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Easter Day

Prelude

Opening Acclamation

Alleluia. Christ is Risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Opening Prayer

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn of Praise: Jesus Christ is Risen Today

1 Jesus Christ is ris'n today, Alleluia! our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! who did once upon the cross Alleluia! suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

2 Hymns of praise then let us sing Alleluia! unto Christ our heav'nly King, Alleluia! who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

3 But the pains which he endured, Alleluia! our salvation have procured; Alleluia!

now above the sky he's King, Alleluia! where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the 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 for ever. Amen.

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Please keep your microphone on mute except when you are speaking.

To speak, click the microphone in the lower left of your screen, or the blue button in the corner of your picture. It also works to hold down the space bar on your keyboard while you talk.

Fr. Harries will unmute all when there are responses to be said.

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Jeremiah 31:1-6

At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families 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 take your tambourines,

and 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 sentinels will call in the hill country of Ephraim:

“Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.”

Response: Hear what the spirit is saying to God’s people. Thanks be to God.

Psalm 118

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; * his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, * "His mercy endures for ever."

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, * and he has become my salvation.

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory * in the tents of the righteous:

16 "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! * the right hand of the Lord is exalted!

the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; * I will enter them;

I will offer thanks to the Lord.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected * has become the chief cornerstone.

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23 This is the Lord's doing, * and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; * we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Interlude

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Matthew 28:1-10

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon The Rev. Dr. Thomas Harries Hymn, Now the Green Blade Riseth

1 Now the green blade riseth, from the buried grain, Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;

Love lives again, that with the dead has been:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

2 In the grave they laid Him, Love who had been slain, Thinking that He never would awake again,

Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

3 Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain, Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain; Quick from the dead the risen One is seen:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

4 When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain, Jesus' touch can call us back to life again,

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Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People Form V (adapted)

In peace, let us pray to the Lord saying, "Lord have mercy."

We pray for the churches of our Southwest Mission Area in Fairmont, Mankato, Marshall, Morton, and here in St. Peter. We pray for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, the United States, and the world wide Anglican Communion. In the Anglican cycle of prayer today we remember ....

For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For the peace of the world; that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord have mercy.

For a blessing upon all human labor, and for the right use of the riches of creation; that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer,

especially . . .

For refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

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For all who serve in the Armed Forces; that God will watch over them. Bring comfort and relief to their loved ones. For all civilians in harm’s way, and that there may be peace in the world, we pray to you O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For our enemies and those who wish us harm, and for all whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For all who have commended themselves to our prayers,

especially those who have birthdays or anniversaries this week:

For our families, friends, and neighbors; that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For all who have died in the communion of your Church and those whose faith is known to you alone remembering especially ...; that they may have rest with all the saints in that place where there is no pain or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, we commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life to Christ our God. To thee O Lord our God.

Collect

Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them with your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (together) 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,

for ever and ever. Amen.

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Hymn, This Joyful Eastertide

1. This joyful Eastertide,

away with care and sorrow! My Love, the Crucified,

hath sprung to life this morrow.

Refrain:

Had Christ, that once was slain, ne'er burst His three-day prison, our faith had been in vain;

but now is Christ arisen,

arisen, arisen, arisen.

2. Death's flood hath lost its chill, since Jesus crossed the river: Lord of all life, from ill

my passing soul deliver. (Refrain)

Peace Postlude Blessing Dismissal

Coffee Hour

I invite you to get a cup of coffee and stay on for a while to visit.

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