Thanksgiving for Baptism
You may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen. Christ is Risen indeed. Alleluia!
Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
We give thanks for the gift of baptism.
Pour some water into a bowl from a glass or pitcher.
Listen to the sound, imagining the Living Water of Jesus.
We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning you created us in
your image and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.
We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font, and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love. Satisfy the thirsty,
and give us the life only you can give.
To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
Easter Litany (adapted from Anthology by Dakota Road Music)
At Easter, we celebrate the newness and wholeness God brings into the world’s decay and brokenness. We celebrate a love that expects nothing in return and shows us what Jesus meant when he said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus that never denies the crucifixion; we celebrate the Living Christ who comes with wounds displayed to touch us with love. We celebrate the people whose presence disturbs and inconveniences us, revealing to us the hardness of our hearts and creating opportunities for sharing and hospitality.
We celebrate the Crucified Lord who delights in his victory and invites us to be transformed by faith that sees the less-than obvious. We celebrate who we are as people of the resurrection- restored, renewed and revealed by the truth of God’s love in our Savior, Jesus. Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
Hymn of Praise ELW # 824 This is my Father’s World
Prayer of the Day- On the Readings page or one of your own.
Read the Readings for the Day. One way to begin looking at these texts is by using a practice used throughout the Synod in meetings and gatherings. As you read, think about “I wonder…I notice…” What stands out for you? What makes you curious?
Message- Read Pr. Amy’s on the Readings page, go to iksynod.org or YouTube and search for Indiana Kentucky Synod ELCA and view the sermon by the Synod staff (you may have to scroll down to find it).
Prayer- Thank God for what has been revealed to you today. Thank God for your other blessings. Pray for creation, our world, our leadership. Pray for all people on the front lines of this crisis- first responders, heath care workers, folks caring for the sick, for people in facilities, those who serve us in various ways. Pray for your family and friends and yourself. Pray for Zion and those on our prayer list. Ask God to continue to bless us.
Great Thanksgiving spoken together or by one
The Lord be with us all. We lift our hearts to the Lord. We give thanks and praise to the Lord our God. With all the choirs of angels and all who have gone before, we praise your name and join the unending hymn: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Having gathered at the Lord’s table as the Body of Christ, we remember with thanksgiving that “in the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord took bread and gave thanks, broke it and gave it to his disciples saying: Take and eat: this is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
This is the supper of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the bread and wine we share as the People of God and disciples of Christ.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
Distribution: Spoken as you eat the bread and drink the wine:
The body of Christ given for you, the blood of Christ shed for you.
Prayer after communion
Life-giving God, you have fed us with your word, and our hearts burn within us. Through this meal you have opened us to your presence. Now send us forth to share the gifts of Easter with all in need;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sing another hymn! Sing one of your favorites. Or the suggested ones listed with the readings.
Blessing Receive the blessing and offer it to each other.
May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead, raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing. Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever. Amen.
Christ is risen, just as he said. Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!