2nd Sunday of Easter
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER April 23, 2020
Trinity Lutheran Church
CALL TO WORSHIP - EASTER THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Just as God’s work of creation never ends, so the gifts received in baptism are renewed every day. Let us give thanks together for the life given in baptism.
We give you thanks, O God, for the waters of life: for water to bathe in, water to drink,
for waters to play in and waters that inspire wonder, for water that gives life to our planet.
We give you thanks, O God, for the waters of life.
We give you thanks, O God, for the waters of this place:
for water from our tap, for rain and snow, for Little Goose and Big Goose Creeks, for Tongue River and Lake Desmet.
We give you thanks, O God, for the waters of this place.
We give you thanks for your salvation through water:
for delivering Noah and his family through the floodwaters, for leading your people Israel through the sea into freedom,
for preserving your prophet Elijah through the time of drought, for guiding your people across the Jordan into a new land,
for quenching the Samaritan woman’s thirst with living water.
We give you thanks for your salvation through water.
We give you thanks for the life of all the baptized, and for all who gather here;
for godparents and baptismal sponsors, for children and grandchildren, for our brothers and sisters in Christ
whom we have never seen but to whom we are bound.
We give you thanks for the life of all the baptized.
We give you thanks for life in Christ through your Holy Spirit:
for our entry into Jesus’ death through these waters, for our new birth into a life of freedom and service,
for our calling to be your people, sent out for the life of the world.
We give you thanks, blessed and holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen.
GATHERING SONG “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
CHILDREN'S SERMON - Doubting Thomas - presented by the Trinity Sunday School (From a few years ago!)
THE EPISTLE LESSON: 1 Peter 1:3–9
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.
Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.
THE GOSPEL FOR THE DAY: John 20:19-31
The holy gospel according to Saint John. Glory to you, O 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. Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor Phil Wold
Hymn of the Day Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia
THE NICENE CREED
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
THE PEACE IS SHARED - The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.
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
May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead raise you to new life, fill you with hope, and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.
SENDING SONG “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia, alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!