2 That night the apostles met in fear; amidst them came their Lord most dear, and said, “My peace be on all here.” Alleluia!
3 When Thomas first the tidings heard, how they had seen the risen Lord, he doubted the disciples’ word. Alleluia!
4 “My piercèd side, O Thomas, see; my hands, my feet, I show to thee; not faithless, but believing be.” Alleluia!
5 No longer Thomas then denied, he saw the feet, the hands, the side; “Thou art my Lord and God,” he cried. Alleluia!
6 How blest are they who have not seen, and yet whose faith has constant been, for they eternal life shall win. Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Words: Att. Jean Tisserand (15th cent.); tr. John Mason Neale (1818-1866); Music: O filii et filiae, melody from Airs sur les hymnes sacrez, odes et noëls, 1623; acc. Richard Proulx (b. 1937)
The Invitatory and Psalter
Preces Anthony Piccolo (b. 1946)
O God, make speed to save usO Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Praise ye the Lord.The Lord’s name be praised.
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death that he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia. — 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
Here ends the Lesson. Thanks be to God.
2 His risen flesh with radiance glowed; his wounded hands and feet he showed; those scars their solemn witness gave that Christ was risen from the grave.
3 O Jesus, King of gentleness, do thou thyself our hearts possess that we may give thee all our days the willing tribute of our praise.
4 O Lord of all, with us abide in this our joyful Eastertide; from every weapon death can wield thine own redeemed for ever shield.
5 All praise, O risen Lord, we give to thee, who, dead, again dost live; to God the Father equal praise, and God the Holy Ghost, we raise.
Words: Latin, 5th cent.; ver. Hymnal 1940; Music: Puer nobis, melody from Trier MS., 15th cent.; adapt. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621); harm. Hymns Ancient and Modern, Revised, 1950; alt. acc. John F. Erickson (b. 1938)
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 authorities, 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.
Here ends the Lesson. Thanks be to God.
Sermon The Rev. Jason Cox
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Welcome & Announcements
The Lord's Prayer Anthony Piccolo
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
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. Amen.
Responses O Lord, show thy mercy upon us. And grant us thy salvation.O Lord save the State. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.Endue thy ministers with righteousness. And make thy chosen people joyful.O Lord save thy people. And bless thine inheritance.Give peace in our time, O Lord. Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.O God, make clean our hearts within us. And take not the Holy Spirit from us.
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Anthem Peace to You Robert Pearsall (1795-1856)
Intercessions and Thanksgivings
Those in long-term care and concern: Peggy McCurdy, Coleman Burke, Marcy Maloy, Donna Ellis, Jim, Antonia, Bob Johnson, Ross Madden, Andrew Romanoff, Sandra Mazur, Patricia Vivado and Janet Clyne, Bob Glass, Ismet Üner, Mary Peirce, Ron, Roberta D’Anneo, the Belmonte Family, Marjorie Pettyjohn, and Jackelyn Obando
We pray for those who have died and for comfort for their families:
We pray in thanksgiving:
When Birthdays are celebrated: Watch over your children, O Lord, as their days increase. Bless and guide them wherever they may be. Strengthen them when they stand, comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful, raise them up if they fall. And in their hearts may your peace, which passes all understanding, abide all the days of their lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.