Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
All: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

A reading from Luke 24:1-9: At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus. They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words. They left the tomb and broke the news of all this to the Eleven and the rest.

Let us pray: God of surprises, You speak to us in our darkest hours and give us your light. Death has no hold over you. Give us the wonder and delight of celebrating your victory and our salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen

(May be sung or said) Were you there when he rose up from the dead? Were you there when he rose up from the dead? Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when he rose up from the dead?


Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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.

Hear the prayers of your people, O God, who have walked by faith and not by sight. Help us live and love this way of the Cross. Bring us all to the day when we celebrate your resurrection.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Amen

The readings are from The Message. Drawing by Gustave Dore and anonymous. Prayers by Rev. Dr. Jack Horner
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