The Festival of the Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Day
Sunday, April 8, 2012

Welcome to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church!
In the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Savior, we welcome you to St. Mark’s. We especially welcome our guests who have joined us today. We pray that your soul will be strengthened by the good news about God’s grace, love, and forgiveness to us through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Our congregation also operates a Lutheran school for students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. If you would like to learn more about our church or school, please contact one of our pastors, the principal, or another representative of our church or school. They would be happy to assist you.

Focus of Today’s Service

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! After the somber celebration of Holy Week, the Church gathers this Easter Day to shout its “Alleluias” and songs of praise to the risen Lord. After three days in the tomb, Christ returned to life to dry our tears and remove our fears. Jesus wants no soul left in mourning over death. He laid down his life, and he took it up again. He removed the sting of death by becoming salvation for us, so that we can call God our Father.

Season of the Church Year

Our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead extends through the seven week-long Easter season. The earlier weeks of the Easter season focus on Jesus’ resurrection appearances. The later weeks of the Easter season focus on the comforting spiritual truths that result from Jesus’ resurrection. Near the end of the Easter season, we also celebrate our Lord’s Ascension into heaven forty days after his resurrection.

Serving at Worship Today

Presiding Minister: Pastor Ronald Waterstradt
Preacher & Choir Director: Pastor Johnold Strey
Organist & Saxophone: Timothy Williamson
Accompanist: Emily Strey
Trumpet: Fredrick Beiderbecke, Pastor Jason Schmidt
Trombone: Mark Temple, Brett Peterson
Tuba: Patrick Walker
Timpani: Don Black

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