Easter Vigil (Yr A) Apr 8, 2023




The Great Vigil of Easter

The Lighting of the Paschal Candle

In the darkness, fire is kindled; after which the Celebrant may address the
people in these or similar words


Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our
Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites
her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in
vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which,
by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share
in his victory over death.


O God, through your Son you have bestowed upon your
people the brightness of your light: Sanctify this new fire, and
grant that in this Paschal feast we may so burn with heavenly
desires, that with pure minds we may attain to the festival of
everlasting light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Paschal Candle is then lighted from the newly kindled fire, and the
Deacon bearing the Candle, leads the procession to the chancel, pausing three times and singing or saying


Deacon  The light of Christ.

People Thanks be to God.


The Exsultet

Deacon The Lord be with you.

Response And also with you.

Deacon Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Response It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our whole heart and mind and voice, to praise you, the invisible, almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt of Adam’s sin, and by his blood delivered your faithful people.


This is the night, when you brought our fathers, the childrenof Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and led them through the Red Sea on dry land.


This is the night, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life.


This is the night, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave.


   How wonderful and beyond our knowing, O God, is your
   mercy and loving-kindness to us, that to redeem a slave, you
   gave a Son.

   How holy is this night, when wickedness is put to flight, and
   sin is washed away. It restores innocence to the fallen, and joy
   to those who mourn. It casts out pride and hatred, and brings
   peace and concord.

   How blessed is this night, when earth and heaven are joined
   and man is reconciled to God.


Holy Father, accept our evening sacrifice, the offering of this candle in your honor. May it shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find it ever burning–he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.



The Liturgy of the Word

Presider:  Let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, how he saved his people in ages past; and let us pray that our God will bring each of us to the fullness of redemption.

The story of Creation
Genesis 1:1-2:2

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.


And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.


And God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, ‘Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.’ And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.


14 And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. 16 God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.


20 And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ 21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’ 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.


24 And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.


26 Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind[c] in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth,[d] and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ 27 So God created humankind[e] in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.


28 God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ 29 God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. 31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.


Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.


Reader: The Word of the Lord Response: Thanks be to God.



Psalm 33:1-11 (read antiphonally by treble and bass voices, trebles beginning)

Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; *
    it is good for the just to sing praises.


Praise the LORD with the harp; *
    play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.


Sing for him a new song; *
    sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.


For the word of the LORD is right, *
    and all his works are sure.


He loves righteousness and justice; *
    the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.


By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, *
    by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.


By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, *
    by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.


He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
    and stores up the depths of the sea.


Let all the earth fear the LORD; *
    let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.


For he spoke, and it came to pass; *
    he commanded, and it stood fast.


The LORD brings the will of the nations to naught; *
    he thwarts the designs of the peoples.


But the LORD’S will stands fast for ever, *
    and the designs of his heart from age to age.



Hymnal #398                                              “I sing the mighty power of God”


1  I sing the almighty power of God,

        that made the mountains rise,

    that spread the flowing seas abroad

        and built the lofty skies.

    I sing the wisdom that ordained

        the sun to rule the day;

    the moon shines full at his command,

        and all the stars obey.


2  I sing the goodness of the Lord,

        that filled the earth with food;

    he formed the creatures with his Word,

        and then pronounced them good.

    Lord, how thy wonders are displayed,

        where’er I turn my eye,

    if I survey the ground I tread,

        or gaze upon the sky!


3  There’s not a plant or flower below,

        but makes thy glories known;

    and clouds arise, and tempests blow,

        by order from thy throne;

    while all that borrows life from thee

        is ever in thy care,

    and everywhere that I could be,

        thou, God, art present there.



Let us pray.     (Silence)

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of  human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea

Exodus 14:10-15:1


10 As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, “Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians”? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’ 13 But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.’


15 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. 16 But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. 17 Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.’


15 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. 16 But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. 17 Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.’


19 The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. 20 It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.


21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. 22 The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. 24 At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. 25 He clogged[a] their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’


26 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. 29 But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.


30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.


15 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: ‘I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.


Reader: The Word of the Lord Response: Thanks be to God.



Canticle 8, The Song of Moses (read in unison)


I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *
    the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.

The Lord is my strength and my refuge; *
    the Lord has become my Savior.

This is my God and I will praise him, *
    the God of my people and I will exalt him.

The Lord is a mighty warrior; *
    Yahweh is his Name.

The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea; *
    the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the Red Sea.

The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *
    they sank into the depths like a stone.

Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might; *
    your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.

Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods? *
    who is like you, glorious in holiness, awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?

You stretched forth your right hand; *
    the earth swallowed them up.

With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *
    with your might you brought them in safety to your holy dwelling.

You will bring them in and plant them *
    on the mount of your possession,

The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord, *
    the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.

The Lord shall reign *
    for ever and for ever.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.



Hymn #187                                                         “Through the Red Sea Brought at Last”


1  Through the Red Sea brought at last,

    Egypt’s chains behind we cast.

        Deep and wide

        flows the tide

    severing us from bondage past, Alleluia!



2  Like the cloud that overhead,

    through the billows Israel led,

        by his tomb

        Christ makes room,

    souls restoring from the dead, Alleluia!



3  In that cloud and in that sea

    buried and baptized were we.

        Earthly night

        brought us light

    which is ours eternally, Alleluia!



Let us pray.     (Silence)

O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day, you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of Baptism: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



The Celebrant may first address the people in these or similar words, all standing as you are able.


Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. I call upon you, therefore, now that our Lenten observance is ended, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works, and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.


Celebrant Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

People I do.


Celebrant Do you believe in God the Father?

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


Priest Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People 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.


Priest Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People 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.


Priest Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People I will, with God’s help.


Priest Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People I will, with God’s help.


Priest Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People I will, with God’s help.


Priest Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People I will, with God’s help.


Priest Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the  dignity of every human being?

People I will, with God’s help.


Priest Will you cherish the wondrous works of God and protect the beauty and integrity of all creation?

People I will with God’s help


The Priest concludes the Renewal of Vows as follows

May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.



Celebrant Alleluia. Christ is risen.

People The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.



Hymn #207                                                          “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”


1  Jesus Christ is risen today,

     our triumphant holy day,

     who did once upon the cross,

     suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!


2  Hymns of praise then let us sing,

     unto Christ, our heavenly King,

     who endured the cross and grave,

     sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!


3  But the pains which he endured,

     our salvation have procured;

     now above the sky he’s King,

     where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!


4  Sing we to our God above

     praise eternal as his love;

     praise him, all ye heavenly host,

     Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!



Celebrant The Lord be with you.

People And also with you


Celebrant Let us pray

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Epistle    Romans 6:3-11                       A Reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.


For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.


The Word of the Lord Response: Thanks be to God.




Hymn #296                                                                     We Know that Christ is Raised


We know that Christ is raised and dies no more

Embraced by death, he broke its fearful hold

And our despair he turned to blazing joy Hallelujah!


We share by water in his saving death

Reborn, we share with him and Easter life

As living members of our Savior Christ Hallelujah!


The Father’s splendor clothes the Son with life

The Spirit’s fission shakes the church of God

Baptized, we live with God the Three in One Hallelujah!


A new creation comes to life and grows

As Christ’s new body takes on flesh and blood

The universe restored and whole with sing Hallelujah!



Gospel    Matthew 28:1-10

Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

People: Glory to you Lord Christ.


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[a] lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead,[b] 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 worshipped him. 10 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. James Larsen





The celebration continues with the Prayers of the People. Please keep silence between the petitions until you are invited to add your own intentions.

I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for Wayne, Ken, Nedi, and Wendell, our bishops; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people.

Pray for the Church.


I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people.

Pray for justice and peace.


I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed and those in


Pray for those in any need or trouble.


I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of God.

Pray that the may find and be found by God.


I ask your prayers for the departed.

Pray for those who have died.


I ask your prayers and thanksgivings for (please add your own petitions)


Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored. Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.


Celebrant:  Hasten,O Faither, the coming of your kingdom; and grant that we your servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold your Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.




Celebrant: The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

Response: And also with you.


Please greet one another with a sign of peace.




OFFERTORY (to the tune of #618)


Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below;

Praise God above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.





Celebrant   The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Celebrant Lift up your hearts.

People We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People It is right to give him thanks and praise.


But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us everlasting life.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People



Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.



The people stand or kneel.

Then the Celebrant continues


We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.


On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”


Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People


We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;


The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant.


Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.


In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.



As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray,

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and    deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.



Anthem Be known to us, Lord Jesus                                                                            Hymn #875


Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


The bread which we break alleluia is the communion of the body of Christ

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


One body are we alleluia for though many we share one bread

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


(The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread.)




Celebrant    The Gifts of God for the People of God.


COMMUNION HYMN                                 “Alleluia, Alleluia” Hymn #178


Alleluia, alleluia!

            Give thanks to the risen Lord.

            Alleluia, alleluia!

            Give Praise to his Name.


1  Jesus is Lord of all the earth.

    He is the King of creation.




2  Spread the good news o’er all the earth:

    Jesus has died and has risen.




3  We have been crucified with Christ.

    Now we shall live for ever.




4  Come, let us praise the living God,

    joyfully sing to our Savior






Celebrant      Let us pray. 

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food

of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and

for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body

of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to

do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses

of Christ our Lord . To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.





“He is Risen”                                                                                                       Hymn #180


1  He is risen, he is risen!

          Tell it out with joyful voice:

     he has burst his three days’ prison;

          let the whole wide earth rejoice:

     death is conquered, we are free,

     Christ has won the victory.


2  Come, ye sad and fearful-hearted,

          with glad smile and radiant brow!

     Death’s long shadows have departed;

          Jesus’ woes are over now,

     and the passion that he bore—

     sin and pain can vex no more.


3  Come, with high and holy hymning,

          hail our Lord’s triumphant day;

     not one darksome cloud is dimming

          yonder glorious morning ray,

     breaking o’er the purple east,

     symbol of our Easter feast.


4  He is risen, he is risen!

          He hath opened heaven’s gate:

     we are free from sin’s dark prison,

          risen to a holier state;

     and a brighter Easter beam

     on our longing eyes shall stream.




The congregation is dismissed.

People             Thanks be to God.



Participants in this evening’s liturgy:

The Rev. John Paddock, Celebrant

The Rev. Jim Larsen, Preacher

The Rev. Cricket Park, Assisting Priest and Master of Ceremonies

The Rev. George Snyder, Gospeller

The Rev. Connie McCarroll, Deacon of the Table and singer of the Exsultet

Mr. Percy Jones, Organist

TJ and Gabriel Walch, Lectors

Jim and Judy Rudd, Chalice Bearers

The Altar Guild of St. Mark’s is led by Janet Reuter.



Easter Flowers

In memory of Delores Welch by the Welch family

In memory of Mark S and Mark C Peachey & Matt and Jennie Partezana by Norma Peachey

In memory of our parents, Richard and Hedwig Steidler & Alexander and Eugenia  Berta

by Fred and Phyllis Berta

In memory of Judy Sheetz by Barbara Pessell

In thanksgiving for God’s everlasting love by George Snyder

In thanksgiving for our three grandchildren by Sandy Bultman

In thanksgiving for the Day family

In thanksgiving for our family by Jim and Judy Rudd

In thanksgiving for all the blessings of this life by the Rubino family

In thanksgiving for Michael, Colleen, and Jamie; Elizabeth and Sean by Mike and Katherine Wagner

In thanksgiving for all our many blessings by Joy and Larry Brown

In Thanksgiving for God granting us the grace and opportunity to visit my country of birth

by Jackie and Jim Hoskinson

In Thanksgiving for Ben and Annie and In Memory of John, Ann and Susan Cobb

by Libby and Jeff Nicholson

In Thanksgiving for our grandchildren and great grandchildren by Patricia and Jim  Tallman





Our Mission Statement:


“We gather for worship, education and mutual support;

welcome all people; and serve the community in God’s name”.


A prayer for St. Mark’s in a time of transition

O Lord, Father of life and change, of new and old: You gifted us with abilities to speak and listen, to hear and decide, to choose and know. We thank you for teaching us how to used these abilities, though we must at times remember to combine them with patience. Remind us to speak with kindness, to listen to understand, to hear all voices, to decide on what is just and true, to choose the path of peace, and to know we are not alone. Be with us in this time of transition, that it is as effective as it is unsettling, as comforting as it is confusing. And never leave our side on the journey ahead, as we strive for an unknown destination. In the name of your Son Jesus, who walks alongside us, we pray. Amen.

(written by Elizabeth Wagner-Weber)



The Rev. Cricket Park, Interim Priest-in-Charge





Libby Nicholson – Senior Warden;   Kendall Rubino – Junior Warden,



Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

456 Woodman Drive

Dayton, OH 45431


Email: st_marks@ameritech.net

Office Phone: 937-256-1082




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