PRAYERS


​Prayer of the Church—Responsive Form
The Resurrection of Our Lord
4 April 2021

Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Lord God, on this glorious day, fill Your people with a holy fear at the resurrection of Your Son, that we would tremble no longer before the grave but rejoice and live in the truth of Your power to save. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Be with Matthew, our Synod president; _____________, our district president; and all our pastors. Keep them faithful to deliver to Your people the apostolic Gospel of Your Son’s death, burial and resurrection. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us hold fast to the Word preached to us, that receiving it with joy we may take our stand in it and be saved by it. Hinder all who would sow doubt into our hearts, and grant us courage to confess its truth in our life and conversation. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless Joseph, our president, and all who make and administer our laws. Frustrate the forces of evil, and do not let our leaders cooperate with them or further their goals. Guard our armed forces as they stand watch for us at home and abroad. Let them serve with honor and integrity. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Have mercy on the sick and those in any need [especially _____________]. Let the dawning light of the new creation in Christ sustain them in faith. In accord with Your will, grant them renewed health — a foretaste of their eternal healing in Him. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give us joy in Your Son’s great victory feast as He shares it with us from this altar. In the eating of His true body and the drinking of His precious blood in faith, overcome our sin by His forgiveness and swallow up our death in His life, that we may be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Comfort those who mourn with the truth of Christ’s empty tomb, that in the midst of their grief they may abide in the hope of His resurrection. Uphold them in faith as they await the day when You will wipe every tear from all faces. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 We join today in singing eternal alleluias with innumerable angels in festal gathering, with the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven and with the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and we bring these petitions before You, dear Father, trusting in Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 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

Pastor: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor: Alleluia!

People: Alleluia!

Pastor: 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.

People: Amen.

Pastor: 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.

People: Amen.​

HYMN# 490 “Jesus Lives!  The Victory’s Won”

1. Jesus lives! The vict'ry's won!
Death no longer can appall me;
Jesus lives! Death's reign is done!
From the grave Christ will recall me.
Brighter scenes will then commence;
This shall be my confidence.

2. Jesus lives! To Him the throne
High above all things is given.
I shall go where He is gone,
Live and reign with Him in heaven.
God is faithful; doubtings, hence!
This shall be my confidence.

3. Jesus lives! For me He died.
Hence will I, to Jesus living,
Pure in heart and act abide,
Praise to Him and glory giving.
All I need God will dispense;
This shall be my confidence.

4. Jesus lives! I know full well
Nothing me from Him shall sever,
Neither death nor pow'rs of hell
Part me now from Christ forever.
God will be my sure defense;
This shall be my confidence.

5. Jesus lives! And now is death
But the gate of life immortal;
This shall calm my trembling breath
When I pass its gloomy portal.
Faith shall cry, as fails each sense;
Jesus is my confidence!

​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. ​

HYMN# 480 “He’s Risen, He’s Risen”

​ 1. He’s risen, He’s risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord; He opened death’s prison, the_incarnate, true Word. Break forth, hosts of heaven, in jubilant song And earth, sea, and mountain their praises prolong.


2. The foe was triumphant when on Calvary The Lord of creation was nailed to the tree. In Satan’s domain did the hosts shout and jeer, For Jesus was slain, whom the evil ones fear.


3. But short was their triumph; the Savior arose, And death, hell, and Satan He vanquished, His foes. The conquering Lord lifts His banner on high; He lives, yes, He lives, and will nevermore die.


4. O, where is your sting, death? We fear you no more; Christ rose, and now open is fair Eden’s door. For all our transgressions His blood does atone; Redeemed and forgiven, we now are His own.

​“HE IS RISEN"
As We Gather 

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. ​​​

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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

​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. ​

RETURN OF ALLELUIAS

Pastor:             Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

People:            He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor:             He is not here!

People:            Look at the place where they laid Him!

Pastor:             He is risen, just as He said!

People:            Alleluia! Alleluia!​

HYMN# 488 “He Is Arisen!  Glorious Word”​

He is arisen! Glorious Word!
Now reconciled is God, my Lord;
The gates of heav'n are open.
My Jesus did triumphant die,
And Satan's arrows broken lie,
Destroyed hell's fiercest weapon.
Oh, hear what cheer!
Christ victorious
Rising glorious,
Life is giving.
He was dead but now is living!​

Old Testament Reading                                                                                                                                              Exodus 15:1-11       

Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,
 “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
    the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

The Lord is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
    my father's God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a man of war;
    the Lord is his name.

 “Pharaoh's chariots and his host he cast into the sea,
    and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea.
The floods covered them;
    they went down into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power,
    your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries;
    you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble.
At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up;
    the floods stood up in a heap;
    the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,
    I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.
    I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’
 You blew with your wind; the sea covered them;
    they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
    Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
    awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?



EPISTLE READING                                                                                                                    1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (ESV)

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?  Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.  Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


GOSPEL READING:                                                                                                                                            John 20:1-18 (ESV)


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; 9 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.


​HYMN#463 “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia”

​1. Christ the Lord is ris'n today; Alleluia!
Christians, hasten on your way; Alleluia!
Offer praise with love replete, Alleluia!
At the paschal victim's feet. Alleluia!


2. For the sheep the Lamb has bled, Alleluia!
Sinless in the sinner's stead. Alleluia!
Christ the Lord is ris'n on high; Alleluia!
Now He lives no more to die. Alleluia!


3. Hail, the victim undefiled, Alleluia!
God and sinners reconciled, Alleluia!
When contending death and life, Alleluia!
Met in strange and awesome strife. Alleluia!


4. Christians, on this holy day, Alleluia!
All your grateful homage pay; Alleluia!
Christ the Lord is ris'n on high; Alleluia!
Now He lives, no more to die. Alleluia!
 ​

​CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P   
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C   Amen.

P   
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C   But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

P   
Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C   Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

P    Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   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. 

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

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