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Second Sunday of Easter April 19, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter

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 The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio.

The gospel lesson for the 2nd Sunday of Easter every year is the story of Thomas, the one disciple who refused to believe the other disciples’ account of the resurrection without seeing it for himself. While the epistle tells of apostles who were filled with courage and the Holy Spirit as they proclaimed the story of Jesus in spite of opposition from the authorities. These disciples simply could not keep silent about their resurrected Lord. May we too be filled with wonder and awe while we yet struggle with doubt and fear.



Alleluia! Alleluia!

Hearts to heav'n and voices raise; sing to God a hymn of gladness, sing to God a hymn of praise: he who on the cross a victim for the world's salvation bled, Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, now is risen from the dead.

Christ is risen, Christ the first-fruits of the holy harvest field, which will all its full abundance at his second coming yield: then the golden ears of harvest will their heads before him wave, ripened by his glorious sunshine from the furrows of the grave.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Glory be to God on high; alleluia to the Savior, who has won the victory; alleluia to the Spirit, fount of love and sanctity. Alleluia! Alleluia to the Triune Majesty.


Pastor:              In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the

Holy Spirit.

People:        Amen.


Pastor:         If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

People:        But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.



Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.


Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.


Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.


Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.


Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.


Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.


Let us then confess our sins to God:


Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.


     Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son           to die for you and for His sake forgives you all          your sins. As a called and ordained servant of          Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive          you all your sins in the name of the Father                and  of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:      Amen.

RESPONSE: THIS IS THE FEAST This is the Feast of victory for our God Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Worthy is Christ the lamb who was slain,

 Whose blood set us free to be people of God.

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Power, riches, wisdom, and strength, and honor, blessing, and glory are His.

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation: Blessing, honor, glory, and might Be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

For the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign. Alleluia.

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

THE PRAYER OF THE DAY  (La Oración del Día) Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father. AMEN


     (After each reading:) Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God!

Acts 5:29-42 29

Peter and the other apostles replied, “We must obey God, not30 men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from death, after you had killed him by nailing him to a cross. 31God raised him to his right-hand side as Leader and Saviour, to give the people of Israel the opportunity to repent and have their sins forgiven. 32We are witnesses to these things—we and the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to those who obey him.” 33 When the members of the Council heard this, they were so furious that they wanted to have the apostles put to death. 34But one of them, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was a teacher of the Law and was highly respected by all the people, stood up in the Council. He ordered the apostles to be taken out for a while, 35and then he said to the Council, “Fellow-Israelites, be careful what you do to these men. 36You remember that Theudas appeared some time ago, claiming to be somebody great, and about four hundred men joined him. But he was killed, all his followers were scattered, and his movement died out. 37After that, Judas the Galilean appeared during the time of the census; he drew a crowd after him, but he also was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38And so in this case, I tell you, do not take any action against these men. Leave them alone! If what they have planned and done is of human origin, it will disappear, 39but if it comes from God, you cannot possibly defeat them. You could find yourselves fighting against God!” The Council followed Gamaliel’s advice. 40 They called the apostles in, had them whipped, and ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus; and then they set them free. 41As the apostles left the Council, they were happy, because God had considered them worthy to suffer disgrace for the sake of Jesus. 42And every day in the Temple and in people’s homes they continued to teach and preach the Good News about Jesus the Messiah.

1 Peter 1:3-9 3

Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope, 4 and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away. 5 They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God’s power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time. 6 Be glad about this, even though for a little while you may have had to suffer many kinds of trials. 7 These troubles come to show that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested and purified by fire; and so also your faith, which is much more precious than gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring much praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 You love him, although you have not seen him, and you believe in him, although you do not now see him. So you rejoice with a great and glorious joy which words cannot express, 9 because you are receiving the salvation of your souls, which is the purpose of your faith in him.

John 20:19-31   19

It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”  24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (called the Twin), was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”  Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”  26 A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then stretch out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!”  28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”  29 Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because you see me? Blessed are those who believe without seeing me!” 30 In his disciples’ presence Jesus performed many other miracles which are not written down in this book. 31 But these have been written in order that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through your faith in him you may have life.


    I believe in God, the Father Almighty maker of heaven and earth.

        And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.

     I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of  the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

SERMON HYMN: Cantad al Señor

Cantad al Señor, we sing Him a new song.  (3 veces)     ¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Porque el Señor ha hecho prodigios. (3 veces)     ¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Cantad al Señor, we praise Him with music.  (3 veces)     ¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Es él que nos da el Espíritu Santo.  (3 veces)     ¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Jesus is our Lord! ¡Amén, aleluya!  (3 veces)     ¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!





Padre Nuestro, que estás en el Cielo

   Santificado, santificado sea tu nombre

   Vénganos tu reino, Señor.  Hágase tu santa voluntad    En la tierra como en el Cielo se hace tu santa voluntad.    Padre nuestro.....

   Danos hoy, danoslo Señor, nuestro pan, el pan de cada día.

   Y perdona nuestras deudas así como nosotros perdonamos.    Padre nuestro.....

   No nos dejes caer en tentación, antes bien líbranos del mal.  No nos dejes caer en tentación, líbranos del mal.    Padre nuestro.....


Pastor: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you always. /  La gracia del Señor Jesucristo, el amor de Dios, y la comunión del Espíritu Santo sean con todos ustedes.

        People:      Amen

CLOSING HYMN: ALLELUIA! JESUS US RISEN! (#474) Alleluia! Jesus is risen!

Trumpets resounding in glorious light!

Splendor, the Lamb, heaven forever!

Oh, what a miracle God has in sight!

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!

Walking the way, Christ in the center, telling the story to open our eyes; breaking our bread, giving us glory:

Jesus, our blessing, our constant surprise.

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!

Jesus the vine, we are the branches; life in the Spirit the fruit of the tree; heaven to earth, Christ to the people, gift of the future now flowing to me.

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!

Weeping, be gone; sorrow be silent: death put asunder, and Easter is bright. Cherubim sing: "O grave, be open!"

Clothe us in wonder, adorn us in light.

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!

City of God, Easter forever, golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb, river of life, saints and archangels, sing with creation to God the I AM!

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!

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