Sunday, April 11, 2021 – Second Sunday of Easter
When John Quincy Adams was eighty years old, a friend said, “How is John Quincy Adams?”
He replied, “John Quincy Adams himself is very well, thank you; but the house he lives in is sadly dilapidated. It is tottering on its foundations. The walls are badly shattered, and the roof is worn. The building trembles with every wind. And I think that John Quincy Adams will have to move out of it before long. But he himself is very well.
Prelude: “Oboe Concerto” R. Vaughan Williams Marissa Harley, oboe
Marissa is currently majoring in music at Temple University
Welcome No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here!
We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence
Gathering Song: “Morning Is Broken” – Led by Nora Feather, Jack Feather, and Carlee Gross
WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD
First Reading: Acts 4:32-35 Deborah Martin
While the apostles testified to others about the resurrection of Jesus, the early Christian community shared what they owned or sold their possessions to help their fellow believers who were in need.
32Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
Scholarships Announced Rachel Anthony
Congratulations Carlee Gross and Ryan Salmon
Reading of Scholarship Essays, “What is Christian Service”
“Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ” – Led by Nora Feather, Jack Feather and Carlee Gross
Gospel: John 20:19-31
The story of Easter continues as the risen Jesus appears to his disciples. His words to Thomas offer a blessing to all who entrust themselves in faith to the risen Lord.
19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.
Message Song “Sing Sing Sing” – Led by Nora Feather, Jack Feather, and Carlee Gross
“Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying” – Led by Carlee Gross
Prayers Enid Rank
Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God, who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love. Please begin with silent, personal prayer. A brief silence.
You shower your church with grace, O God. Unite the whole church on earth, so that with one heart it testifies to the resurrection of Jesus Christ with power and love.
Hear us O God
You proclaim the blessing of life forevermore. Like dew upon the mountains, refresh your creation. Restore waters, cleanse the air, and provide revitalizing moisture to parched land. Give us and your whole creation the promise of new life.
Hear us O God
You direct the nations, O God. Guide all in authority, that they shepherd their peoples in the ways of your love. Defeat in us our impulse to war. Bestow the peace of Christ upon those in authority, and breathe upon them the Holy Spirit. We will support those who show compassion and integrity.
Hear us O God
You place within the heart of the church a spirit of sharing. Give us the power of your generous Spirit, and we promise to provide for the needs of others, especially those in our community who hunger and are in need. Bless those in our congregation who lead our outreach ministry. We ask for special blessings today on those who contributed to the Food Bank collection on Saturday.
Hear us O God
Announce your peace to those who are lonely, hurting, suffering, or afraid. Comfort and heal those who are sick. We pray especially for Mary Ann and Ester, Geoff Baer, Timmy Henn, Jr., Andrea & Jerry, Hugh, Jane Atherholt, Linda, Leo, Mel, Kristen, Tim M., Dawn, Norine, Joe, Debbie, Ruth Meier, Kyle, Joe, Be Linney, Al Horvath, John, Pat & Al, Maryse, Paige and Teri.
Hospitalized this week: Ruth Meier and Sam L.
You give us fellowship with one another in this faith community, O God. Shine the light of the risen Christ in our life together, so that we live in love for one another and our joy may be complete. We will spread that light and joy to all we know.
Hear us O God
You share the gift of eternal life, O God. In thanksgiving and remembrance, we recall the lives and gifts of those who now live in endless joy. Unite us with them in resurrection hope.
In the hope and joy of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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 and ever. Amen.
Closing Hymn “Christ Is Risen” – Led by Nora Feather, Jack Feather, and Carlee Gross
Dismissal: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.