God’s Resurrection Word is Written For You

God’s Resurrection Word is Written For You

The Sermon: John 20: 19-31

19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again,“Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your handhere,and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.  (NKJV)

God’s Resurrection Word is Written For You

  1. To know Jesus Really Rose From The Dead.
  2. To Have God’s Peace Now.
  3. To Know How God uses His Church To Preach Repentance And Proclaim Forgiveness.
  4. To Believe And Have Life Everlasting

Listen to the sermon:

These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.  John 20:31

Second Sunday of Easter

April 27, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

The Invocational Prayer

Opening Hymn TLH 201 (V 1-3): Jesus Lives! The Victory's Won Hymnary.org link

The Responsive Easter Reading

P: O Lord God, our Strength, our Song and our Salvation, You fulfilled Your promises by the resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead.

C: Thanks be to God! You give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

P: Lord, we do not deserve Easter, for we have sinned. Yet, in Your compassion You sent Christ, the Good Shepherd, Who laid down His life for the sheep and atoned for our sins.

C: Forgive us for Christ’s sake. Drive out all doubt and gloom that we may delight in your glorious triumph.

P: Lift our eyes heavenward to see Him Who lives to make intercession for the saints, and grant us confidence in the greatness of His power. Keep before us the vision of Your redeemed people standing before Your throne and singing the song of victory.

C: Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain to receive wisdom and power and honor and glory and praise.

P: Make us instruments of Your peace as we bring the Gospel of hope and new life to those around us. Guide us in the use of all that You have entrusted to us: our time, our talents, and our treasures.

C: Risen Lord, live in us that we may live in You.

P: Merciful Lord Jesus, grant healing to the sick, and strengthen the faith of the suffering and dying. Assure them of Your abiding presence, and comfort them with the hope of eternal life. Gracious Father, You have restored to us the joy of Your salvation. With happy hearts we come before You and say:

C: Alleluia! Thanks be to God! Amen.

TLH 201 v4-5: Jesus Lives! The Victory's Won Hymnary.org link

4. Jesus lives! I know full well  Naught from me His love shall sever;
Life nor death nor powers of hell  Part me now from Christ forever.
God will be a sure Defense;  This shall be my confidence.

5. Jesus lives! and now is death  But the gate of life immortal;
This shall calm my trembling breath  When I pass its gloomy portal.
Faith shall cry, as fails each sense,  Jesus is my confidence! 

The Epistle Reading – 1 Peter 1: 3-9

The Resurrection of Christ wonderfully links God’s presence, power and purposes throughout our faith-life with its glorious eternal outcome – the salvation of our souls and our eternal inheritance in heaven.

The Gospel Reading – Acts 2: 14a, 22-32

The heart of David’s prophecy, Peter’s Pentecost message and of our Gospel message and ministry is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He alone effects and proclaims forgiveness, peace with God and eternal hope.

The Apostles Creed (Page 12 in Hymnal)

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 Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn TLH 208 (V 4-9): Ye Sons and Daughters of the King Hymnary.org link

The Sermon….………………………………………… John 20: 19-31

19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again,“Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain thesinsof any, they are retained.” 24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your handhere,and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.  (NKJV)

God’s Resurrection Word is Written For You

  1. To know Jesus Really Rose From The Dead.
  2. To Have God’s Peace Now.
  3. To Know How God uses His Church To Preach Repentance And Proclaim Forgiveness.
  4. To Believe And Have Life Everlasting

“Create In Me” (Page 12 in Hymnal)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.

TLH 377 (V 1,7,9-10): Salvation unto us has Come Hymnary.org link

The Offering

Choir Anthem – “Worthy Is The Lamb” (From Handel’s Messiah)

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. Blessing, and honor, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen.

This moving and majestic climax of Handel’s Lenten and Easter “Messiah” sections declares the Lamb now and forever “worthy” of all praise and glory from the redeemed and all the inhabitants of heaven.

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.

The Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing TLH 189 : He is Arisen! Glorious Word! Hymnary.org link

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