THE PRAYERS,  Easter Day, The Resurrection of Our Lord, Cycle B (March 31, 2024)


Easter Day, The Resurrection of Our Lord, Cycle B (March 31, 2024)


Easter Sunrise:


Exodus 15:1-11(Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously)

Psalm 118:15-29 (I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord)

1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 (Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us)

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


Opening hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen Today (this is the one that DOESN’T have the alleluias at

the end of each line!): LBW #130, ELW #373, LSB #469

Hymn of the Day: This Joyful Eastertide:

LBW #149 (has only 1 verse), WOV #676, ELW #391, LSB #482

Communion Hymn #1: Let Us Break Bread Together: LBW #212

Communion Hymn #2: Now the Green Blade Rises: LBW #148

Closing Hymn: The Day of Resurrection: LBW #141, ELW #361, LSB #478

(I’d suggest singing the LBW version to the tune for Lead On, O King Eternal, which LSB uses)

OR Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain: LBW #132, ELW #363, LSB #487


Easter Day, Main Services


Isaiah 25:6-9 (A feast of fat things; God will swallow up death forever)

                ELW: Isaiah 25:6-9 OR Acts 10:34-43 (Peter preaches Gospel to Gentiles)

Psalm 16 (My heart is glad; my body rests secure;10 you do not let your faithful one see the Pit.)

                ELW: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (This is the Lord’s gate; the rejected stone now head of the corner)

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (Christ died for our sins, was buried, rose, appeared to many, including Paul)

                ELW: I Corinthians 15:1-11 OR Acts 10:34-43, as above)

Mark 16:1-8 (Angel announces Resurrection to the women)         

                ELW: Mark 16:1-8 OR John 20:1-18 (Foot race to tomb; Magdalene and Jesus)


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

OR (if using ELW Gospel): O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing (version 2): ELW #387

OR (if preaching on 1 Corinthians) Christ is Risen, Christ is Living: LSB #479

Communion Hymn #1: I Know That My Redeemer Lives: LBW #352, ELW #619, LSB #461

Communion Hymn #2: At the Lamb’s High Feast LBW #210, ELW #362, LSB #633

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




Let us pray to our victorious Savior on behalf of the Church, the world, and all people.

A brief silence

Lord Jesus, you have snatched us from the snares of the evil one: alleluia! In you, righteousness and peace kiss one another: alleluia! In you, all God’s promises have their “yes”: alleluia! In you, we shall not die but live, and declare the glory of the Lord: alleluia!

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill your Church with the splendor of your life and light. May it forever proclaim: “Alleluia, Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!”

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


BLess Christians who suffer for your Name’s sake. Give them the joy of your saving help. Purge the leaven of evil from their tormentors. Hasten the day when they kneel together before you in adoration.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Crown this congregation with unfading joy, unfailing kindness, undaunted hope, and unceasing praise. Let others see your goodness, revealed in our words and deeds.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Graciously bless the guests and visitors among us this day. Kindle the hearts of those who don’t yet believe that you have conquered sin and death. Give them faith to receive your health and salvation.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Grant peace among the nations. Give wisdom and righteousness to our leaders, and justice and mercy to all people. Restore a right relationship with you and each other forever.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Be the strong and righteous arm of all who protect life, liberty, and justice. Make them brave, wise, and good. Shield them from the forces of evil. Fill their loved ones with faith in your triumph over every foe.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We plead on behalf of all who suffer in any way, and who crave your mercy, including: {List}. Bring them healing and hope, so they may sing, “I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord!”

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Gracious Savior, thank you for redeeming all who have fallen asleep in your arms. Wipe away the tears of all whose grief runs deep. Feed us with a foretaste of your Kingdom feast. Take away the shroud of sin, suffering and sorrow that troubles this broken world. Give us faith to serve one another in gratitude for your goodness. Let us stand with all the redeemed and sing, “Blessing, honor, glory and might be to God and the Lamb forever! Amen! This is the feast of victory for our God! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!”

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Grant whatever is in accordance with your will, dear Jesus, and accomplish your salvation among us; for you live in majesty with your Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

March 2024 Newsletter

Devotion for Wednesday, March 6, 2024

“Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to serve Him” (Matthew 4:11).

Our Lord knows that battles in this age wear us down.  We do need to be ministered.  We do need the fellowship and the encouragement that comes when fellowship meets together.  And You have promised to be with us at such times. God does tend to us.  Let us not forget to add to our prayers and ask that the Lord provide what we need that which we have not asked for but know that He needs to provide.  The Lord knows what we need and sends His angels to tend to those in need.

Lord, who are the messengers that You send?  Yet, I know the answer, for there are too many times to count when I have been ministered to both unawares and by strangers.  Help me to understand in faith that You do provide for us at all times, in season and out of season, You are with us, providing all that is needed.  Lead me into the good fight to do what is needed and learn what You will teach me.

Lord God, Father of us all, You have sent Your angels to tend to me when I have been beaten down by this world.  Guide me into the refreshing truth of Your purpose and presence in my life.  You alone are worthy of all the praise I can give.  You know what I need, even before I ask.  Thank You Lord for providing all that I need, even those things for which I fail to ask, for You do know all that I need.  Amen.