4/18-20/19 Holy Three Days

The Three Days

Maundy Thursday | Good Friday | The Great Vigil of Easter

The Book of Common Worship (2018)

 Southminster Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Waukesha, Wisconsin

The liturgy for the Three Days proclaims one dramatic story in three acts. The events of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter are best understood as one service, unfolding over the course of three days. Through this profound and transforming experience at the heart of the Christian year, we are immersed in the holy mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection and the great story of God’s saving love.

 

Maundy Thursday (from mandatum, Latin for commandment) proclaims Jesus’ new commandment to love one another as he has loved us. It celebrates Christ’s example of humble service and self-offering, represented by the washing of feet and the sharing of communion. The liturgy begins with an emphasis on confession and forgiveness, concluding the penitential season of Lent. It ends with the stripping of the church in preparation for worship on Good Friday.

 

Good Friday proclaims the good news of salvation through the paradoxical suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. The center of this liturgy is the reading of the passion narrative from the Gospel of John, in which Christ is lifted up on the cross as a sign of God’s great love for the

world. In the Solemn Intercession, we join Jesus’ prayer for the church and world, as he reaches out with compassion from the cross. Through the Solemn Reproaches of the Cross, we hear Christ’s anguished lament: My people, my church, why have you forsaken me?

 

The Great Vigil of Easter proclaims God’s victory over sin and death through Christ’s resurrection. Traditionally, the Easter Vigil begins at sunset, in keeping with the ancient Jewish/Christian understanding of evening as the start of a new day. The Easter Vigil consists of four movements: the Service of Light, rejoicing in the coming of Christ as the light of the world; the Service of Readings, remembering the story of God’s mighty  acts through history, leading up to Jesus’ resurrection; the Service of Baptism, welcoming new members of Christ’s body and reaffirming God’s covenant with us; and the Service of Eucharist, giving thanks for new life

in Christ and anticipating the joyful feast of the realm of God.

 

The liturgy for the Three Days encompasses the end of Lent and the beginning of Easter. Like the threshold of a door, it stands between the two seasons—as through the suffering and sorrow of Jesus’ death we enter into God’s promise of abundant and everlasting life. Thus the Great

Vigil begins the great fifty days of Easter, the church’s joyful celebration of the new thing God has done, is doing, and will do in Jesus Christ.

 

 

Maundy Thursday

 

GATHERING

OPENING SENTENCES      John 13:34

Jesus said: I give you a new commandment,

that you love one another.

Just as Christ has loved us,

let us love one another.

 

Beloved people of God:

This is the day

when Christ, our Passover Lamb,

surrendered himself to those who would kill him,

setting us free from sin and death forever.

This is the day

when Christ, our Teacher and Lord,

knelt down to wash the disciples’ feet,

showing us how to love and serve one another.

This is the day

when Christ, the bread of heaven,

shared a holy meal with his followers,

offering a feast of abundant life and grace for all.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

O God, your love is embodied in Jesus Christ,

who washed disciples’ feet on the night of his betrayal.

Wash us from the stain of sin,

so that, in hours of danger, we may not fail,

but follow your Son through every trial,

and praise him always as Lord and Christ,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

HYMN #202 An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare

 

PRAYER OF RECONCILATION                Rom. 5:8; Heb. 4:16; John 20:19, 21, 26

The proof of God’s amazing love is this:

while we were sinners Christ died for us.

Because we have faith in him,

we dare to approach God with confidence.

In faith and penitence

let us confess our sin before God and one another.

 

Brief silence

 

Eternal God, whose covenant with us is never broken,

we confess that we fail to fulfill your will.

Though you have bound yourself to us,

we will not bind ourselves to you.

In Jesus Christ you serve us freely,

but we refuse your love

and withhold ourselves from others.

 

We do not love you fully

or love one another as you command.

In your mercy, forgive and cleanse us.

Lead us once again to your table

and unite us to Christ, who is the bread of life

and the vine from which we grow in grace.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.

I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ,

you are forgiven. Thanks be to God.

May the God of mercy, who forgives us all our sins,

strengthen you in all goodness,

and by the power of the Holy Spirit

keep you in eternal life. Amen.

 

Since God has forgiven us in Christ,

let us forgive one another.

The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ

be with you all. And also with you.

 

The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace and reconciliation.

 

HYMN # 203 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love

 

WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Eternal God, by your Word and Spirit,

you have given us a new commandment:

to love and serve one another in Jesus’ name.

Let the good news of your liberating love

be sealed in our hearts and shown in our lives;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE

First Reading                                      Exodus 12:1–4 (5–10), 11–14

Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19                        (HYMN #655 or 799)

Second Reading                                  1 Corinthians 11:23–26

Gospel Reading                                  John 13:1–17, 31b–35

 

SERMON

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: UNALTERED NICENE CREED (AD 325)

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

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

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

 

HANDWASHING

You are invited to take part in the washing of hands,

a sign of Christ’s love and care for us

and of the humble service to which we are called

as Christ’s disciples.

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Liberating and redeeming God,

we give thanks that you hear the cries of your people.

Therefore, in our time of trial, we call upon your name,

saying: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As you delivered our ancestors from slavery

and led them to a land of promise and plenty,

liberate all who are captive or oppressed

and bring them to a place of abundant life.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As you saved your people from death

on the night of the Passover,

redeem us from sin and death

through Jesus Christ the Lamb.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord

stooped down to wash his disciples’ feet,

teach us to love and serve our neighbors

with Christlike compassion and humility.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As Christ the Lord has handed on to us

a feast of grace in his body and blood,

help us to share with all who hunger

the gifts we have received from you.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God our liberator and redeemer,

we give thanks that you have heard our cry.

Continue to lead us from death to life eternal,

and let our lives be a sign of your saving love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

EUCHARIST

OFFERING                Ps. 116:12–13

What shall we offer for all God’s goodness to us?

Let us lift up the cup of salvation

and call on the name of the Lord.

 

HYMN # 499 Bread of the World in Mercy Broken

 

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE                Exod. 12:14; 1 Cor. 11:26

The Lord said to Moses:

This shall be a day of remembrance for you,

you shall celebrate it as a festival of the Lord.

Paul says to the Church:

As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup,

you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

 

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.

It is truly right and our greatest joy

to give you thanks and praise,

O Lord our God, creator and ruler of the universe.

You made us in your image,

and freed us from the bonds of slavery.

You claimed us as your people,

and made covenant to be our God.

You fed us manna in the wilderness,

and brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey.

When we forgot your covenant

you spoke through prophets,

calling us to turn again to your ways.

Therefore we praise you,

joining our voices with the celestial choirs

and with all the faithful of every time and place,

who forever sing to the glory of your name:

ALL SING # 552 Holy, Holy, Holy

 

You are holy, O God of majesty,

and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

In humility he descends from your heights,

to kneel in obedience to love’s commands.

He who is boundless takes on the bondage of our sin.

He who is free takes our place in death’s prison.

He who is risen leads us to eternal life.

 

Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts,

we take this bread and this wine from the gifts you have given us,

and celebrate with joy the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ.

Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving

as a living and holy offering of ourselves,

that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen.

ALL SING # 553 Christ Has Dies; Christ is Risen

 

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us

and upon these your gifts of bread and wine,

that the bread we break and the cup we bless

may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.

By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ

and with all who are baptized in his name,

that we may be one in ministry in every place.

As this bread is Christ’s body for us,

send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.

 

Lead us, O God, by the power of your Spirit

to live as love commands.

Bound to Christ,

set us free for joyful obedience and glad service.

As Jesus gave his life for ours,

help us to live our lives for others

with humility and persistent courage.

Give us strength to serve you faithfully

until the promised day of resurrection,

when, with the redeemed of all the ages,

we will feast with you at your table in glory.

Through Christ,

all glory and honor are yours, almighty God,

with the Holy Spirit in the holy church,

now and forever.

ALL SING # 554 Amen

 

As our Savior Christ has taught us,

we are bold 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 debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power

and the glory, forever.

 

BREAKING OF THE BREAD                     1 Cor. 10:16–17

Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body;

for we all partake of the one bread.

 

Breaking of bread, and pouring of the cup with words of institution

 

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

 

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God.

 

COMMUNION

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God of grace, we give you thanks

for the feast of redemption we have shared

in the body and blood of our Savior.

As you have nourished us with love,

let our lives proclaim your great love for the world;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

STRIPPING OF THE CHURCH                   Psalm 22

My God! My God,

why have you left me all alone?

Why are you so far from saving me—

so far from my anguished groans?

My God, I cry out during the day,

    but you don’t answer;

    even at nighttime I don’t stop.

You are the holy one, enthroned.

You are Israel’s praise.

Our ancestors trusted you—

    they trusted you and you rescued them;

they cried out to you and they were saved;

they trusted you and they weren’t ashamed.

 

But I’m just a worm, less than human;

    insulted by one person, despised by another.

All who see me make fun of me—

they gape, shaking their heads:

“He committed himself to the Lord,

        so let God rescue him;

        let God deliver him

        because God likes him so much.”

But you are the one who pulled me from the womb,

placing me safely at my mother’s breasts.

I was thrown on you from birth;

    you’ve been my God

    since I was in my mother’s womb.

Please don’t be far from me,

because trouble is near

and there’s no one to help.

 

Many bulls surround me;

    mighty bulls from Bashan encircle me.

They open their mouths at me

like a lion ripping and roaring!

I’m poured out like water.

    All my bones have fallen apart.

        My heart is like wax;

        it melts inside me.

My strength is dried up

like a piece of broken pottery.

My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;

you’ve set me down in the dirt of death.

Dogs surround me;

    a pack of evil people circle me like a lion—

    oh, my poor hands and feet!

I can count all my bones!

Meanwhile, they just stare at me, watching me.

They divvy up my garments among themselves;

    they cast lots for my clothes.

 

But you, Lord! Don’t be far away!

You are my strength!

Come quick and help me!

Deliver me[a] from the sword.

    Deliver my life from the power of the dog.

Save me from the mouth of the lion.

From the horns of the wild oxen

you have answered me!

 

I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;

    I will praise you in the very center of the congregation!

All of you who revere the Lord—praise him!

All of you who are Jacob’s descendants—honor him!

All of you who are all Israel’s offspring—

stand in awe of him!

Because he didn’t despise or detest

    the suffering of the one who suffered—

    he didn’t hide his face from me.

    No, he listened when I cried out to him for help.

 

I offer praise in the great congregation

because of you;

I will fulfill my promises

in the presence of those who honor God.

Let all those who are suffering eat and be full!

    Let all who seek the Lord praise him!

        I pray your hearts live forever!

Every part of the earth

will remember and come back to the Lord;

every family among all the nations will worship you.

Because the right to rule belongs to the Lord,

    he rules all nations.

Indeed, all the earth’s powerful

will worship him;

all who are descending to the dust

will kneel before him;

my being also lives for him.

Future descendants will serve him;

    generations to come will be told about my Lord.

They will proclaim God’s righteousness

to those not yet born,

telling them what God has done.

 

The candles are extinguished, and all linens, paraments, and banners are removed from the worship space. After the stripping of the church, all depart in silence. There is no benediction.

 

The service continues on Good Friday.

 

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Good Friday

 

GATHERING

All gather in silence.

 

OPENING SENTENCES      1 Pet. 2:24

Christ Jesus bore our sins in his body on the cross

so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness.

Blessed is the name of the Lord.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Almighty God, look with mercy on your family,

for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed

and to be given over to the hands of sinners,

and to suffer death on the cross;

who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

HYMN # 217 On a Barren Hilltop

 

WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Holy One, our strength in suffering

and our hope for salvation,

lift up your Word of life

and pour out your Spirit of grace

so that we may follow faithfully

all the way to the cross;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE

First Reading              Isaiah 52:13–53:12

Psalm   22                    (HYMN #210 OR 631)

Second Reading          Hebrews 10:16–25

Gospel Reading          John 18:1–19:42

 

Brief silence

 

HYMN # 221 O Sacred Head Now Wounded

 

THE SOLEMN INTERCESSION

Beloved people of God,

as Jesus stretched out his arms on the cross

to offer life and salvation to all,

let us pray for the world that God loves so much.

 

Let us pray for the church throughout the world.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

you have shown your glory to all nations in Jesus Christ.

By your Holy Spirit, guide the church

and gather it throughout the world.

Help it to persevere in faith, proclaim your name,

and bring the good news of salvation in Christ to all people.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us pray for this presbytery and congregation.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

your Spirit guides the church and makes it holy.

Strengthen and uphold pastors and other leaders;

keep them in health and safety for the good of the church.

Help each us of to do faithfully

the work to which you have called us.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us pray for those preparing for baptism.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

you continue to bless the church with new members.

Increase the faith and understanding

of those preparing for baptism.

Give them new birth as your children.

Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy church.

Make all the baptized one in the fullness of faith

and keep us united in the fellowship of love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us pray for people of other faiths.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

gather into your embrace

all those who call out to you under different names.

Bring an end to interreligious strife,

and make us more faithful in our witness

to the love made known to us in your Son.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us pray for those who cannot believe.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

you created humanity so that all might long to know you

and find peace in you.

Grant that all may recognize signs of your love and grace

in the world and in the lives of Christians,

and gladly acknowledge you as the one true God.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us pray for God’s creation.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

you are the creator of a magnificent universe.

Hold this world in the arms of your care,

heal the damage we have done,

and bring all things to fulfillment in you.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us pray for the leaders and people of all nations.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

you are the champion of the poor and the oppressed.

In your goodness, give wisdom to those in authority

so that people everywhere may enjoy justice, peace, freedom,

and a share in the goodness of your creation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us pray for all who suffer or are in need.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

you give strength to the weary

and new courage to those who have lost heart.

Hear the prayers of all who call on you in any trouble

that they may have the joy of receiving your help in their need.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

As our Savior Christ has taught us,

we are bold 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 debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power

and the glory, forever.

 

SOLEMN REPROACHES OF THE CROSS

This is the cross

that held the Savior of the world.

Come, let us worship God.

This is the cross

that held the Savior of the world.

Come, let us worship God.

This is the cross

that held the Savior of the world.

Come, let us worship God.

 

O my people, O my church,

what more could I have done for you?

Answer me!

 

I led you out of slavery into freedom,

and delivered you through the waters of rebirth,

but you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

Forty years I led you through the desert,

feeding you with manna on the way;

I saved you from the time of trial

and gave you my body, the bread of heaven,

but you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

I led you on your way in a pillar of cloud and fire,

but you led me to the judgment hall of Pilate;

I guided you by the light of the Holy Spirit,

but you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

I planted you as my fairest vineyard,

but you brought forth bitter fruit;

I made you branches of the vine

and never left your side,

but you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

I poured out saving water from the rock,

but you gave me vinegar to drink;

I poured out my life

and gave you the new covenant in my blood,

but you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

I gave you a royal scepter,

but you gave me a crown of thorns;

I gave you the kingdom

and crowned you with eternal life,

but you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

I struck down your enemies,

but you struck my head with a reed;

I gave you my peace,

but you draw the sword in my name,

and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

I opened the waters

to lead you to the promised land,

but you opened my side with a spear;

I washed your feet as a sign of my love,

but you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

I lifted you up to the heights,

but you lifted me high on the cross;

I raised you from death

and prepared for you the tree of life,

but you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

I grafted you into my people Israel,

but you made them scapegoats for your own guilt,

and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

I was hungry and you gave me no food,

thirsty and you gave me no drink,

a stranger and you did not welcome me,

naked and you did not clothe me,

sick and in prison and you did not visit me,

and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,

Holy and mighty,

Holy immortal One,

have mercy upon us.

 

HYMN # 228 Were You There

 

All depart in silence.

The service continues with the Easter Vigil, or on Easter Day.

 

The Great Vigil of Easter

Abbreviated

 

Congregation gathers around the Pascal Candle.in the Narthex as the sun sets.

 

SERVICE OF LIGHT

GREETING AND INTRODUCTION                       John 1:1, 4–5

Grace and peace from Jesus Christ our Lord. And also with you.

Beloved people of God, on this most holy night

when our Savior Jesus Christ passed from death to life,

we gather with the church throughout the world

in vigil and prayer.

This is the Passover of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through light and the word,

through water, bread, and wine,

we proclaim Christ’s death and resurrection,

we share Christ’s triumph over sin and death,

and we await Christ’s coming again in glory.

In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

The life of Christ is the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness will not overcome it.

 

OPENING PRAYER

Eternal God, in Jesus Christ

you have given the light of life to all the world.

Bless this new fire,

and kindle in us the desire to shine

with the brightness of Christ’s rising,

until we feast at the banquet of eternal light;

through the Sun of Righteousness,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

LIGHTING THE PASCHAL CANDLE

The light of Christ rises in glory,

casting out the shadow of sin and death.

 

PROCESSION INTO THE CHURCH

All light their candles from the paschal candle.

The light of Christ. Thanks be to God.

 

As people gather at their seats:

The light of Christ. Thanks be to God.

 

At the conclusion of the procession, the paschal candle is placed in its stand in a

central location or near the pulpit or lectern.

The light of Christ. Thanks be to God.

 

 

EASTER PROCLAMATION (EXSULTET)

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.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that with full devotion of heart and mind and voice

we should praise the invisible God

and the only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

who, by his precious blood,

redeemed us from bondage to the ancient sin.

For this is indeed the Paschal Feast

in which the true Lamb is slain,

by whose blood the doorposts of the faithful

are made holy.

 

This is the night.

This is the night in which, in ancient times,

you delivered our forebears, the children of Israel,

and led them, dry-shod, through the sea.

This is the night in which the darkness of sin

has been purged away by the rising brightness.

 

This is the night.

This is the night in which all who believe in Christ

are rescued from evil and the gloom of sin,

are renewed in grace, and are restored in holiness.

 

This is the night.

This is the night in which, breaking the chains of death,

Christ arises from hell in triumph.

O night truly blessed, which alone was worthy to know

the time and hour in which Christ rose again from hell!

 

This is the night.

This is the night of which it is written:

“The night is as clear as the day,” and,

“Then shall my night be turned into day.”

The holiness of this night

puts to flight the deeds of wickedness;

washes away sin;

restores innocence to the fallen,

and joy to those who mourn;

casts out hate; brings peace;

and humbles earthly pride.

 

Therefore, in this night of grace,

receive, O God, our praise and thanksgiving

for the light of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ,

reflected in the burning of this candle.

We sing the glories of this pillar of fire,

the brightness of which is not diminished

even when its light is divided and borrowed.

For it is fed by the melting wax which the bees, your servants,

have made for the substance of this candle.

 

This is the night.

This is the night in which heaven and earth are joined—

things human and things divine.

 

We, therefore, pray to you, O God,

that this candle, burning to the honor of your name,

will continue to vanquish the darkness of night

and be mingled with the lights of heaven.

May Christ the Morning Star find it burning,

that Morning Star who never sets,

that Morning Star who, rising from the grave,

faithfully sheds light on the whole human race.

And we pray,

O God, rule, govern, and preserve

with your continual protection your whole church,

giving us peace in this time of our paschal rejoicing;

through the same Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

HYMN # 260              Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

 

After the singing of the Easter proclamation, the candles of the worshipers are

 

WORD

Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21

HYMN # 65 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

 

Psalm 114

HYMN # 58 When Israel Was Going Forth

 

Romans 6:3-11

HYMN # 233 The Day of Resurrection

 

Luke 24:1-12

HYMN # 241 Woman, Weeping in the Garden

 

REAFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM

SENTENCES OF SCRIPTURE        1 Cor. 12:12–13, 27

Just as the body is one and has many members,

and all the members of the body, though many,

are one body, so it is with Christ.

In the one Spirit we are all baptized into one body.

We are the body of Christ,

and individually members of it.

 

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Beloved people of God,

through baptism we are washed clean from sin

and made one as members of Christ’s body.

By the mystery of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection,

the power of sin was broken and God’s realm entered our world.

In baptism we become citizens of God’s new creation,

forever set free from the bondage of sin and death.

Tonight we celebrate our freedom and redemption

through the renewal of the promises made at our baptism.

I ask all of you, therefore, to reject sin,

to profess your faith in Christ Jesus,

and to confess the faith of the church,

the faith in which we are baptized.

 

Trusting in the gracious mercy of God,

do you turn from the ways of sin

and renounce evil and its power in the world?

I renounce them.

Who is your Lord and Savior?

Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple,

obeying Christ’s word and showing Christ’s love?

I will, with God’s help.

With the whole church, let us confess our faith:

Do you believe in God?

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

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,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

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.

 

THANKSGIVING OVER THE WATER

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.

Gracious God, by water and the Spirit

you claimed us as your own,

cleansing us from sin and giving us new life.

You made us members of your body, the church,

calling us to be your servants in the world.

Renew in us the covenant you made in our baptism.

Continue the good work you have begun in us.

Send us forth in the power of your Holy Spirit

to love and serve you with joy,

and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

HYMN # 485 We Know That Christ is Raised

 

BLESSING AND CHARGE             2 Cor. 13:13

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit

be with you all. Alleluia!

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

in the power of his resurrection. Amen.

Christ is risen! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!

Alleluia! Amen.

 

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