East Jewett & Kaaterskill UMC

A spirited community, sharing God’s grace.

2nd  Sunday of Easter

April 19, 2020

 

 

 

** Please, keep your phone mute unless you speak.

 

PRELUDE                                                                                                                     Chris Pierce

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Know this:

Jesus was a man sent by God.

Listen carefully to these words:

God raised Jesus from the dead!

Know this:

We are witnesses to God’s power.

Listen carefully to these words:

God frees us from death.

Come and worship the God who never abandons us.

We worship with hearts full of joy.

 

OPENING PRAYER

Loving God, you are our refuge and our hope.  You instruct us in your truth and teach us in your truth and teach us the ways that lead to life.  Through your Son, Jesus, we inherit the abundance of your grace.  Even when the way is difficult, even when we struggle, you are with us.  Speak your word of peace to our hearts, that we too many proclaim Jesus as Lord.  Amen.

 

PSALM READING

Psalm 16

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight.

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.

I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.

For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.

You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 

GOSPEL READING                                                                                                 John 20:19-31

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.                                                                                       

 

SERMON

 

HYMN                                                  Christ Has Risen                                            TFWS 2115

 

  1. 1 Christ has risen while earth slumbers,

Christ has risen where hope died,

as he said and as he promised, as we doubted and denied. 

Let the moon embrace the blessing;

let the sun sustain the cheer;

let the world confirm the rumor:

Christ is risen, God is here!

 

  1. 4 Christ has risen and forever lives

to challenge and to change

all whose lives are messed or mangled,

all who find religion strange. 

Christ is risen, Christ is present

making us what he has been evidence of transformation

in which God is known and seen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE  { Lord, in your mercy….Hear our prayers}

 

  1. For our churches and the ongoing ministries here, especially Food Pantry. May God grant us wisdom, discernment, and grace at this time. Prayers especially for our shut ins and homebound individuals. 2. For the medical professionals and first responders in our community. 3. For the leaders of the nation and the church and their discernment. 4. Cathy Martino and her family (Cathy’s father passed away on April 13).  5. For people, who lost their loved ones by COVID-19.  6. Please, add your prayers …

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

OUR LORD’S PRAYER ~ Together, we pray…

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. Amen.

 

OFFERING OF OURSELVES & OUR GIFTS                                           2 Corinthians 9:6 – 11

OFFERING PRAYER

 

O God, as we celebrate your Easter miracle of bringing life out of death, we express our gratitude and joy for the new life budding within us and all around us.  Bless the gifts we offer you this day, that they may bring hope and new life to a world that struggles with this COVID-19 pandemic.  Amen.

 

HYMN                                                      Because He Lives                                            UMH 364

 

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives

 

BENEDICTION

 

Through Christ, God has given us a new birth into a living hope. Christ is among us now and forever.  Rejoice, therefore, even if for a while we suffer various trials.  For life is stronger than death, love is stronger than hate, joy is stronger than sorrow, and the promises of God are sure.  Peace be with you.  Peace be with you always.