2nd Sunday of Easter 

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME AND FUNNY STORY

Pastor James

CENTERING WORDS

(Luke 15)    Pastor James

All have doubted but his love is forgiveness for us all.

CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive reading)

Jan Claggett – Liturgist

L: Almighty and everlasting God.

P: Who in the Paschal Mystery

L: Established the new covenant of reconciliation.

P: Grant that all who have been reborn

into the Fellowship of Christ’s Body.

L: May show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith.

P: Through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you.

L: and the Holy Spirit.

P: One God for ever and ever. Amen

 

HYMN:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

UMC Hymnal    #64

OPENING PRAYER  (Acts 5: 27-32)

Unison      Jan Claggett – Liturgist

The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!  The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead —whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

EPISTLE LESSON      (Revelation 1: 4-8)

Jan Claggett – Liturgist

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor James

 

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

He is Lord

Barbara Houser - soloist

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE    Pastor James

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Hymn - To God Be the Glory

UMC Hymnal #98

 

GOSPEL LESSON    John 20: 19-31

MEDITATION    Pastor James

“Down on Thomas”

INVITATION TO OFFERING    Pastor James

God has given us everything. Let us return but a portion of all that we have been given back to God. Give as you are called and as you are able.

 

OFFERTORY        Soon and Very Soon

Barbara Houser - soloist

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

Unison      Pastor James

God of overflowing abundance, you bless the earth, and it brings forth food. We, who have been given so much, rejoice in our ability to aid those who are in need. As we present our offerings this day, bless these gifts, the bounty of this good land, that they may reach those who need it most. May we, who call ourselves Christ’s disciples, continue to give freely of our worldly riches, just as Christ gave freely of his heavenly riches. Amen.

BENEDICTION HYMN:

Great is Thy Faithfulness

UMC Hymnal    #140

BENEDICTION    (Romans 15: 5-6)

Unison        Pastor James

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

SENDING FORTH HYMN

I Love to Tell the Story

UMC Hymnal    #156