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Lessons and Hymn Suggestions

The Vigil of Easter – Trinity Sunday, Cycle C

April 16, 2022 – June 12, 2022


NOTE: LBW – Lutheran Book of Worship (The Green Book)

WOV – With One Voice (The Blue Book)

LSB – Lutheran Service Book (The Maroon Book)
ELW – Evangelical Lutheran Worship (The Cranberry Book)


There are versions of some hymns that are superior in LSB and I recommend using them if possible. Also, there are some superb hymns in LSB that aren’t available in the other hymnals. When I suggest one of the latter, I try to include an alternative from LBW or WOV. I recommend that a license and DVD of downloadable hymns from LSB be purchased if you are looking to expand your hymnody. There are, in ELW, some familiar hymns that have been drastically altered, which I try to note. ELW also has some fine hymns not available in the other hymnals, or has, interestingly, a more “traditional” translation or harmonization.


Color for the day is indicated for each Sunday. Primary liturgical calendar taken from Sola Publishing (, based on LSB. Also, I include the lessons from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) found in ELW and used in some congregations. It often overlaps the Sola/LCMS calendar lectionary, but when there are differences, I will note them.


I’ve also included a complete Tenebrae service for Good Friday. This is one I’ve used at my little churches. Feel free to use different hymns, but the ones I chose seemed to fit the readings.


Because some of the prayers of confession, as well as offertory and post-communion prayers, provided on certain resource pages lack theological heft or linguistic elegance, I have added some seasonal prayers that you are free to cut, paste, and revise as needed. They are modified from the copyright-free Online Book of Common Prayer, or are my own creation. These are found on the following pages. The regular prayers of intercession will, as usual, be provided weekly in their own Word documents.




A Brief Order of Confession and Holy Absolution for the Easter Season

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son+, and of the Holy Spirit: Amen.

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.

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Lord Jesus, our risen Savior,

We confess to you our sinfulness. We believe mortal words above your holy Word. We prefer easy lies to hard truth. We are quick to judge, condemn, and exclude, but slow to forgive. We have lived for this world alone, and doubted our home in heaven. In your mercy, forgive us. In your goodness, resurrect us. Amen.


Our Savior Christ comes with healing, forgiveness, and life in his wounded hands. He breathes his Holy Spirit upon us, kindling renewed faith, hope, and love. Receive all he gives with humble joy, and share them with warm generosity, in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

A Gospel Acclamation for the Easter Season

Alleluia. I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, except through me. Alleluia.

An Offertory Prayer for the Easter Season

Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


A Proper Preface for the Easter Season

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 him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. 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 forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:



A Eucharistic Prayer for the Easter Season

We give thanks to you almighty God, through your beloved son Jesus Christ, whom you sent to us in former times as Savior, Redeemer, and Messenger of your Will. He is your inseparable Word, through whom you made all things, and in whom you were well-pleased. You sent from heaven into the womb of a virgin, who, being conceived within her, was made flesh, and appeared as your Son, born of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary. It is he who, fulfilling your will and acquiring for you a holy people, extended his hands in suffering, in order to liberate from sufferings those who believe in you. Who, when he was delivered to voluntary suffering, in order to dissolve death, and break the chains of the devil, and tread down hell, and bring the just to the light, and set the limit, and manifest the resurrection, taking the bread, and giving thanks to you, said, “Take, eat, for this is my body which is broken for you.” Likewise the chalice, saying, “This is my blood which is shed for you. Whenever you do this, do this in memory of me.”

Therefore, remembering his death and resurrection, we offer to you the bread and the chalice, giving thanks to you, who has made us worthy to stand before you and to serve as your priests. And we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit upon your Holy Church. In their gathering together, give to all those who partake of your holy mysteries the fullness of the Holy Spirit, toward the strengthening of the faith in truth, that we may praise you and glorify you, through your son Jesus Christ, through whom to you be glory and honor, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit, in your Holy Church, now and throughout the ages of the ages.

Amen. AMEN.

A Post-Communion Prayer for the Easter Season

P: Let us pray. Heavenly Father, C: We thank you for your great gift of love, your Son Jesus Christ. May we who have received his body and blood bear the light of his love into the world, to your glory and for the healing of our world. Amen.



Saturday, April 16, 2022: The Vigil of Easter


Service of Readings: There are twelve all together. If you decide to do seven or four, choose from the following; however, those in boldface must be read; and the final canticle, “All you works of the Lord” is always read after the final lesson. Where appointed, a responsorial psalm/canticle is also noted in parentheses. Where one is not noted, I have indicated a hymn that may be sung instead.


  1. Genesis 1:1-2:2 or Genesis 1:1-3:24

Hymn: Praise the Lord! O Heavens adore him: LBW #540, ELW #823


OR In Adam We Have All Been One: LBW # 372, LSB #569


  1. Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13

Hymn: Thy Holy Wings: WOV #741, ELW #613


OR Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me: LBW #334, ELW #755, LSB #715


  1. Exodus 14:10-15:1a or Exodus 13:17-15:1a


The Song of Moses and Miriam: LBW Canticle 19


  1. Isaiah 55:1-11

Psalm 33:1-11


OR Thy Word, O Lord, Like Gentle Dew: LBW #232  


OR Word of God, Come Down on Earth: WOV #716, ELW #510, LSB #545


  1. Ezekiel 37

 Psalm 30


  1. Isaiah 4:2-6

The Song of the Vineyard, from Isaiah 5


  1. Daniel 3:1-29

All You Works of the Lord, Bless the Lord: LBW Canticle 18


OR All Creatures of Our God and King: LBW #527

All Creatures, Worship God Most High: ELW #835





Readings for the Service of Holy Communion:


Romans 6:1-11 (we are baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection)


Luke 24:1-12 (the women come to the empty tomb)




Hymn of the Day: We Know That Christ is Raised and Dies No More: LBW #189,

ELW #449, LSB #603


Communion Hymn #1: Now the Green Blade Rises: LBW #148, ELW #379


Communion Hymn #2: Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Living Lord: WOV #671

OR Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!: WOV #674, ELW #377, LSB #474


Closing Hymn: This Joyful Eastertide: WOV #676, ELW #391, LSB #482





April 17, 2022: Easter Day, the Resurrection of Our Lord


Easter Sunrise Lessons:


Job 19:23-27 (I know that my Redeemer lives!)


Psalm 118:15-29 (The right hand of the Lord has triumphed; this is the Lord’s doing;

 this is the day the Lord has made)


1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (we shall not all die, but we shall all be changed;

the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible)


John 20:1-18 (the women at the tomb; Peter and John; Mary Magdalene and Jesus)



Easter Day Lessons:


Isaiah 65:17-25 (God promises new heaven and earth; people will live long and prosper;

 nothing shall hurt or destroy on his holy mountain)


Psalm 16 (you do not give me up to Sheol, nor let your holy one see the Pit)

RCL: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; I shall not die but live,

and declare the works of the Lord)


1 Corinthians 15:19-26 (if Christ not raised, we are fools; but he has been raised, as shall we be!)


Luke 24:1-12 (the women at the empty tomb)


Hymn selections are for main services of the day, not the sunrise service

Opening Hymn: Jesus Christ is Risen Today: LBW #151, ELW #365, LSB #457


Hymn of the Day: Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands: LBW #134, ELW #370, LSB #458


Communion Hymn #1: Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Living Lord:  WOV #671,

OR Alleluia! Jesus is Risen: WOV #674, ELW #377, LSB #474


Communion Hymn #2: I Know that My Redeemer Lives: LBW #352, ELW #619, LSB #461


Closing Hymn: Christ is Risen! Alleluia!: LBW #131, ELW #382



April 24, 2022: 2nd Sunday of Easter


Acts 5:12-32 (though imprisoned, the disciples are freed by an angel; they continue

to proclaim the Gospel, as they must obey God rather than man)


RCL: Acts 5:27-32 (We must obey God, not man; we are witnesses to these things)


Psalm 148 (all creation praises God)


RCL: Psalm 150 (Let all creation praise God!)


Revelation 1:4-18 (John writes to his churches, sees glorified Jesus amidst their lampstands)


John 20:19-31 (Jesus appears, gives Spirit, commission to forgive/retain sins;

Thomas’s confession of faith)




Opening Hymn: The Day of Resurrection: LBW #141, ELW #361, LSB, #478 (LBW tune is awful. Use tune for “O Day of Rest and Gladness”, LBW #251, as ELW does; or tune for “Lead On, O Kinky Turtle,” LBW #495)

OR O Sons and Daughters of the King: LBW #139, LSB #471; 470

O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing: ELW #386


Hymn of the Day: That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright: LBW #154, ELW #384 (LBW tune is meh.

 Use the tune for “On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry”)            

OR These Things Did Thomas Count as Real: LSB #472

Communion Hymn #1: Come, Let Us Eat: LBW #214, ELW #491, LSB #626

Communion Hymn #2: Christ is Arisen, Alleluia: WOV #678, ELW #372

Closing Hymn: Thine is the Glory: LBW #145, ELW #376





May 1, 2022: 3rd Sunday of Easter


Acts 9:1-22 (Conversion of Saul)


Psalm 30 (praise God for deliverance from enemies)


Revelation 5:1-14 (is no one worthy to open the scroll? the heavenly host praise the Lamb who

was slain, who alone is worthy to open the scroll of judgment)


RCL: Revelation 5:11-14 (eliminates weeping because no one found worthy)


John 21:1-19 (the disciples and the risen Jesus, a miraculous catch of fish, and “Feed my lambs”)




Opening Hymn: Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor: LBW #172, ELW #475, LSB #534


Hymn of the Day: At the Lamb’s High Feast: LBW #210, ELW #362, LSB #633

Communion Hymn #1: O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts: LBW #356, ELW #658

Communion Hymn #2: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing:

LBW #144, ELW #385, LSB #475

Closing Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns: LBW #170, ELW #855, LSB #525





May 8, 2022: 4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), also Mother’s Day


Acts 20:17-35 (Paul, on his way to Jerusalem, exhorts elders to watch over the flock

they are entrusted with, for there are dangerous wolves that threaten them)


            RCL: Acts 9:36-43 (Peter raises Tabitha)


Psalm 23 (the Lord is my shepherd)


Revelation 7:9-17 (salvation belongs to God and to the Lamb; behold a host, arrayed in white)


John 10:22-30 (my sheep hear my voice; no one shall snatch them from my hand)




Opening Hymn: Behold A Host, Arrayed in White: LSB #676, (far superior translation)

Behold A/The Host, Like Mountains Bright: LBW 314, ELW #425

Hymn of the Day: The King of Love My Shepherd Is: LBW #456, ELW #502, LSB #709

Communion Hymn #1: O Jesus, King Most Wonderful: LBW #537


            OR Thine the Amen: WOV #801, ELW #826, LSB #680

Communion Hymn #2: I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb: LSB #740,

Have No Fear, Little Flock: LBW #476, ELW #764, LSB #735

Closing Hymn: Praise the Lord, Rise Up Rejoicing: LBW #196, ELW #544





May 15, 2022: 5th Sunday of Easter


Acts 11:1-18 (Peter defends baptism of Cornelius’ household by recounting his vision)


Psalm 148 (all creation praises the Lord)


Revelation 21:1-7 (new heaven and earth; no pain, crying or death; He is Alpha and Omega)


John 16:12-22 (Jesus promises the Spirit, who will declare his words to the disciples; they should

rejoice that Jesus is going away, for he will return, and no one will take away their joy)


RCL: John 13:31-35 (I give you a new command: love each other as I have loved you)




Opening Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling: LBW #315, ELW #631, LSB #700

Hymn of the Day: Awake, My Heart, With Gladness: LBW #129, ELW #378, LSB #467


Communion Hymn #1: In Heaven Above: LBW #330, ELW #630


Communion Hymn #2: Soon and Very Soon: WOV #744, ELW #439


Closing Hymn: Alabare, WOV #791, LSB #799/800

            OR Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, LBW #551, ELW #836, LSB #803

OR Jesus Loves Me: ELW #595

May 22, 2022: 6th Sunday of Easter


Acts 16:9-15 (mission to Macedonia; meeting in house of Lydia)


Psalm 67 (May God be gracious to us and bless us; let all peoples praise him)


Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27 (vision of the New Jerusalem)


John 16:22-33 (then you will ask anything of the Father in my name, and receive;

you joy will be complete. In the world you have trouble, but I have overcome the world)

            RCL: John 14:23-29 (Those who love me keep my word; I give you peace;

 I send the Spirit; rejoice, because I go to the Father)




Opening Hymn: O Day Full Of Grace: LBW #161, ELW #627, LSB #503


Hymn of the Day: O, What Their Joy: LBW #337 (may be sung to tune for “Blessing and Honor,” LBW #535)


Communion Hymn #1: Jerusalem, My Happy Home: LBW #331, ELW #628, LSB #673


Communion Hymn #2: My Life Flows On In Endless Song: WOV #781, ELW #763


Closing Hymn: In Thee is Gladness: LBW #552, ELW #867, LSB #818



May 29, 2022: 7th Sunday of Easter, or Ascension of Our Lord, Transferred


Lessons for the Ascension of Our Lord


Acts 1:1-11 (the Ascension story)

Psalm 47 (God has gone up with a shout!)

Ephesians 1:15-23 (God put all under Christ’s feet, made him head of body; glorious inheritance)

Luke 24:44-53 (You’re witnesses to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Proclaim repentance, forgiveness. Brief account of Ascension)


Lessons for 7th Sunday of Easter:


Acts 1:12-26 (Barnabas chosen to round out the Twelve)

            RCL: Acts 16:16-34 (Paul and Silas exorcise demon from slave girl; are thrown in prison;

chains miraculously broken; jailers believe and are baptized)

Psalm 133 (Good and pleasant when brethren dwell together in unity)

RCL: Psalm 97 (The Lord is king; Zion rejoices; God loves and guards the faithful)


Revelation 22:1-20 (the river and Tree of Life; warnings; invitation to feast; Come, Lord Jesus!)

John 17:20-26 (Jesus prays for all believers, that they be one as he and the Father are one)




I’ve offered alternatives for Hymn of Day


Opening Hymn: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus: LBW #158, ELW #392, LSB #821


Hymn of the Day, Ascension theme: Look, O Look, the Sight is Glorious: LBW #156

Look, Ye Saints, The Sight Is Glorious: LSB #495

OR My Lord of Light: WOV #796, ELW #832


Hymn of Day, 7 Easter theme: Lord, Who in the Night You Were Betrayed Did Pray:

LBW #206, ELW #463


Communion Hymn #1: All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name: LBW #328, ELW #634, LSB #549


Communion Hymn #2: A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing: LBW #157, ELW #393, LSB #493


Closing Hymn: Rejoice, the Lord is King: LBW #171

Rejoice, For Christ is King: ELW #430




June 5, 2022: Day of Pentecost


Genesis 11:1-9 (Tower of Babel and confusion of languages)


Psalm 143 (prayer of longing for God’s refreshing presence)


            RCL: Psalm 104: 24-35 (it calls for elimination of v. 35a, “Let sinners be consumed and

the wicked be no more.” I dare you to keep it in.)


Acts 2:1-21 (Day of Pentecost and undoing of Babel)


John 14:23-31 (Love me, do my commandments; I am sending the Spirit who will remind you

 of all my words; my peace I give to you)


RCL: John 14:8-17 (See me, see the Father; if you love me, keep my commandments;

the Father will send the Spirit of truth)




Opening Hymn: Holy Spirit, Truth/Light Divine: LBW #257, ELW #398, LSB #496


Hymn of the Day: Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire: LBW #472

Creator Spirit, Heavenly Dove: ELW #577

Come Holy Ghost, Creator Blest: LSB #498

Weirdly, these are all basically the same hymn! Same tune, basically same gist, just different translations!


OR O Spirit of Life: ELW #405


Communion Hymn #1: Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove: LBW #475, ELW #578


Communion Hymn #2: Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading: WOV #687, ELW #401


Closing Hymn: Spirit of God, Sent From Heaven Abroad: LBW #285

OR Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness: WOV #684, ELW #396

OR Holy Spirit, the Dove Sent From Heaven: LSB #502 (Great words, and nice Hispanic melody)





June 12, 2022: The Holy Trinity, also Father’s Day


Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 (the Wisdom of God, in whom all was created)


Psalm 8 (your works are excellent; what is man that you are mindful of him)


Acts 2:14a, 22-36 (Peter’s Pentecost sermon: Jesus is Lord and God)


            RCL: Romans 5:1-5 (We have peace with God through Jesus; the Spirit of him who raised

up Christ is poured into our hearts)


John 8:48-59 (Before Abraham was, I AM)


            RCL: John 16:12-15 (The Spirit will declare all he has heard; will take what is Jesus’

that he received from his Father)




Opening Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy: LBW #165, ELW #473, LSB #507


Hymn of the Day: Holy God, We Praise Your/Thy Name: LBW #535, ELW #414, LSB #940



Almighty Father, Creator Blest

Tune: Victory (The Strife is O’er)

By Rev. Cathy A. Ammlung, STS


(before first verse; “in” is sung on two notes):

 Credo, credo, credo in_ unum Deum!


  1. Almighty Father, Creator blest,

Worlds sprang to life at his behest;

Seen and unseen, his name they confessed:

Credo, credo!


  1. Lord Jesus Christ, his only Son,

In truth and substance, they are one;

Pure Light from Light, in him life’s begun:

Credo, credo!


  1. For us poor sinners, mortal and weak,

He came from heav’n, the lost to seek,

God’s Word made flesh, salvation to speak.

Credo, credo!


  1. Born of the virgin, Mary most pure,

And of the Spirit, to be sin’s cure,

Christ became man; let praises endure –

Credo, credo!


  1. For us, ‘neath Pilate’s judgment he died –

For us, our Lord was crucified,

For us, he rose again, glorified:

Credo, credo!


  1. Ascended to the Father’s throne,

He shall return, to judge everyone,

And rule fore’er, as Lord and God:

Credo, credo!


  1. Most Holy Spirit, life-giving Lord,

One with the Father and Son, adored,

Inspiring prophets’ holy word,

Credo, credo!


  1. Making one holy Church in the world,

One with apostles, martyrs and Lord,

One through baptism with water and Word,

Credo, credo!


  1. From sin forgiven, we are made free,

Christ’s life from death our future shall be,

Forever praising the Trinity:

Credo, credo!

(final refrain: as in opening)

Credo, credo, credo in_ unum Deum!

Communion Hymn #1: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise: LBW #526, ELW #834, LSB #802


Communion Hymn #2: Father Most Holy:  LBW #169, ELW #415, LSB #504


Closing Hymn: Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!: LBW #547

OR Thy Strong Word Didst Cleave the Darkness: LBW #233, ELW #511, LSB #578