2nd Sunday of Easter

Community in Christ Lutheran Church

April 11th, 2021

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Prelude

Announcements

Thanksgiving for Baptism

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Refreshed by the resurrection life we share in Christ, let us give thanks for the gift of baptism. Water may be 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 church 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. Amen.

Hymn -                         "Christ Is Risen! Alleluia!"    ELW 382     

Greeting 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

Prayer

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.

Reading – Acts 4:32-35

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. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Reading - 1 John 1:1-2:2

1We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—2this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—3we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 2:1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Gospel – John 20:19-31

The Holy Gospel according to John, the 20th chapter.

Glory to you, O 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 our Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

              At this time in our service, ushers will approach your vehicle for the giving of our tithes and our offerings while we listen to the                   gift of music.

Hymn of the Day  & Offering -        "We Walk by Faith"    ELW 635

Offering Prayer

Let us pray. God of love, you call us beloved children and welcome us to your table. Receive our lives and the gifts we offer. Abide with us and send us in service to a suffering world; for the sake of your beloved Child, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Prayers of Intercession

Lord in your mercy, 

Hear our prayer

Sharing of the Peace

The Peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.

Instructions for Distribution of Communion 

Communion assistants will distribute communion to you at your vehicle using pre-packaged elements.

  • The wafer and juice will come to you in a plastic container.

  • There are 2 seals; 1 covering the wafer, 1 the wine; we recommend removing the seal on the wafer first.

  • The container and seals can be disposed of when you return home.

  • For non-communing children, we will be refraining from the touch that makes the sign of the cross on your forehead. When the communion assistants come around, please indicate if your child won’t be communing. A family member may make the sign of the cross on the child’s forehead while the communion assistant says a blessing and/or the communion assistant will have a cross sticker to give to the child to remember the mark of their baptism.

Holy Communion

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

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.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

Distribution of Communion & Special Music/Hymns

                             "By the Mark"        

                             "Give Me Jesus"

Post-Communion Blessing & Prayer

And now may the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ strengthen us and keep us in his grace. Amen.

Let us pray,

Wellspring of joy, through this meal you have put gladness in our hearts. Satisfy the hunger still around us, and send us as joyful witnesses,

that your love may bring joy to the hearts of all people, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Song  -            "Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing!"     ELW 389

Benediction & Dismissal

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.

The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace.

Amen.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Postlude

Adapted From Sundays and Seasons.com. SAS014958 Copyright 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. 

Calendar

 The Music Director will be on vacation from April 8-21

April 11th - 9 a.m. worship (parking lot); 10:30 a.m. (Sanctuary & Live-streamed)

April 13th - 10:30 a.m. Bible Study (Zoom); 2 p.m. Card Ministry (Spirit Center)

April 14th - 1:30 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry (Spirit Center)

April 18th - 9 a.m. worship (parking lot); 10:30 a.m. (Sanctuary & Live-Streamed)

 **Please review regathering safety protocols here.

 **Reservations are required

9a.m. register here

10:30 a.m. register here

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Community In Christ Church

7621 Norman Island Drive

Cornelius, NC 28031-8748

Phone: 704-892-0120

Fax: 704-892-5018

Email: cic@communityinchrist.net