2nd Sunday of Easter, 23 Apr – John 20:19-31 ~ sent to serve and save

Second Sunday of Easter

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, you gather your people on the Lord’s Day to celebrate the One who is the First and the Last, the living One who conquered death. Grant us the strength of your Spirit so that, having broken the chains of evil, calmed our fears and indecision, we may render the free service of our obedience and love, and reign in glory with Christ.
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Reading: John 20:19-31 (NLT)

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

Purpose of the Book

The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.
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Reflection & Prayer:

Lord God: I believe that Jesus is the Messiah, your Son, and that through him I will have life, now and forever, by the power of his name.

“As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”

  • Thank you for including even me in your commission to bring the Good News of the Gospel to the whole world.
  • Show me how I can bring the Good News of the Gospel to the people right here in my neighborhood.

“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven.
If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

  • Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.
  • As freely as I have received your forgiveness, may I freely give that same forgiveness to others.

“Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

  • Give me a servant’s heart and a willing spirit to respond to the needs of the people around me.
  • Make me a credible witness to the saving, transforming, power in the name of Jesus.

Lord God: strengthen me by the power of your Spirit that I may join you in your mission to serve and save the world. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, in unity with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Soli Deo gloria!
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“Come As You Are” – David Crowder


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Concluding Prayer

I thank you Jesus, my Lord and my God,

  • that you have loved me and called me, made me worthy to be your disciple,
  • that you have given me the Spirit, the One sent to proclaim and witness to your resurrection, to the mercy of the Father, to salvation and pardon for all men and women in the world.

You truly are the way, the truth and the life, the dawn without a setting, the sun of justice and peace.

  • Grant that I may dwell in your love, bound to you like a branch to its vine.
  • Grant me your peace so that I may overcome my weaknesses, face my doubts and respond to your call and live fully the mission you entrusted to me, praising you forever.

You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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