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    Mt. Olive Easter Sunday Online Order of Worship 

    In the name of the Father,
    and of the ☩ Son,
    and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    ELW 373 “CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY”, vs. 1-4 (To the tune of “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”)

    Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia!

    All on earth with angels say: Alleluia!

    Raise your joys and triumphs high. Alleluia!

    Sing O heav’ns and earth reply. Alleluia!


    Love’s redeeming work is done. Alleluia!

    Fought the fight, the battle won. Alleluia!

    Lo! The sun’s eclipse is o’er. Alleluia!

    Lo! He sets in blood no more. Alleluia!


    Vain the stone, the watch, the seal. Alleluia!

    Christ has burst the gates of hell. Alleluia!

    Death in vain forbids his rise. Alleluia!

    Christ has opened paradise. Alleluia!


    Lives again our glorious king! Alleluia!

    Where, o death, is now your sting? Alleluia!

    Once he died our souls to save. Alleluia!

    Where your victory, oh grave? Alleluia!



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

    Christ Is Risen!
    He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

    PRAYER OF THE DAY (from centerforfaithandgiving.org/)

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

    God of Resurrection Power, we come to you today with eager hearts.  How we
    yearn not only to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, but to know true resurrection in our
    own lives.  Surrounded by so many deaths (from COVID-19, but also deaths of our
    own jobs, death of our freedom of movement, death of any sense of control …),
    we reach out to you.  Show us your way!  Infuse us with your power!  Raise us up to lives of resurrection joy, even as we sing our glad “Alleluia!” Amen.

    PSALM 118 (Selected verses)

    O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

    his steadfast love endures forever!

    Out of my distress I called on the Lord;

    the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.

    With the Lord on my side I do not fear.

    What can mortals do to me?

    The Lord is my strength and my might;

    he has become my salvation.

    I shall not die, but I shall live,

    and recount the deeds of the Lord.

    Open to me the gates of righteousness,

    that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

    This is the gate of the Lord;

    the righteous shall enter through it.

    I thank you that you have answered me

    and have become my salvation.

    The stone that the builders rejected

    has become the chief cornerstone.

    This is the Lord’s doing;

    it is marvelous in our eyes.

    This is the day that the Lord has made;

    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

    You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;

    you are my God, I will extol you.

    O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

    for his steadfast love endures forever.


    The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the 28th chapter.
    Glory to you, O Lord!

    Matthew 28:1-10

    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 lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, 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 worshiped him. 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, O Christ!


    Silence for reflection follows the sermon.


    I believe in God, the Father almighty,

    creator of heaven and earth.


    I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

    born of the virgin Mary,

    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,

    he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

    and he will come to judge the living and the dead.


    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. Amen.


    Lord, in your mercy.
    Hear our prayer.


    The peace of Christ be with you always.
    And also with you.


    Giving Your Offering During Quarantine

    A word of thanks for continuing to give generously during this time of physical separation. You are so faithful! Thank you for supporting our ministry together.

    The following are ways you can continue to give:

    1. Mail it in.
    2. Bring it in & drop it in the new locked mailbox outside Karen’s office.
    3. Contact your bank and set up automatic bill pay.
    4. Sign up for “Simply Giving”. Karen Abernathy will help you.
    5. Give online with your credit card from the front page of our website, org. You’ll see the gold “donate” button for PayPal on our homepage. Click on the button and follow the instructions.

    However you give, thank you for your generosity!


    Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.



    Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
    thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread;
    and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. 


    Please pray for Eric Griggs and family at Bobbie’s passing. Pray for Anne Lyerly, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. All victims of illness and all on the front lines caring for them. Please check your email and the Mt. Olive Lutheran – Hickory Facebook group regularly. Your ministry team is working hard to offer content which connects us and nourishes our faith together. Thanks to all of you who have helped me out with items I have needed for this time of ministry and thanks to Pat and Penny and everyone who decorated our facility so beautifully for Easter.

    Some ministry opportunities:

    1)  Pray
    2) Call and check on one another.
    3) Bake and individually package desserts for the Hickory Soup Kitchen. All their meals are take-out now.


    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
    The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace. Amen.


    Christ is Risen!
    He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

    Go in peace. Christ is with you.
    Thanks be to God.


    From sundaysandseasons.com.