4 4 15 Great Easter Vigil

Sharing the Love, Joy & Peace of Jesus
April 4, 2015

As We Gather
St. Paul exhorts us to “pray without ceasing.” Luther explains that Paul is telling us our whole lives should consist of worship and prayer, a life of praise. From ancient times, Christians have practiced this exhortation literally, praying all night long in a vigil. The most ancient vigil liturgy that has only recently begun to return to practice is this one: The Great Vigil of Easter. Here, the entire plan of God’s salvation unfolds in dramatic worship. Here God’s holy light shatters the darkness. Here the baptized who were born in spiritual darkness are renewed as children of light. Here the faithful are invited to the table for the first of foretastes to follow until the full meal is served. All of this because of Christ’s shattering the chains of eternal death through His death on the cross and in confident anticipation of His rising again on ‘the third day.’ Just as Christ stands waiting to greet us when we are risen from the grave, so we now in this holy worship, through prayer and meditation, wait for the first light of the third day to join with all the hosts of heaven and the faithful on earth shouting “CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!”



Pastor: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost
People: Amen.

KINDLING OF THE NEW FIRE (Congregation stands)

Pastor: Brothers and sisters in Christ, on this most holy night in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and in prayer. This is the Passover of the Lord in which, by hearing His Word and celebrating his sacraments, we share in His victory over death. Let us pray.
O God, You are like a refiner’s fire, and Your Spirit enkindles the hearts of Your faithful people with the fire of Your love. Sanctify this new fire and those who keep this joyful paschal feast that, burning with the fire of Your holy love, we may be made ready to share in the feast of infinite light; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.
People: Amen.

PREPARATION OF THE PASCHAL CANDLE – (The paschal candle symbolizes the presence of the risen Christ among us.)

The pastor traces the cross and the Greek letters Alpha and Omega upon the paschal candle, saying:

Pastor: Christ Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and forever, the beginning and the ending, the Alpha and Omega.

The pastor traces the year upon the candle, saying:

Pastor: His are time and eternity; His are the glory and dominion, now and forever.
Be glad also, O mother Church, clothed with the brightness of such a light, and let this house resound with the triumphant voices of the peoples.
Wherefore, dearly beloved, who stand in the clarity of this bright and holy light, join with me, I ask you, in praising the loving-kindness of almighty God; through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and rules with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
People: Amen.
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Pastor: Abide with us, Lord, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. Abide with us and with your whole Church. Abide with us in the end of the day, in the end of our life, in the end of the world. Abide with us with your grace and goodness, with your holy word and Sacrament, with your strength and blessing. Abide with us when the night of affliction and temptation comes upon us, the night of fear and despair when death shall come. Abide with us and with all the faithful through time and eternity.
People: Amen.

Anthem – “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”
Sung by Michaela Farnsworth

(The paschal candle moves to the front. The person on the inside aisle should light their candle off the paschal candle, then pass the light down the aisle. Tip only unlighted candle. Hold lighted candles straight to avoid dripping the wax.)

PROCESSIONAL HYMN – #384 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”
Solo by Michaela Farnsworth – Acapella
In the darkness of the tomb / Everything seemed like gloom
Soldiers standing near that place / Not a sound, not a trace
Darkness turned to light / Jesus would end the night
Evermore and Evermore.

Solo by Pastor Brammeier
Of the Father’s love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see
Evermore and Evermore.

Michaela Farnsworth with piano
Oh, that birth forever blessed,
When the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bore the Savior of our race,
And the babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face
Evermore and Evermore.
Pastor Brammeier
This is He whom seers in old time
Chanted of with one accord,
Whom the voices of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word.
Now He shines, the long expected;
Let creation praise its Lord
Evermore and Evermore..

Congregation & Choir
O ye heights of heav’n, adore Him;
Angel hosts, His praises sing.
Pow’rs, dominions, bow before Him
And extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Ever’ry voice in concert ring
Evermore and Evermore.

Pastor Brammeier, Michaela Farnsworth
Christ to Thee, with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee Hymn
and chant and high thanksgiving
And unending praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory
Evermore and Evermore.


Pastor: In this most holy night our Savior, Christ, the Lord, broke the power of death and by His resurrection brought life and salvation to all creation. Let us praise the Lord, for He truly keeps his Word. The Sun of Righteousness has dawned upon us who have sat in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Genesis 1:26 – 2:3 – The Creation
Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God.

(Extinguish candles, hold upright until wax is dry.)

Anthem – “See Him in the Garden”
Adult Choir by Gordon Young
See Him in the garden praying, while the birds are fast asleep,
See the drops of blood now falling, all creation seems to weep.
O, my Saviour, Thou hast suffered; Thou has suffered there for me.
O, my Saviour, how betrayed there, facing now that cruel tree.
See the drops of blood now falling, all creation seems to weep.

See Him in the garden praying while the birds are fast asleep.
In the cross of Christ I glory, tow’ring o’re the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story, gathers round it’s head sublime.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour, Hallelujah, what a King!
On the cross Thou art victorious. Hallelujah, amen, Hallelujah, amen.

Genesis 22:1-18 – Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac
Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God.

Exodus 14:10-15:1 – Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea
Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God.

Anthem – “Saw Ye My Savior” Adult Choir

Saw ye my Savior, saw ye my Savior and God?
Oh! He died on Calvary, to atone for you and me,
And to purchase our pardon with blood.

He was extended, painfully nailed to the cross;
Here He bowed His head and died, here my Lord was crucified,
To atone for a world that was lost.

Jesus hung bleeding three dreadful hours in pain;
And the solid rocks were rent through Creation’s vast extent,
When the world crucified the spotless Lamb.

Darkness descended, darkness came over the land;
And the sun refused to shine when His Majesty Divine
Was derided, insulted and slain.

Isaiah 55:1-11 – Salvation is Offered Freely to All
Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God.

Hymn #453 – “Upon the Cross Extended”
Vs. 1, 2, 6, 7


Tithes and Offerings
“There is a Fountain” by William Cowper on piano by Kathy Hogue
There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he, wash all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, the precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.

E’re since, by faith, I saw the stream thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.

Baptism: LSB Page #268
Jessica Ann Vollrath, Philip Richard Vollrath,
Seanessy Ann Vollrath, Blair Elizabeth Baldree
Pastor: On this holiest of nights the whole Church of our Lord Jesus Christ recalls His death and burial, rejoicing with great joy in the Gospel of His glorious and mighty resurrection from the dead. The apostle Paul says, Do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
(Congregation stands)

Hymn #592 – “Dearest Jesus, We Are Here”
Vs. 1, 4, 5
(Congregation sits)
Pastor: Dearly beloved, our Lord Jesus Christ commanded Baptism, saying to his disciples in the last chapter of Matthew: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.” The holy apostles of the Lord have written: “The promise is for you and your children,” and: “Baptism now saves you.” We also learn from the Word of God that we all are conceived and born sinful and are in need of forgiveness. We would be lost forever unless delivered from sin, death, and everlasting condemnation. But the Father of all mercy and grace has sent his Son Jesus Christ, who atoned for the sin of the whole world that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Pastor Receive the sign of the cross both upon your forehead and upon your heart to mark you as one redeemed by Christ the crucified.

Pastor: Let us pray.
Pastor: Almighty eternal God, who according to your righteous judgment did condemn the unbelieving world through the flood and in your great mercy did preserve believing Noah and his family, and who did drown hardhearted Pharaoh with all his army in the Red Sea, thereby prefiguring this washing of your baptism, and who through the baptism of your dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has consecrated and set apart the Jordan and all water as a salutary flood and a rich and full washing away of sins: We pray that through your boundless mercy that you will graciously behold these baptismal candidates and bless them with true faith in the Spirit so that by means of this saving flood all that has been born in them from Adam and which they themselves have added thereto may be drowned in them and engulfed, and that they may be taken from the number of the unbelieving, preserved dry and secure in the holy ark of the Christian Church, serve your name at all time fervent in spirit and joyful in hope, so that with all believers they may be made worthy to attain eternal life according to your promise, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
People: Amen.

Pastor: Because these baptismal candidates have been called by the Gospel and instructed in the faith, it is right and good that you should now confess with the Church what God works in and through Baptism.

Pastor: Do you renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways.
People: Yes, I renounce them.
Pastor: Do you believe in God the Father Almighty?
People: Yes, I believe in God, the Father, Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
Pastor: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son?
People: Yes, I believe 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.
Pastor: Do you believe in the Holy Ghost?
People: Yes, I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Pastor: How is this child/person to be named?
R: Jessica Ann Vollrath, Philip Richard Vollrath,
Seanessy Ann Vollrath, Blair Elizabeth Baldree

Pastor: I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Pastor: The almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has regenerated you through water and the Holy Spirit and has forgiven you all of your sins, strengthen you with his grace to life everlasting. Amen. Peace be with you.

People: Amen.

Pastor: Receive this burning light. Live always by the light of Christ, and be ever watchful for his coming that you may meet him with joy and enter with him to the marriage feast of the Lamb in his kingdom, which shall have no end.

SPECIAL MUSIC: “Baptized in Water” sung by the Choir
w/ Cathy Gustavus on flute
Baptized in water, sealed by the Spirit,
Cleansed by the blood of Christ, our King;
Heirs of salvation, trusting his promise,
Faithfully now—God’s praises we sing.
God’s praises we sing.
Baptized in water, dead in the tomb with Christ,
Our King; one with his rising,
freed and forgiven, thankfully now
God’s praises we sing,
God’s praises we sing!

Baptized in water, sealed by the Spirit,
Marked with the sign of Christ, our King;
Born of one Father we are his children
Joyfully now God’s praises we sing.
Praise to Christ our King!
Words by Michael Saward – Music by David Haas

Pastor: Alleluia. Christ is risen!
People: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The bells ring out; as the choir and congregation sing “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” all of the lights in the church are turned on, the altar candles are lit from the paschal candle, and preparations for the first Easter meal are begun.

Hymn #525 “Crown Him With Many Crowns”

Prayers and Lord’s Prayer

Admonition To Communicants
Pastor: I exhort you in Christ that you give attention to the Testament of Christ in true faith, and above all take to heart the words with which Christ presents his body and blood to us for forgiveness; that you take note of and give thanks for the boundless love that he showed us when he saved us from the wrath of God, sin, death, and hell by his blood; and that you then externally receive the bread and wine, that is, his body and blood, as a guarantee and pledge. Let us then in his name, according to his command, and with his own words administer and receive the Testament.

Words of Institution

Sharing of the Easter Peace
Pastor: The peace of the Lord be with you always.
People: And also with you.
All: O Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. O Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. O Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us your peace. Amen.

Hymn During Distribution – “Hail the Word Made Flesh Incarnate”

Tune – “Let All Mortal Flesh” Text – Mark Wood

Hail the Word made flesh incarnate,
Flesh with stripes and wounds that bleed,
Flesh which bears my sin and sorrows,
As the serpent wounds the seed,
Oh what love, what love the F-a-ther,
Has for you, for me, for all.
See the thorns they placed upon Him,
Pierced into His sacred brow.
See the cross which is His burden,
And the soldiers mock Him how.
Oh what pain, what pain the S-a-vior,
Bore for you, for me, for all.

See the women weeping sadly
For the One who came to save,
In His bloody hands He carries,
Means for which His Father gave.
Oh the price, the price that J-e-sus,
Paid for you, for me, for all.

See them look upon the pierced One,
Limply hanging on the tree.
Soon the tomb will hold His body,
Yet He has won the victory.
Oh the gift, the gift the S-a-vior,
Gave to you, to me, to all.

Now the tomb is open, empty,
And our Savior lives anew,
Lives that we might live eternal,
Lives to prove His promise true.
Oh the joy, the joy that J-e-sus,
Brings to you, to me, to all.

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Pastor: Almighty and ever-living God, we thank You for feeding us with so great a food, the fullness of Your love in the body and blood of Your Son, our Paschal Lamb, Jesus Christ. May we now go from here, with Your holy love within us to live out our lives as people whom You have brought out of darkness into Your marvelous light, telling everyone what You have done, with great boldness; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
People: Amen.


People: Amen, Amen, Amen.
Closing Hymn – #457, “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia!”

Silent Prayer


Easter Sunday

“He Is Not Here”
Matthew: 28:1-10
1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.  5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”  8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Resurrection of Our Lord
April 5th
Sunrise Service – 6:30am -Short Communion Service
Divine Services at 8:30 am and 11:00 am
(No Sunday School, Bible Study or 6:00 pm Service)

Easter Breakfast served by Thrivent 7:00am – 11am
Free-Will Offering – will help our Youth Group go to the LCMS National Youth Gathering this summer
Scrambled Eggs, Grits, Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, fruit, juice & coffee

Blessed Lord Jesus Christ,
as Nicodemus and Joseph
showed care for your body
after it had hung on the cross.
We also want to show care
for your body, the church,
by the indwelling
of your spirit.
Strengthen us in our
baptismal vows
and make us the sign of
your presence in this world,
testifying to the power of the
Resurrection and the Joy
of the life to come.
In your precious name we pray.

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School
2913 John Moore Rd. Brandon, Florida 33511
Rev. Kenneth W. Farnsworth, Administrative Pastor, 813-476-2303
Rev. Daniel G. Brammeier, Family Life & Youth Pastor, 813-438-5010
Kathy Hogue – Organist / Music Director
Sunday Worship
8:30 and 11 am: Traditional Liturgy
6 pm: Contemporary Liturgy
Sunday School at 10:00 am
Contact Info
Church: 813-689-1787 FAX: 813-681-1526
School: 813-685-1978 FAX: 813-681-6852
Toll Free: 877-689-1787
Church website: www.GodSoLoved.org
Church email: WeCare@GodSoLoved.org
School website: www.ilsbrandon.com
School email: Office@mail.ilsbrandon.com

We are a member congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

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