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4.19.2020 Worship - 2nd Sunday of Easter

Introduction to the day

In today’s gospel the risen Christ appears to the disciples and breathes on them the gift of peace in the Holy Spirit. Jesus comes to bring a holy peace and resurrection into today’s world as well. This Sunday is an opportunity to proclaim the power of the resurrection and the grace of God who welcomes Thomas with open arms. Even amid doubts and questions, we experience the resurrection in our Sunday gathering around the Word and in our everyday lives.

Thomas is criticized for doubting, but he asks for nothing more than the same experience of the risen Christ the rest of the disciples had. By the grace of God, Jesus returns a second time and offers his body as living proof to Thomas. In the presence of Jesus, Thomas discovers he did not need the proof he demanded. Thomas’ story is our story. We are not always where we need to be. Sometimes we even find ourselves in places we should not be at all. But Jesus comes to us, seeking us out and giving us the gift of faith. Thomas is not criticized; he is not condemned. Instead Jesus loves Thomas back into a relationship and shows the disciples what the words “Peace be with you” mean when lived out.

The resurrection promise can be heard through Peter’s powerful preaching in the reading from Acts as well. Jesus will triumph over death. Peter points to Jesus’ death on the cross, but what of the little ways we die? The loss of relationships, the ending of friendships, the pain of being alone and left out, the despair of losing a job, the doubt that comes on the heels of a negative diagnosis. Jesus comes to bring a holy peace and resurrection into the world in these times as well. This Sunday is an opportunity to proclaim the power of the resurrection and the grace of God, who welcomes Thomas with open arms.

Opening Song:

(select contemporary or traditional song options)

Contemporary Option: I Stand Amazed

Verse 1 I stand amazed in the presence Of Jesus the Nazarene And wonder how He could love me A sinner condemned unclean Chorus (Singin') (Ev'rybody singin') How marvelous how wonderful And my song shall ever be How marvelous how wonderful Is my Savior's love for me Verse 2 He took my sins and my sorrows, He made them His very own (And) He bore the burden to Calvary, And suffered and died alone Verse 3 And with the ransomed in glory, His face I at last shall see It will be my joy through the ages, To sing of His love for me

CCLI Song # 4674207Charles Hutchinson Gabriel | Chris Tomlin © sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Vamos Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 11430998

Traditional Option: Thine is the Glory

1 Thine is the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;

endless is the vict'ry, thou o'er death hast won!

Angels in bright raiment, rolled the stone away,

kept the folded grave-clothes, where thy body lay.

Refrain

Thine is the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;

endless is the vict'ry, thou o'er death hast won!

2 Lo, Jesus meets thee, risen from the tomb!

Lovingly he greets thee, scatters fear and gloom;

let his church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing,

for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting! Refrain

3 No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;

life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;

make us more than conqu'rors, through thy deathless love;

bring us safe through Jordan, to thy home above. Refrain

Text: Edmond Budry, 1854-1932; tr. R. Birch Hoyle, 1875-1939

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the festival of our Lord’s resurrection. Graciously help us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen

First Lesson: Acts 5:29-32 We Are Witnesses

But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him."

Here ends the reading.

Psalm: Psalm 148 Praise the Name of the Lord

 Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens;   praise God in the heights. Praise the Lord, all you angels;   sing praise, all you hosts of heaven.  Praise the Lord, sun and moon;   sing praise, all you shining stars. Praise the Lord, heaven of heavens,   and you waters above the heavens.  Let them praise the name of the Lord,   who commanded, and they were created, who made them stand fast forever and ever,   giving them a law which shall not pass away.  Praise the Lord from the earth,   you sea monsters and all deeps; fire and hail, snow and fog,   tempestuous wind, doing God's will;  mountains and all hills,   fruit trees and all cedars; wild beasts and all cattle,   creeping things and flying birds;  sovereigns of the earth and all peoples,   princes and all rulers of the world; young men and maidens,   old and young together.  Let them praise the name of the Lord,   whose name only is exalted, whose splendor is over earth and heaven. The Lord has raised up strength for the people and praise for all faithful servants,   the children of Israel, a people who are near the Lord. Hallelujah!

Here ends the Psalm

Second Lesson: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Born Again to a Living Hope

This epistle was written to encourage Christians experiencing hardships and suffering because of their faith in Christ. The letter opens by blessing God for the living hope we have through Christ’s resurrection even amid difficult circumstances and surroundings.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Here ends the reading.

Gospel: John 20:19-31 Jesus Appears to the Disciples

The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, offering them a benediction, a commission, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. But one of their number is missing, and his unbelief prompts another visit from the Lord.

When 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.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”   But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So 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.”   A 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.”

Then 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.”

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”   Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But 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.

The Gospel of the Lord.

The Sermon - Pastor Jill - Jesus Breathed the Spirit on the Disciples

Jesus did startling things! Here were the disciples huddled together behind a locked door riddled in fear that the Jews would come and kill them too. Even though they had just witnessed the biggest earth-shattering event in their lives—the death of their beloved—now gone—risen! Resurrected! They were still in shock and maybe having some problem wondering if all this was true or if they were just imagining it! And then another shock came!

All of a sudden Jesus appeared before them—having gone through the locked door with no problem at all—as He was in His resurrected body-- capable of passing through walls and appear wherever He wanted to. There was no locking Him out! But to their utter astonishment He appeared before this motley crew—and knowing they were quivering in fear—He spoke comforting words to them, “Peace be with you.” Then He assuaged their doubts by showing them His hands and side---"Yes it really is Jesus—this is not a mirage! Their fear was turned into joy!

But Jesus wasn’t there for a coffee party---He was on assignment—He had personally trained these men for 3 years, yet they needed something more, and Jesus knew it. They were to be sent out to spread the Gospel—now as Apostles—but they couldn’t do it in their own strength or power.

For the 2nd time Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive any sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” That was their assignment.

This was a special filling of the Holy Spirit for the disciples, a foretaste of what all believers would experience from the time of Pentecost and forever after. Jesus was giving His disciples their Spirit-powered and Spirit-guided mission—to preach the Good News about Jesus so people’s sins might be forgiven.

What does this mean for us? Are we startled by all this too? Do some of us have fear of Jesus coming so personally into our lives and sending us out? I think so! Yet there is a drawing to come into the fullness of our relationship with Christ—and that includes being sent ones and to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven—with signs following—healing, deliverances from evil, teaching, preaching, reaching out. There’s the beginning of a fire in us—but we need Someone Much Greater to come and blow the smoldering little tiny fire in us into a huge roaring flame! But this was their time—it would come 50 days later for the 120 were gathered in the Upper Room to receive the Holy Spirit so they too, could be sent out. They were to tarry until Holy Spirit was given them! It is our time now! Believers can now ask for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit—the infilling. We ought never try to do our assignment without the infilling. Never think we are so smart, witty, experienced that we can go out on our own accord and do mighty things for God. Won’t happen.

But our appetites are whetted from this special visit by Christ—and we want Holy Spirit too! Jesus, breathe on us the Holy Spirit, we pray, we ask, we cry out. We want it, need it and desire it above anything else—and we realize we cannot do one good thing without your Spirit.

Sometimes we need reminding why we need Holy Spirit—the Spirit of Life:

  1. To set you free from sin’s oppression—the same cycle of sin that goes on and on. You need the Spirit to set you free!

  2. He comes to keep your mind in perfect peace. Worry, fear, anxiety indicates the power of death is at work in your life—cast it out—be done with it!! Do not be under its power/influence one minute more. Receive His peace!

  3. The Spirit of Life comes to give your body strength, healing and restoration.

  4. Spirit of Life places the life of God in you and makes you His child—sonship, heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.

  5. It’s available to YOU! Let Christ breathe in you the Holy Spirit today!

But, wait…some Christians are afraid of the Holy Spirit! When you are used to walking in death it can be frightening to see life. Today be assured…every good gift comes from God!” And then many Christians don’t know what they have at their disposal—this precious, powerful gift----and Jesus wants you to have this it—take it! You need it. Don’t hurt His feelings. If you have fear—let Him breathe his peace in you!

So, I welcome you today to receive this gift—let Christ breathe in you the Holy Spirit of Life—and receive the power of the Resurrection today. All you must do is ask.

“Lord Jesus, I have confessed my sins to you, and received your forgiveness. Now I lift my hands to you and ask you to breathe the Holy Spirit of Your Life into me and fill me to overflowing! I receive your Holy Spirit now and am filled with joy! Thank you for this precious gift and I praise you forever for this. I trust you will never leave me. I am yours.

Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and everything that is within me—bless your Holy Name! Amen

Hymn of the Day

choose traditional or contemporary song option

Traditional Option: Breathe on Me Breath of God

1 Breathe on me, breath of God; fill me with life anew,

that I may love all that you love and do what you would do.

2 Breathe on me, breath of God, until my heart is pure,

until with you I will one will to do and to endure.

3 Breathe on me, breath of God; so shall I never die,

but live with you the perfect life of your eternity.

Text: Edwin Hatch, 1835-1889

Contemporary Option: Breathe

Verse 1 Breathe breathe on me now open Your mouth

And speak the word that heals this broken ground Say say what You will as we are still As we breathe in the very breath of God Chorus Oh Spirit of God here with us now, Giving us life again Breathe breathe on us now, Fill us with Your love send us with Your power, Spirit of God Verse 2 Breathe breathe on us now open Your mouth And speak the word that heals this broken ground Say say what You will show us Your will As we breathe in the very breath of God

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Offering

During this time, it can be a strain on households, but please continue your giving as you are able. For now, send your offerings to: 

Raymond Sundrud, Treasurer at: 

35563 300th Street SE, 

Fosston, MN 56542.

Thank you for supporting the work of our church.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen.

The Prayers

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

Open the doors we close, O God, when we fear those who worship you in different ways. Guide us to unity and harmony so that we may come to respect and cherish our commonalities. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Open the paths we ignore, O God, when we prioritize financial gain and convenience over listening to the groaning of the earth. Inspire all to care for the world you have made so that living things might thrive. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Open the rooms we lock, O God, to those who live without a homeland or place of safety. We pray that generous nations offer refuge and peace for all. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Open the hearts we close, O God, to the cries of those in pain. We pray for those isolated physically or emotionally through incarceration, addiction, mental illness, chronic suffering, grief, and all in need (especially those we name in our hearts today). Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Open the ways of love, O God, in the pursuit of peace throughout the world, and bless the efforts of missionaries, healthcare professionals, activists for women and children, and relief workers, especially those who find themselves in harm’s way. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Open the way to eternal life, O God, as we remember those who have died in faith (especially those we name in our hearts today). Free us from the fear of death, that we embrace the peace you have promised. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care, through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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.

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace.

Amen

Sending Hymns

choose traditional or contemporary song option

Traditional option: He Lives!

Verse 1 I serve a risen Savior He's in the world today I know that He is living Whatever men may say I see His hand of mercy I hear His voice of cheer And just the time I need Him He's always near Chorus He lives He lives! Christ Jesus lives today He walks with me and talks with me, Along life's narrow way He lives He lives! Salvation to impart You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart! Verse 2 In all the world around me I see His loving care And though my heart grows weary I never will despair I know that He is leading Through all the stormy blast The day of His appearing Will come at last Verse 3 Rejoice rejoice O Christian, Lift up your voice and sing Eternal hallelujahs, To Jesus Christ the King The Hope of all who seek Him, The Help of all who find None other is so loving, So good and kind

CCLI Song # 17597 Alfred Henry Ackley © Words: 1933 Homer A. Rodeheaver. Renewed 1961 Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.) Music: 1933 Homer A. Rodeheaver. Renewed 1961 Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 11430998

Contemporary Option - Glorious Day

Verse 1 I was buried beneath my shame, Who could carry that kind of weight It was my tomb 'til I met You Verse 2 I was breathing but not alive, All my failures I tried to hide It was my tomb 'til I met You Chorus ('Cause when) You called my name (and) I ran out of that grave Out of the darkness into Your glorious day You called my name (and) I ran out of that grave Out of the darkness into Your glorious day Verse 3 Now Your mercy has saved my soul, Now Your freedom is all that I know The old made new Jesus when I met You Bridge I needed rescue my sin was heavy, But chains break at the weight of Your glory I needed shelter I was an orphan, Now You call me a citizen of Heaven When I was broken You were my healing, Now Your love is the air that I'm breathing I have a future my eyes are open

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Dismissal:

Go In Peace! Love and Serve the Lord

Thanks be to God!


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