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Today's

theme:

You may

believe, too!

 

 

 

 

The collect for for the first Sunday after Easter:

Risen Christ,
for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father. 

 

Please click below for today's introduction, by Rev Debra Blair:

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Here's a traditional hymn of praise for Jesus' resurrection:

 

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Today's Gospel is John 20: 19-end:

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.

 

Today's Message is from Joyce Gardner, reader emeritus:

What is it you need from God’s word to you right now? Different perspectives are thrown up every time we look at it, even in such a familiar story as this. It speaks to us in our present need and sheds light into dark places – the light that only Jesus brings. He is the Word.
The gathered disciples, locked in and fearful, needed so much. They were afraid of the Jews, afraid for their lives, afraid of unknown dangers, surrounded by rumours, unnerved by the empty tomb, with no leader, none to trust. Their world, their hopes, which in any case were based on wrong expectations, had crashed.
And then - but how and when? He was there, standing and speaking peace – the One whose mission was to save and heal, to bring new sight and hearing, to bind up the broken hearted. Where he was there was freedom, and empowerment, everything they needed. In him was release, reassurance, joy.
Nothing had changed materially. When Thomas arrived later, they were still locked in, still aware of the dangers, but everything had changed. For Thomas, oddly enough not for Peter yet, there was a special word. Thomas, like so many of us, wanted more. His hurt was deep; his distrust was stronger. He needed to touch and feel the reality for himself. He had been out and about and came freshly into their revelation.
We can remind ourselves of John`s first letter, ‘What we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have handled, this we proclaim.’
It is through the disciples in their weakness and fear, and through Thomas, left in a week of nagging doubt, that we can see Jesus’ forgiveness, his grace and generosity, his mercy and his careful tenderness at work. Here we can find our own questions answered and know his transforming power in our lives.
For them as for us, this news, this revelation, was not to be kept hidden. It was to be spread abroad, shared. Jesus said to them and to us – ‘Peace be with you’. It is the peace which we have in Him. ‘As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.’
John tells us, ‘These things have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life in his name.’

 

Here's a song that expresses our praise to Jesus for his death for us and also for his triumph over death:

 

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Please click below for today's prayers: 

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THE LORD'S PRAYER 

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

 

And here's a song that expresses all the things that Jesus' death and resurrection mean:

 

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Please click below for the conclusion to our worship:

 

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