Resurrection Lutheran Church
Missouri Synod
"A Caring Christian Church Experiencing the Love of Jesus"
Pastor Patrick O'Neal
Franklin, N.C.


The Festival of The Resurrection

April 1, 2018


Old Testament Reading                                                       Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

A        This is the Word of the Lord

C        Thanks be to God


 Epistle 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

  Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which  you received, in       which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to   you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also   received: that Christ died  for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried,   that he   was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared   to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one   time,   most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to   James, then   to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.   For I am the   least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the   church of   God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in   vain. On the   contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of   God that is   with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

A        This is the Word of the Lord

C        Thanks be to God

Holy Gospel                                                                               John 20:1–18

P         The Resurrection Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth chapter.

C        Glory to You, O Lord.

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one  whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on  Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you  seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your  God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

P         This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C        Praise to You, O Christ.

P         Christ is Risen.  Alleluia!

C        He is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia!


SERMON: Rev. Patrick O’Neal


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