Sunday, April 19, 2020

2nd Sunday of Easter

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                                                                   John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit Christ Is Alive                                                                         UMH 318 vs. 1

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
His cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
His love in death shall never die.

 

Opening Prayer

Gracious God,

Although we want to be like Peter and be the rock upon which your church is built, we confess that too often we are like Thomas, and wait until we feel sure. Though we are in many places, we come together this day not so that you can prove yourself to us, but so that we may worship you and invite you into our lives. Let us leave here like James and John – as sons and daughters of thunder. Trusting in you and singing your praises.

In the name of our risen savior, Jesus the Christ, we pray. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn “Crown Him With Many Crowns”                                          UMH No. 327

1 Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless king
through all eternity.

2 Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o’er the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife
for those he came to save;
his glories now we sing
who died and rose on high,
who died eternal life to bring,
and lives that death may die.

4 Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified;
no angels in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends their burning eye
at mysteries so bright.


Epistle Lesson                                                                                          Acts 2:14, 22-32

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.
22 Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.

The Word of God…Thanks be to God

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response Cares Chorus                                                                       TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Gospel Lesson                                                                                                 John 20:19-31

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “Beyond A Shadow of a Doubt”                                                      Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

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Offertory “Where You Are”

God knows me for what I am

-In truth, in faith, in sin;
Lifts me up from what I can
To what I am within.
Gather me, Lord; fly me over
The stars and ages to
Where You are.

There was a time when the thought of Him
Was more than I could bear.
Empty heart and a cruel mind
Too cold, too cool to care.
Gather me, Lord; let me know that
This world of wonder
Is where You are.

Where every thing is Everything,
Where high is low
And to love is to know;
Where time will never slip away,
Where yesterday is tomorrow’s today,
Where You are.

Be with me when my life is done,
Though You will choose the day;
Count my sins on a single hand
And wash them all away.
Gather me, Lord; let me see
That my life can be
Where You are

 

Where You are …

 

Offering Prayer

Gracious God,

We thank you for all that you have given us. Even going so far as to become like us, and to suffer death upon the cross. Our gifts are humble, but we offer them in love. Let our offerings, our voices and the work of our hands be put to your purposes. Bless them that simple as they are, they may glorify your name. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn “When Thomas Heard from Jesus” (Vs. 1,2 & 4) Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

AURELIA 7.6.7.6 D (“The Church’s One Foundation”)

When Thomas heard from Jesus, “Now come and follow me,”
He surely went with gladness, for there was much to see.
He witnessed Jesus’ teaching and saw his healing touch;
He found a faith to guide him, a friend he loved so much.

When Jesus spoke of heaven, bold Thomas dared to say,
“We don’t know where you’re going! How can we know the way?”
He wanted understanding of what he could not see.
Then Jesus reassured him, “The way is here — through me.”

What joy on Easter evening when many saw the Lord!
Yet Thomas was not with them and would not trust their word.
When Christ appeared before him, his doubts were quickly gone;
He gladly knew that evening the joy of Easter dawn.

 

Benediction

May God the starmaker cradle and circle you. May God the storyteller beckon and encourage you.
May God the life changer challenge you and cherish you. May you walk in the light of God’s love and laughter all the moments of your nights and days.

All; Amen!

 

Choral Benediction

Christ is risen! Amen!


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

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