April 16th 2023 – “Shut The Door Please!”

2023-04-16 "Shut the door please!" 11 AM

Dear friends, 

This Sunday the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk will be leading us in worship. 

This Sunday marks the Second Sunday of Easter.  Our gospel lesson is taken from John 20: 19-31.  After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, on the evening of the first day of the week (Sunday), the disciples silently gathered in a locked room, afraid that the Jewish authorities would come and kill them, just as Jesus was killed a few days before.  During this time, as the disciples were huddled together behind locked doors in fear and confusion, Jesus suddenly and miraculously appeared before them, and greeted them, “Peace be with you.”

There was a moment of shock and trepidation from His disciples as Luke 24: 37 records, “But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit.”  They couldn’t believe their eyes!  Jesus spoke to them again, and comforted them saying, “Peace be with you” for the second time (John 20: 21), and showed them His pierced hands, feet, and side.  He is truly risen!  As believers in Jesus, we too are recipients of the peace that He extends to His disciples.  Praise be to God! 

Order Of Service

Call to Worship
Hymn 258: “Thine be the glory” (vs 2 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 249: “Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord”
Responsive reading: Psalm 16
Gloria Patri
First Lesson: Acts 2: 22-32 (en français; English on the screen)
Second Lesson: 1 Peter 1: 3-9
The Gospel: John 20: 19-31
Sermon: “Shut the door please!”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 626: “Lord of all power” Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 746: “What a friend we have in Jesus” (vs 2 en français)
Go now in peace