Jesus said to Thomas, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Though we don’t have the privilege of seeing Jesus in person as Thomas, the disciples, and many others did, we do have the privilege of seeing Jesus in the Word. We have the privilege of being touched by Jesus in Holy Baptism. And we have the privilege of being in communion with Jesus in the Lord’s Supper. Jesus still comes through the “locked doors” we may have and brings a blessed peace to us as He did in the flesh long ago!
Family Room & Children Activity Bags- We value children in our worship services. If needed, there is a family room available for families with children. The family room has a diaper changing table, a closed-circuit T. V. to watch the worship service, toys and books for children. The family room is located across from the kitchen in the long hallway, the first door on the right, just past the bathrooms. There are “King’s Kids” bags with activities for children to help them worship. They are near the usher’s station. Please return the bag to the rack after the service.
Holy Communion- The Scripture teaches the Lord’s Supper is a precious gift of God in which Christ gives us His true body and blood (in a miraculous way), together with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Because the Bible teaches that this Sacrament may also be spiritually harmful if misused the LCMS ordinarily communes only those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings. Please speak to Pastor Ralph before the service if you have a question about this. For those who prefer a non-alcoholic alternative, there is grape juice at the center of each tray. Those not receiving the Sacrament, including children, are invited to come to the altar, cross their arms over their chest, and receive a special blessing.
Recognized in the Old Testament, but Less Clearly The light of faith in the resurrection of the dead shone also in the Old Testament, although not so plentifully and clearly as in the New Testament. Christ says: “God in not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matt. 22:32). Therefore all the fathers, who hoped in God, without a doubt also believed the resurrection of the dead. What Luther Says # 2421
Second Sunday in Easter
April 28, 2019
Welcome and Hand of Friendship
Opening Hymn Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia LSB 466 vs 1–3
Invocation, Confession and Absolution (portions of Psalm 107)
P: We gather in the name and at the invitation of our great and gracious triune God,
C: In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
P: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
C: his love endures forever.
P: Let the redeemed of the Lord say this— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
C: those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.
P: Some wandered in desert wastelands,
C: finding no way to a city where they could settle.
P: They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.
C: Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
P: He led them by a straight way
C: to a city where they could settle.
P: Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
C: and his wonderful deeds for men,
ALL: for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things!
P: Let us confess together:
C: Most merciful God, we are unworthy of Your love because we have sinned by what we have done and left undone. We have at times abandoned the new life given to us through our Savior’s work by sinning against You and others in thought, word, and deed. We often seek peace for ourselves in ways outside of the peace that Christ has come to bring. Forgive us for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
(Silence for reflection and confession)
P: Jesus says, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” Upon your confession and in the victory Jesus Christ won for us I announce to you the forgiveness of all your sins in the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit. God keep you in His grace by the Holy Spirit, lead you in ways of peace and joy, and finally bring you to live with Him forever, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C: God grant it for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Hymn of Praise Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia LSB 466 vs 4-5
Prayer of the Day
ALL: Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
N T Lesson (God’s Word goes out to the peoples) Acts 5:12–21
12 The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed. 17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.” 21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people.
N T Lesson (John’s vision of Christ’s eternal glory) Revelation 1: 12–19
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. 19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.
Message Song Come People of the Risen King
Come, people of the risen King Who delight to bring Him praise
Come all and tune your hearts to sing To the morning star of grace
From the shifting shadows of the earth We will lift our eyes to Him
Where steady arms of mercy reach To gather children in
Chorus: Rejoice, rejoice Let every tongue rejoice
One heart one voice Oh, church of Christ rejoice
Come those whose joy is morning sun And those weeping through the night
Come those who tell of battles won And those struggling in the fight
For His perfect love will never change And His mercies never cease
But follow us through all our days With the certain hope of peace Chorus
Come, young and old from every land Men and women of the faith
Come those with full or empty hands Find the riches of His grace
Over all the world His people sing Shore to shore we hear them call
The truth that cries through every age Our God is all in all Chorus
Used with permission CCLI #11390779
Sermon Believing is Receiving
Gospel Lesson (Jesus appears to disciples) 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 Jews, 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 his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” 24 Now Thomas (called 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 it.” 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 did many other miraculous 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 Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
The Apostle’s Creed
C: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Offertory Eric & Karin Marrero and David Ellis 8:00 am
Vincentine Williams 10:30 am
Prayers of the Church
After each petition:
P: Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayers.
C: 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.
Service of the Sacrament
Preface page 160 in the hymnal
P: The Lord be with you.
C: ♪ And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: ♪ We lift them to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: ♪ It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
P: It is truly good, right, and salutary …. And ever more praising You and singing:
Sanctus — Holy, Holy, Holy page 161 in the hymnal
C: ♪ Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might: Heaven and earth are full of
Your glory. Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who
comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
The Words of Institution
Pax Domini—The Peace of the Lord page 163 in the hymnal
P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C: ♪ Amen.
Agnus Dei – Lamb of God
C: ♪ Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.
Distribution of Communion
Distribution Hymn The Day of Resurrection LSB 478
Post Communion Canticle page 164 in the hymnal
C: ♪ Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell ev’ryone what He has done. Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name. He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.
Post Communion Thanksgiving
C: Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in this Holy Supper of forgiveness, life and peace. Keep us firm in the testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the enemies of the cross come to true faith by the witness of Your people, who, strengthened by Your grace, remain faithful throughout the days of our living on earth; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
P: Alleluia! Christ is risen!
C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P: Because Jesus is alive forevermore,
C: in Him we will live also!
P: 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.
Sending Song Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing LSB 475
P: Go in peace, serve the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.