Church Services



April 19, 2020


Call to Worship

Leader: There is but one God, Creator of the universe, who loves us all.

People: And all who are led by the Holy Spirit are indeed children of God.

Leader: Come then, and let us walk in the ways of the Lord with gladness!

People: The Holy Spirit is with each one who calls upon the Lord in truth.

Leader: So let us lift our hearts to God in joyful praise and song!

All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!


Opening Prayer: O God, You are greater than all we might imagine or even dream, yet in Christ You made Your kingdom open to all who would have faith and believe. Help us to live by faith, Lord. In Christ we pray. Amen.


Hymn: "Wonderful Words Of Life"

1. Sing them over again to me,

Wonderful words of life,

Let me more of their beauty see,

Wonderful words of life;

Words of life and beauty

Teach me faith and duty.


Refrain:

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

Wonderful words of life;

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

Wonderful words of life.


2. Christ, the blessed One, gives to all

Wonderful words of life;

Sinner, list to the loving call,

Wonderful words of life;

All so freely given,

Wooing us to heaven.


3. Sweetly echo the Gospel call,

Wonderful words of life;

Offer pardon and peace to all,

Wonderful words of life;

Jesus, only Savior,

Sanctify us forever.


Concerns

- Those who are ill

- Those who are labeled essential and have to go to work each day

- Those who have lost their jobs or who have been furloughed from their jobs

- Those who are receiving treatment, radiation, chemo therapy, therapy

- Those in nursing facilities, their families, and their caretakers

- Those who have been affected by tragic storms

- Families affected by violence

- Those affected by addiction

- Students and teachers

- Those worried about all the changes that have come about.

- Homeless and the hungry


Joys

- The pandemic numbers getting better and the possible slow lifting of the stay in place order

- Those surviving the coronavirus

- That we have homes and food where we are quarantined

- That most of us have stayed healthy

- We still have our faith and can worship


Lord, we are thankful and praise Youl for this Easter season and Your resurrection, that we serve a risen Savior. We thank you that You desire a intimate relationship with each one of us and call us Your children. We ask that we might grow closer to You each and every day, that we give you our worries and our joys. We thank you and praise you for this wonderful world You created and ask you to forgive us when we abuse and neglect all you have given us. Thank you for teaching us to pray by saying:

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever.

Amen.


Hymn: "Breathe on me, Breath of God"

1 Breathe on me, Breath of God,

fill me with life anew,

that I may love the way you love,

and do what you would do.


2 Breathe on me, Breath of God,

until my heart is pure,

until my will is one with yours,

to do and to endure.


3 Breathe on me, Breath of God,

so shall I never die,

but live with you the perfect life

for all eternity.


Scripture Lessons for the day: Acts 2:14a, 22-32, Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9

John 20:19-31

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

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."

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), 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."

The Purpose of John's Gospel

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 that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.


Sermon: "Jesus Appears to His Disciples"

This account of the resurrection takes place on Easter evening. The disciples are gathered in the Upper Room, locked in out of fear they would be next. Probably still in shock from the news earlier in the day of the risen the Christ. Jesus appears in the room, not through the door or by any human means. Jesus shows them His scars, the proof of His crucifixion, His hands, feet and side. The scars also show He once was dead but now is alive and with them. This is the evidence, Christ has risen.

When Jesus appears to them, He says, "Peace be with you."{"Many are familiar with the Hebrew word shalom or "peace." The common western definition of peace is - the absence of conflict or war - but in Hebrew it means so much more. "Shalom" is taken from the root word shalam, which means, "to be safe in mind, body, or estate." It speaks of completeness, fullness, or a type of wholeness that encourages you to give back - to generously re-pay something in some way. True biblical shalom refers to an inward sense of completeness or wholeness. Although it can describe the absence of war, a majority of biblical references refer to an inner completeness and tranquility. In Israel today, when you greet someone or say goodbye, you say, Shalom. You are literally saying, "may you be full of well-being" or, "may health and prosperity be upon you."} Hebrew Word Study by Doug Hershey

Jesus came to offer to the disciples and to us a "peace" that gives us victory over sin and death.

Then Jesus breathes on them and tells the disciples to receive the Holy Spirit. Remember in the creation story God breathes life into Adam and he becomes a living human being. Jesus came from the grave to give us new life and eternal life through Him. Remember Paul tell us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!" Through Christ, we have forgiveness of our sins and a chance to live a new life with Christ each and every day. Through Christ we have the chance to live counter culture and offer hope, peace and love, where the world offers sin and death.

The effect of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit is far reaching. It reaches to heal the brokenness of us and our world. We are forgiven and therefore we can forgive others. Jesus is the way to reconciliation!

The risen Christ gives the disciples and us the gift of the Holy Spirit to understand that Jesus was and is the Messiah. Their fears turn to joy and they are now able to have faith and witness to the risen Lord. When Thomas returns, they tell Thomas, "We have seen the Lord." Thomas says he will not believe until he sees the scars and puts his hand in the side of Jesus. A week later Jesus appears again to then in the Upper Room and all are present. Again Jesus greets them with, "Peace be with you." And He shows Thomas his scars and invites Thomas to touch them. Then Thomas realizes in front of him is the Risen Lord. "Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Here it is made clear, faith is a miracle. It is Holy Spirit that allows humans to have faith in their hearts and to believe in the risen Christ, who gave salvation to the disciples, to the world, to us!

The risen Christ comes to give us complete fullness of life, Shalom, Peace. And we are called to witness to the world, "We have seen the Lord!" Amen


Closing Hymn: "Let There Be Peace On Earth"

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me

Let there be peace on earth

The peace that was meant to be


With God as our father

Brothers all are we

Let me walk with my brother

In perfect harmony


Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now

With every step I take

Let this be my solemn vow


To take each moment

And live each moment

In peace eternally

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me

Benediction: And may the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Amen


Choral Benediction: Go now in peace, go now in peace; may the love of God surround you everywhere, everywhere you may go.