April 7th 2024 -“When Fear seems greater than our faith”

Dear friends,

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk will be leading us in worship.

HE IS RISEN INDEED!  What a wonderful worship service we had last week, celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour.  We extend our gratitude to our director of music, Henry Cobb Howes, special trumpeter Daniel Howells, and our choir for their outstanding musical performances during the Easter service.  As we journey through this week, may we always keep our eyes fixed on the risen and living Christ.

OUR GOSPEL READING is John 20: 19-31, “Jesus Appears to the Disciples”.  The passage recounts Jesus appearing to his disciples after his resurrection.  Initially, Thomas, one of the disciples, doubts that Jesus has truly risen until he sees him and touches his wounds.  This event emphasizes the importance of faith and serves as a testament to Jesus’ bodily resurrection.  One commentator notes, “Jesus responded to Thomas with a blessing on those who would believe in his resurrection without seeing Jesus’ physical, resurrected body (verse 29).  This was probably not a rebuke of Thomas for needing evidence to believe.  More likely, Jesus was signaling that those who believe in him without seeing his physical, resurrected body are just as blessed as Thomas and the other disciples who did see it.  We who believe in Jesus based on the apostolic testimony are not lesser disciples than those who saw him in the flesh.”

EVERYONE IS INVITED to join us downstairs after the service on Sunday to enjoy coffee, cookies and conversation.

Order of Service

Call to Worship
Hymn 248: “At the dawning of salvation”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 260: “Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the living Lord”
Psalm 133
Gloria Patri
First Lesson: Acts 4: 32-36 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
Second Lesson: 1 John 1:1 – 2:2
The Gospel – John 20: 19-31
Sermon: “When fear seems greater than our faith!”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn: “Be still for the presence of the Lord” (vs 2 en français)
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 250: “Lord of the dance”
Go now in peace