Worship in the Home: Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Day, April 4, 2021

Posted on March 29, 2021 by ELCA Worship

Worship in the Home

Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Day, Year B
April 4, 2021

In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While you cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this brief resource as an aid for prayer in the home. As with our prayers in the gathered assembly for worship, you are encouraged to prepare or adapt them locally for your context.

Find a peaceful place to pray, perhaps a table. You may wish to light a candle and place a bowl of water in remembrance of your baptism. One person may lead this acclamation and then pray the Prayer of the Day.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Then the readings for this day may be read, as follows:

First Reading:  Isaiah 25:6-9

6On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7And the LORD will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8the LORD will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of the chosen people God will take away from all the earth,
for the LORD has spoken.
9It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God, for whom we have waited, so that God might save us.
This is the LORD for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in the salvation of the LORD.

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.


The Psalm may be sung or read in response to the First Reading.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

1Give thanks to the LORD, for the | LORD is good;
God’s mercy en- | dures forever.
2Let Israel | now declare,
“God’s mercy en- | dures forever.”
14The LORD is my strength | and my song,
and has become | my salvation.
15Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents | of the righteous:
“The right hand of the | LORD acts valiantly!
16The right hand of the LORD | is exalted!
The right hand of the | LORD acts valiantly!”
17I shall not | die, but live,
and declare the works | of the LORD.
18The LORD indeed pun- | ished me sorely,
but did not hand me o- | ver to death.
19Open for me the | gates of righteousness;
I will enter them and give thanks | to the LORD.
20“This is the gate | of the LORD;
here the righ- | teous may enter.”
21I give thanks to you, for you have | answered me
and you have become | my salvation.
22The stone that the build- | ers rejected
has become the chief | cornerstone.
23By the LORD has | this been done;
it is marvelous | in our eyes.
24This is the day that the | LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be | glad in it.


Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

1Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.

3For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, Christ appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and God’s grace toward me has not been 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. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.


Gospel: Mark 16:1-8

The holy gospel according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.

1When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and Jesus. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a youth, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But the youth said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.



Having read these readings, think on this:

All around us and in us there are death and tears. One medieval image of death was as a huge mouth, swallowing people up by the hundreds, and that image seems apt today. But the promise of Isaiah is that God will instead swallow up death itself, wipe away tears from all faces, and spread a feast for all the nations. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the beginning of that feast. But the Gospel according to Mark ends with only an announcement (“he has been raised”) and a promise (“there you will see him”), seemingly without an appearance of the risen Christ. Then we read Mark again and note that Jesus comes into Galilee, preaches in Galilee, heals and forgives in Galilee, holds meetings in Galilee. Reading the book, we see him in Galilee. The Gospel book is itself his appearance. We, too, in our homes or in church, have the same announcement and promise:  as we read the story of Jesus, he is with us, with us in all the scriptures, adding us to the list of witnesses. We are welcomed to the feast of the end of death. Empowered by God’s Spirit we can join in wiping away tears from our neighbors’ faces.

If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 378),Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 365), “The Day of Resurrection” (All Creation Sings 936). Selected hymns are provided below for those without a hymnal at home.

Awake, My Heart, with Gladness

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

The Day of Resurrection


Then pray these intercessions:

Let us rejoice and be glad on this festival of Christ’s resurrection, offering our prayers to God for all in any need, concluding each petition with the Easter response “Christ is risen indeed.”

A brief silence.

We praise you for the gift of the global church and for all the newly baptized around the world. And we pray that you send the Spirit of the resurrection into every assembly of the baptized. Give us joy in one another and hope in the face of sorrow, for Christ is risen:
Christ is risen indeed.

A brief silence.

We praise you for the wondrous earth that you continuously create and for the myriad plants and animals that show forth your glory. And we pray for everything in nature that is endangered, from the undersea coral to the elephants of Africa. Form us into caretakers who protect your lands and seas, for Christ is risen:
Christ is risen indeed.

A brief silence.

We praise you for the times of peace and freedom that you have granted to us. And we pray for everyone who suffers from yet more gun violence, from prejudice and injustice, from oppression and poverty. Bring an end to wars and tyrannical rule throughout the world, for Christ is risen:
Christ is risen indeed.

A brief silence.

We praise you for the food that you provide and for the promise of an everlasting feast for all peoples. And we pray for everyone who is hungry, for residents in refugee camps, for teenage migrants, for the people who live on our streets, that they all may be fed. Show us how to meet the needs of the hungry in our world, for Christ is risen:
Christ is risen indeed.

A brief silence.

We praise you for a lessening of the pandemic and for the availability of vaccines. And we pray for everyone who is still contracting the coronavirus, for healthcare workers, and for all who have lost family, friends, and livelihood. Restore health throughout the world, for Christ is risen:
Christ is risen indeed.

A brief silence.

We praise you for each day of health and well-being. And we pray for everyone who suffers from illness of any kind, for those who today will die, and for those we name here before you: . . Accompany all who face troubles and sorrows, for Christ is risen:
Christ is risen indeed.

A brief silence.

We praise you for your words to Isaiah, to Paul and Peter, to Mary Magdalene and the women at the tomb, and to each one of us. Receive now, we pray, our silent prayers, for Christ is risen:
Christ is risen indeed.

A longer period of silence.

We praise you for the presence of the risen Christ among us and for the witness of all who have died in the faith, especially Benedict the African. And we pray that at the end of all things you raise us with all the saints to rejoice in your presence forever, for Christ is risen:
Christ is risen indeed.

In thanksgiving for the new life of the resurrection, we raise these prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ. our Savior and Lord.


If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 384), I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 860). Selected hymns are provided below for those without a hymnal at home.

That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright

I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me


Then conclude with these prayers:

Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

Holy, living, and loving God, we praise you for creating an earth of splendor
and for making us into a people of your own.
With all the saints who have received your Word
we worship you, holy God.
We worship you, holy God.

We praise you for your eternal Word,
for conquering the force of death,
and for raising us up through the resurrection of our Lord.
For your Word alive among us,
we praise you, living God.
We praise you, living God.

Breathe the Spirit of the risen Christ on us,
that led by your Word
we may honor your earth and its many peoples
and serve all who are in need.
For your Word animating our Easter life,
we bless you, loving God.
We bless you, loving God.

All worship, praise, and blessing be to you,
Source of life, Ruler of life, and Power of life, today and forever.


Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us:
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.


Then speak the Blessing:

May our glorious God grant us a spirit of wisdom
to know and to love the risen Lord Jesus.

The God of life,
Father, + Son and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia.


Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress: “Our Paschal Lamb, that Sets Us Free;” “This Is the Day;” “The Day of Resurrection.”

ALCM Virtual Hymn Project: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 365) Over 1700 people participated in this project. To view the hymn, visit www.alcm.org.

Readings for the Week:
Monday Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24. Tuesday (commemoration of Albrecht Dürer, 1528; Matthias Grünewald, 1529; Lucas Cranach, 1553; artists) 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. Wednesday Mark 16:1-8. Thursday Psalm 133. Friday (commemoration of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian, 1945) Daniel 2:1-23. Saturday (commemoration of Mikael Agricola, Bishop of Turku, 1557) John 12:44-50. Second Sunday of Easter Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1 — 2:2; John 20:19-31.

Daily Prayer Resources are available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.

Due to copyright restrictions, we are only able to provide downloadable hymns that are in the public domain and selected hymns for limited use. Other suggestions provided above may be found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship. To purchase copies of Evangelical Lutheran Worship and All Creation Sings for the home, visit the Augsburg Fortress website or call 1-800-328-4648. Selected hymns from All Creation Sings will be provided for limited use.

Reflection text: Gordon Lathrop. Intercessory Prayer: Gail Ramshaw

Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, All Creation Sings, and sundaysandseasons.com © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Readings from Readings for the Assembly © 1995, 1996, 1997 Augsburg Fortress. Citations from the Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Scripture quotations from NRSV Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, adapted and edited with permission by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw.

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