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Second Sunday of Easter
April 23, 2017

My Lord and My God

"And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them,
Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
John 20:22





First Reading Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Acts 2:42-47
Psalm Psalm 16 Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Second Reading 1 Peter 1:3-9 First Peter 1:3-9
Gospel John 20:19-31 John 20:19-31


Our  first belief that Jesus is alive is based largely on the testimony of other people, whose witness we trust. 

1.  Doubts about the resurrection are not wholly unreasonable. 
2.  We are blessed because our faith has come without material proof through the loving testimony of people we trust. 
3.  Prevenient grace:  God supplies what is necessary to enable faith. 

Having trusted the testimony of someone else who knows Jesus, we enter into our own saving relationship with God, and become witnesses to other people of our own experiences in Christ.


Doubt Less

"Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."  - John 20:29b


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  • This is the Day the Lord Hath Made   A version of Psalm 118 by Isaac Wats.
  • When in the Night I Meditate   The 19212 Psalter version of Pslam 16. The tune is widely used and should be familiar (1562).
  • Rejoice, the Lord is King!   
  • All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name   
  • O Sons and Daughters, Let us Sing!   The Presybyterian Hymnal (No. 117) has an alternative set of stanzas to this Easter hymn explicitly for the Sunday after Easter
  • Because You Live, O Christ   Words by Shirley Erena Murray to 17th Century Dutch tune.
  • Christ is Alive   Words by Brian Wren. Familiar tune, "Truro."
  • Crown Him With Many Crowns
  •  I've Found a Friend
  • Pass Me Not
  • Breathe On Me
  • Only Believe (Daniel Paul Rader)
  • Only Trust Him   (John Hart Stockton)
  • Are You Washed   (Elisha Albright Hoffman)
  • Rock of Ages   (Augustus Montague Toplady)
  • Amazing Grace   (John Newton)
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    John 20:19-31

    19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
    20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.
    21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
    22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
    23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
    24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
    25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
    26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
    27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
    28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
    29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
    30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
    31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

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