Sunday, April 11 - Second Sunday of Easter, Year B

We welcome all who are seeking God's love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status.  We welcome all without regard to addiction, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, differently-abled or anything that too often divides us.

Our Unity is in Christ.

Serving today (THANK YOU) :

(AM) Lisa Lundgren

 

Serving Next Sunday :

(AM) Doris Molchanow

What you will need for Communion (optional & on Zoom Only):

  • Candle (light at beginning of the service)

  • Bread/Cracker 

  • Wine/Grape Juice (Juice/Water)

PRELUDE

ALL Please respond in the bold
(Pastor Danny) 

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! 

Making the sign of the cross…
We begin… in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

We are Bethany Lutheran Church and it is our Mission:  To be a welcoming community in faith, empowered by God within the life of Jesus Christ:  to love God and our neighbor, as ourselves.

 

The Lighting of the Three Lights 
We will light a light in the name of the Creator - 
God surrounding all, and we are a beloved image of our Creator.
We will light a light in the name of Jesus - 
God beside us, raised from death and welcoming us into eternal life.
We will light a light in the name of the Spirit - 
God within us, the very breath of God that we inhale deeply.

 

EASTER CELEBRATION HYMN - ELW 382 Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Vs 1&2

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Thanksgiving for Baptism
All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.
Hallelujah! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Hallelujah!
Refreshed by the resurrection life we share in Christ, let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.
We thank you, risen Christ, for these waters where you make us new,
leading us from death to life, from tears to joy.
We bless you, risen Christ, that your Spirit comes to us in the grace-filled waters of rebirth,
like rains to our thirsting earth, like streams that revive our souls,
like cups of cool water shared with strangers.

 

Breathe your peace on your people when we hide in fear.
Clothe us with your mercy and forgiveness.

 

Send us companions on our journey as we share your life.
Make us one, risen Christ. Cleanse our hearts.

 

Shower us with life. 

To you be given all praise, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God, now and forever. 

We receive your refreshing waters of forgiveness and peace. Amen.

Hymn of Praise : Setting Ten Glory Be to God in Heaven

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PRAYER OF THE DAY

(Assisting Minister) Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection. By the grace of Christ among us, enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

 

THE LIVING WORD

(Assisting Minister) Loving God, bless us as your Word enters through us: body, mind and spirit, open us to be empowered by your Spirit.

Hallelujah! Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Hallelujah!

 

Good Morning!  Our First Reading is from Acts Chapter 4 beginning with the 32nd verse:
32Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need

Word of God.  Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

 

We will read responsively Psalm 133; the congregation responding with the bold:

 1How good and how pleasant it is, when kindred live together in unity!
 2It is like fine oil upon the head, flowing down upon the beard,
  upon the beard of Aaron, flowing down upon the collar of his robe. R

How good and pleasant it is to live together in unity. (Ps. 133:1)
 3It is like the dew of Hermon flowing down upon the hills of Zion.
  For there the Lord has commanded the blessing: life forevermore. R

How good and pleasant it is to live together in unity. (Ps. 133:1)

 

Gospel Acclamation:

Hallelujah! Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Hallelujah!

The Holy Gospel according to John the 20th chapter

Glory to you O Lord.
The story of Easter continues as the risen Jesus appears to his disciples. His words to Thomas offer a blessing to all who entrust themselves in faith to the risen Lord.
19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

  24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
  26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

  30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ. 

THE SERMON by Pastor Danny

HYMN OF REFLECTION

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH 

As children of God, we affirm: 

That God, who is Love, created all and called it good, 

that God is present with all of creation, and that, in darkness and in light, 

God is faithful; therefore we, too, seek to be faithful. 

That Jesus came to show us Love with a human face, 

that he taught justice and reconciliation and suffered on our behalf, 

and that through his faithful example, he embodies hope; 

therefore we, too, seek to be people of justice, reconciliation, and hope. 

That the Holy Spirit guides and accompanies us, 

that this same Spirit offers wisdom and discernment, 

and that, when we are open, the Spirit can always find a way; 

therefore, we seek to be people filled with God’s Spirit: 

discerning, loving and transforming our world. Amen.

 

RESPONSIVE LITANY (inspired by Psalm 66) ~ written by Margaret D. McGee, and posted on In the Courtyard. www.inthecourtyard.com

(Assisting Minister)

O God, who made the world and everything in it, we pray with one voice, proclaiming your presence to all the earth. 

 

For skeptics and believers, for clergy high and low;

For those who seek God at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,

For all who search for life, come and listen:

And we will tell you what our God has done for us. 

We are alive in the spirit. We are saved through water. Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

 

For presidents and prime ministers, for bosses and wardens;

For those who set the course at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,

For all who wield power, come and listen: And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

We do not let fear rule us. We proclaim the hope that is in us. Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

 

For friends and lovers, for neighbors and strangers,

For those who eat bread at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,

For all who live in the world, come and listen: 

And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

In God, we live and move and have our being. From God, we have life and breath and all things. Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

 

For the sick and troubled, for the fearful and alone,

For those in pain at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,

For our homebound, also for: Betty Jane, Valerie, Ruth, Amelia Grace, Frank, Deb, Tom, Dan, Giana, Holly, the Lima and Rodriguez Family*, and for all Families Grieving… help us support our Bishops - Eaton and Davenport and hold up our Dean Goodrich and Pastor Danny...

For all who suffer, come and listen: And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

Our prayers are not rejected. Our souls are held in life. In truth, our God has heard us,

and love is not withheld. Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

 

For those kept in memory, for those long forgotten,

For all who ever took the breath of life at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,

For the dead and those who mourn them, come and listen:

And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

We are blessed by your presence. We are filled with the Spirit. Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

 

God of heaven and earth, Companion in life, Spirit of truth, to you alone we turn our eyes and lift our hearts. Amen

 

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES

 (The giving of our offerings to God, is an act of worship. The giving of time (volunteer), talents (help others with what you like to do) and treasures (financial and/ or material support), are some of the ways we express our generosity and hospitality towards each other, and the surrounding community.)

If you can give, please go to our website https://bethany-lutheran.net and click on the “donate” button at the top of the screen.

Or mail a check to Bethany Lutheran Church, 401 Martin St. Philadelphia PA, 19128

For those in the Yard there is a wooden box at the altar for offerings.

DIALOGUE OF THE DISCIPLES

 

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! 

Lift up your hearts.  We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, for the glorious resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, the true Paschal Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin; who in dying has destroyed death, and in rising has brought us to eternal life. And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 

The Sanctus - Setting Ten Holy Holy Holy

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PRAYER JESUS TAUGHT US 

Let us pray as Jesus taught us, 

Lifting arms/hands in Orans position:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

 

COMMUNION PRAYER

On the night Jesus was betrayed, he gathered with his disciples, his friends, and his family, around the table, He took bread, (all lifting the bread) gave thanks and blessed it +, he broke it and gave it his disciples saying; Take and eat, this is my body broken for you.  

Do this in remembrance of me.

Come Holy Spirit, bless this bread and open us to receive the body of Jesus Christ. 

This IS the body of Christ, given for you. All partake of the bread.  

 

In the same way he took the cup (all lifting the cup) He gave thanks and blessed it +, Giving it to his disciples saying; Take and drink, this is the new covenant in my blood Shed for you and all people for the forgiveness of sins, Do this in remembrance of me.

Come Holy Spirit, bless this fruit of the vine and open us to receive the blood of Jesus Christ. 

This IS the blood of Christ shed for you. All partake of the cup.  

 

AFTER COMMUNION BLESSING & AFTER COMMUNION PRAYER

The body and blood of Jesus, strengthen you and keep you always in his grace. 

 

(Assisting Minister)

Living God, you have greeted us in our brokenness and nourished us with the body of Christ, broken for us.  Risen to new life with you, send us now to bear your healing love into the wounded world, in the name of our risen Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

BLESSING FOR OUR JOURNEY – Turn to one another and say…

May God bless you and protect you.  

May God smile on you and be gracious to you. 

May God show you favor and give you peace.  

(Numbers 6:24-26 NLT) 

 

Beloved, receive your blessing from God:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son +, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

SENDING HYMN - ELW 382 Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Vs 3&4

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SENDING INTO COMMUNITY TO ANNOUNCE GOD’S LOVE FOR ALL

(Assisting Minister) YOU are the body of Christ raised up for the world.

Go in peace. Share the good news. Hallelujah!  Christ is Risen!

Thanks be to God. He is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah!

 

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