them up from          their suffering and give them patience in their afflictions. We know that our Redeemer lives!
C     What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

P     Lord, comfort all those who mourn with the power of Jesus’ resurrection to eternal life, [especially . . .]. Though we                  grieve, we grieve in hope, knowing that those who have died in the Lord are with Jesus and will be raised on the Last              Day. We know that our Redeemer lives!

C     What comfort this sweet sentence gives! Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER                                                                                                                          
C     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.


 BLESSING

P      Alleluia! Christ is risen!

C     He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

P     Alleluia!

C     Alleluia!

P    The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the           blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well         pleasing in His sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.
C    Amen.

P     The Lord bless you and keep you.
       The Lord make His face to shine on you and be gracious to you.
       The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.
C     Amen.​

​Agnus Dei #822   “Alleluia! Let Praises Ring” st. 2 

Distribution Hymns  

Hymn#631    “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face” 
Hymn#629    “What Is This Bread” 
Hymn#640    “Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior” 
Hymn#633    “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” 
Hymn#621    “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” 

Post-Communion Canticle 

Post-Communion Thanksgiving 

P   Let us pray. 
     Heavenly Father, gracious Lord, we give thanks that You have refreshed us through this foretaste of the feast       to come. 

C   Grant us strength and guidance that we may be Your messengers of pardon and peace each day until faith gives way to sight at the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end; 

 through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and         forever. 

C   Amen. ​

The Resurrection of Our Lord


Mary Magdalene


As We Gather 

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                                                   Jeremiah 31:1–6

“At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be My people.”
Thus says the Lord:
“The people who survived the sword
found grace in the wilderness;
when Israel sought for rest,
the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued My faithfulness to you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
O virgin Israel!
Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines
and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
Again you shall plant vineyards
on the mountains of Samaria;
the planters shall plant
and shall enjoy the fruit.
For there shall be a day when watchmen will call
in the hill country of Ephraim:
‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
to the Lord our God.’ ”

The Words of Our Lord 

P   Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.” 

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” ​

Proclamation of Christ 

 As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 
C  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. 

P   O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat and to drink, You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion, Your blessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead, Your ascension into heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment. So remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray: 

Lord’s Prayer 

C   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. 


Pax Domini 

P   The peace of the Lord be with you always. 
C   Amen. ​​​

  • Mary Magdalene13:18

BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH 
6830 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. 
Austin, TX 78744 
Office 512-443-4947 

Pastor Jonathan Bontke 
Cell 1-512-426-7040 
Home 512 -520-5171 
www.bslcaustin.com

VERSE                                                                                                                                                 2 Timothy 1:10b
Alleluia. [Christ Jesus] abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Alleluia.


​HOLY GOSPEL                                                                                                                                       John 20:1–18    Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”  So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.  Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise from the dead.  Then the disciples went back to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb.  And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.  They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”  Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to Him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (Which means Teacher).  Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’”  Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that He had said these things to her.
​​

​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,              discrimination, or injustice. 
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.” Let us pray for all who visit hospitals,            nursing homes, and cemeteries on this holy day. 
C   Dry the eyes of those who mourn, O Holy Spirit, through their resurrection faith. Give comforting              words to those who visit, 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, in whose name we pray. 
C   Amen. ​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (LCMS)

Sermon Text: John 20:1–18

Sermon: 

​We have followed Jesus to the cross, the tomb, and now we follow Jesus out of the tomb as He rises from the dead and appears to another witness: Mary Magdalene. Jesus’ Easter morning resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene might be unexpected. After all, Mary had endured a terrible past. Jesus had cast seven demons out of her in the early part of His ministry. But Mary is chosen to be this eyewitness, and she exclaims to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord” (John 20:18). Mary is the first to see Jesus’ resurrected glory and proclaim this good news, which we speak again and again today, “Alleluia! Christ is risen!”​

Offering 

Offertory#805    “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” 

SACRAMENT  

Preface 

P   The Lord be with you. 
C   And also with you. 

P   Lift up your hearts. 
C   We lift them to the Lord. 

P   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 
C   It is right to give Him thanks and praise. 

Proper Preface 

P   It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God. And most especially are we bound to praise You on this day for the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the very Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us and bore the sins of the world. By His dying He has destroyed death, and by His rising again He has restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, and with all the witnesses of the resurrection, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying: 

 Sanctus#822    “Alleluia! Let Praises Ring” st. 4