"The Hope of Easter Remains in the Face of Fear and Doubt"

Second Sunday of Easter - April 19, 2020

The entire order of service is found in this video. You can also see the printed portions below.

You can also see it on our Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/LivingSaviorAsheville/

 

 


Preparations for Worship:

  • Do your best to eliminate distractions like the phone, TV, etc.
  • Worship actively! Whether you are by yourself or with others, try reading the parts of the service aloud (responses, lessons, and prayers). Try singing along with the hymns.
  • This service is for children too. Help them participate. Ask those who have that ability to read a prayer or lesson aloud. Take a moment to describe what’s happening. Ask questions. Encourage little ones to draw what they are hearing while you all listen. Unlike our more typical Sunday worship at church, you can pause at any time for questions and discussion.
  • Pause for a moment of quiet meditation. Then pray:
    Heavenly Father, I have come to worship you. Draw near to me in your gracious Word, and assure me of your loving kindness. Curb my wandering thoughts, that with undivided attention I may hear your voice and speak your praise. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

INVOCATION & RESPONSES

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, 

and certain of what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1)

 

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION

As we come into the presence of God, we acknowledge that we have often been unsure about God’s promises and certain only of what we can see. For these and all our sins, let us confess to God. 

Lord of life, I confess that I am by nature dead in sin.
For faithless worrying and selfish pride, for sins of habit and sins of choice, for the evil I have done and the good I have failed to do, you should cast me away from your presence forever.
O Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Forgive me, for Jesus’ sake.

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 

After his resurrection, Christ commanded his church to proclaim the forgiveness of sins to one another and to all nations, promising his disciples that their words were as valid as his. Therefore it is by Christ’s command and with his authority that I say to you: In the name of Jesus,  your sins are forgiven. 

Christ is risen! 

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

SONG - “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” (CW 157; st. 1 & 3)

As sung by members of Living Savior. Join in!

 

Jesus Christ is ris’n today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

 

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!

Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!

Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!

Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

O risen Lord, you came to your disciples and took away their fears with your word of peace. Come to us also by Word and sacrament, and banish our fears with the comforting assurance of your abiding presence; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

EPISTLE LESSON - 1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

GOSPEL OF THE DAY - 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 Jewish leaders, 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’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

24 Now Thomas (also known as 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.”

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 performed many other 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 Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

SONG - “Immovable Our Hope Remains”  (st. 1-3)

As sung by members of Living Savior

Immovable our hope remains

Though shifting sands before us lie

The One who washed away our stains

Shall bear us safely to the skies

The floods may rise, the winds may beat

Torrential rains descend

Yet God His own will not forget

He'll love and keep us till the end

You'll love and keep us till the end.

 

This is eternal life: to know

The living God and Christ, the Son

The Savior will not let us go

Until His saving work is done

Our debt was great, as was our need

But now the price is paid

Who can behold Immanuel bleed

And doubt His willingness to save?

We trust Your willingness to save.

 

The Lord acquits, who can condemn?

Though Satan's accusations fly

His pow'r can never reach our names

To blot them from the Book of Life

The Son has surely made us free

His Word forever stands

And all our joy is knowing we

Are graven on His wounded hands.

We're graven on Your wounded hands.

 

MESSAGE

 

CONFESSION OF FAITH - The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

maker of heaven and earth.

I believe 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 again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

   and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.

From there 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.

 

OFFERING 

Offerings may be given on-line at LSavior.org/support, mailed to the church office, put into the offering plate if you come for private communion, or dropped off at the office during regular hours.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

God of mercy, keep us from the doubts and fears that cripple us and prevent us from knowing the fullness of your saving peace. Teach us to trust your Word and to believe with all our hearts. Give us strength in Jesus Christ, who was crucified for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

God of power, give courage to all who are experiencing hardships during these difficult days. As you refine our faith with all sorts of trials, make it more and more a genuine reliance on your promises. Give us joy as we look forward to receiving our heavenly inheritance.

Lord of the nations, bless us with wise, faithful, and just leaders. Guide them for the challenging decisions they must make. Teach us and all your people to respect those you have placed in positions of authority. Show us the way of love and of service to one another and to all people.

Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our quiet petitions.

Private prayers

Accept these and all our prayers for the sake of our living Savior, Jesus Christ, in whose name we also pray:

 

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.

 

BLESSING

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen. 
(2 Corinthians 13:14)

 

SONG - “Immovable Our Hope Remains”  (st. 4)

Built into Christ, secure we stand

For with His Spirit we've been sealed

By grace we'll see the promised land

Where every sorrow shall be healed

To God who gave His only Son

To Jesus Christ, our Lord

To God the Spirit, Three-in-one

Be songs of praise forevermore

We'll sing Your praise forevermore.