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“First Day News” Easter Sermon for April 16, 2017

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Published on Apr 24, 2017

Rev. Charles Svendsen
Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9; John 20:11-18

Pastor's Easter Warmup:
Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia, alleluia!
After the 40 days of Lent, after victorious Palm Sunday, after somber Maundy Thursday, after frightening Good Friday - we finally sing on Easter Sunday morning with joyful voices: "Christ is risen indeed!" Our Easter readings this Sunday are Isaiah 25:6-9 and John 20:11-18. The Isaiah lesson paints a vivid depiction of a royal banquet, a delectable feast set up by God to be enjoyed by people of all nations. Isaiah, in the midst of destruction and death all about him, speaks a word of coming life: "This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation." So on Easter Day we will no longer wait, but will gladly rejoice in the Risen Christ.
In John we will hear the touching resurrection story of Jesus' appearance to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb. Mary was blind to who Jesus was until he spoke her name. We will learn in our Christian life that Jesus pursues us in faith, that our encounters with Christ are personal and God calls us away from lives predictable.
As Pastor Steve said on Palm Sunday, please invite family and friends to be with us for traditional worship at 8 and 9:30 am. Or invite them to contemporary worship at 11:15 am. Easter egg hunts will follow each service on the courtyard and front lawn.
We have been waiting for this day. Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia, alleluia!

Charles Svendsen
Interim Pastor

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

John 20:11-18

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other 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.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” 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 Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because 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 she told them that he had said these things to her.

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