The First Sunday After Easter

CALL TO WORSHIP: 
    It is the continuing Story of Easter that brings us together again on this day, for it is the Resurrection that makes us a Church of believers and provides us with the presence of the Spirit in our lives. We ask God to be with us during this time of worship, for although separate, we still gather in the name of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. 

The Day of Resurrection by Shelton Love from Beckenhorst Press
A PRAYER OF CONFESSION: 
    Lord our God, we confess that we do not always accept the     
    new growth within us.  Often we fail to see the beauty in this 
    world of ours.  Seldom do we recognize the love that is 
    offered to us each day.  We become too busy with our own 
    tasks and do not bother to see if they fit into your plans for 
    us.  Amid change, we become tentative and fearful, finding it 
    difficult to trust in your upholding presence.  We pray that 
    the reality of the Resurrection may bring us new life and 
    new meaning to our living.  We ask this in Christ’s name, 
    Amen. 
 
AN ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
    Let us hear the Good News! Christ calls us to new life and 
    enables us to begin again and again and again. We praise
    God for accepting us and for using our very human lives in 
    the continuously unfolding story of salvation and new life. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS:  
    John 20:19-31 
        (The testimony of Thomas, Easter night and week later)
    II Corinthians 5:17-18.
        (“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation!”)
    Hebrews 13:5-6.
        (“I will never leave your or forsake you!”)
Welcome and Scripture Readings
Mediation Thoughts

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We believe in one God, maker of heaven and earth and of all
things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the
only-begotten Son of God, who for us and our salvation, came 
down from Heaven and was crucified. The third day He rose
again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into Heaven,
and is sitting on the right hand of God. He shall come again to 
judge the living and the dead.  His Kingdom shall have no end.” 
      (Adapted from portions of the Nicene Creed of 325 AD)

A BENEDICTION TO TAKE WITH YOU 
The Lord says, “I have redeemed you. I have called you by name.
You are mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with
you.  When you walk through the fire, the flame will not consume 
you. For I am the Lord your God. I am your Savior.”
                               (Based on Isaiah 43:1-3.)