Eyes on Jesus: Angel Eyes!

In light of postponing services, we will include the bulletin for services in our posts. Please listen and follow along below for Easter service or watch the video of the service below.

Readings are from Mark 16:1-8, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, and John 20:1-18.


Hymn Jesus Christ is Risen Today (4 verses) LSB 457


P In the name of the Father, and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Holy Gospel Mark 16:1–8

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the 16th chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

P When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them,

C Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.

P And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Opening Sentences

P This is the day that the LORD has made;

C let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

P The LORD is God,

C and He has made His light to shine upon us. Psalm 118:27

Confession and Absolution

P The angel told the women what his eyes had beheld, and he urged them to tell Jesus’ disciples and Peter, but “they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” Let us confess to God all that holds us back from spreading the news of our Lord’s resurrection.

Silence for reflection on the Word of God and our sinful condition.

P Our gracious heavenly Father,

C we confess that we have let the things around us cloud our vision, dim our joy, and close our lips. We have failed to look at Your glory and power through the eyes of the angel. Instead, we have relied on the limited information that our senses provide. We have feared what we could not explain and failed to rely on Your gracious promises. We have, therefore, not loved You with all that we have and are; we have not loved our neighbors as much as we have loved ourselves. Worse, without Your aid, we cannot change.

In Your great mercy, forgive us and, by Your Holy Spirit, assure us of Your victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil on our behalf. Help us then to announce the resurrection to all we meet, to the glory of Your holy name.

P By becoming one of us to die for us, our Lord Jesus Christ paid for all our sins. When the Father raised Him on this glorious day, He showed all creation that He received that payment and nothing, even death itself, can stand between us and His gracious, eternal promises.

Therefore, as a called and ordained servant of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

P Alleluia! Christ is risen!

C He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Hymn “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” (8 verses) LSB 461

Epistle Reading 1 Corinthians 15:51-57

Gospel Reading John 20:1-18

Sermon “Eyes on Jesus: Angel Eyes!”

Hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” ( 4 verses) LSB 463

Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit;

the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life + everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

Lord’s Prayer

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.



P The blessing of God Almighty—the Father, who sent His Son to certain death in order to give us life, the Son, + who left the tomb empty on this day of His rising, and the Holy Spirit, who graciously empowers us to be messengers of the resurrection—be upon you, now and forever.

C Amen.

P Alleluia! Christ is risen!

C He is risen indeed! Alleluia!