Online Worship – April 18th/19th, 2020

Welcome!

Thank you for joining us for Online Worship this week. Check out this image for tips on how to get the most out of this experience – then, when you’re ready, scroll on down to get started! Once you’ve finished with the first video, scroll on down to the next one. May God guide you through a blessed worship experience today.

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Welcome and Invocation

Opening Song: Open the Eyes of My Heart

Open the eyes of my heart Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You

To see You high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy holy holy

Holy holy holy
Holy holy holy
Holy holy holy
I want to see You

Puppet Show

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them 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 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending 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 withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although 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, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Sermon

Message text: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Response to the Message – Nicene Creed

Say this together as a family!

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Offering

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Prayer of the Church

Benediction

Postlude

Thanks to Alyssa Kenny and her friends at West Chester University, PA for providing the postlude music, “Thine is the Glory.”

Thank you so much for joining us! God bless you!

12 Comments

  1. Lori Mahoney

    Thank you for bringing the message to our homes. Don’t want to miss church, as I need to be reminded of God’s love, grace and peace. Thank you for all the effort to make this possible.

  2. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    Thank you all again for bringing Easter joy into our home. Just seeing you all was an Easter miracle. Listening to and singing along with Alyssa Kenny and her musician friends was an unexpected surprise. May our Father continue to touch all of us with certain Easter hope and joy as we live in these uncertain times.

  3. Deb Whalen

    Puppet show and opening song for it was great. Looking forward to another one next week. Thank you for the words Of the hymns while we watch those sing. Ty Pastor, Carol, Christine, Ryan and everyone involved. God Bless our Church.

  4. Maria Honnold

    Enjoyed the sermon as it gives me new hope. Love the puppet show and the kids being able to connect. Thanks Pastor Neil and “Ms Carol”. Peace be with you. All✝️

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