Second Sunday of Easter

We are still in the Easter season. We will continue to rejoice in the spirit of the Risen Christ. Peter reflects on the resurrection in his first letter by saying, “He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” What a glorious and promising hope we have through Jesus.

The scriptures for this Sunday are found here:
Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Order of Service

Call to Worship

Today our call to worship comes from Peter’s sermon in Acts 2: 

Come and praise Jesus of Nazareth, the true Son of God, who attested to mankind by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him. Although Jesus was handed over to the Jews according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, and was crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law, God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 

So let our hearts be glad, and let our tongues rejoice because through Jesus Christ we will live in hope. He has made known to us the ways of life; He will make us full of gladness with His presence. Come let us praise and glorify His name.

Songs

Come Praise and Glorify

Reading of the Scriptures

Psalm 16

Song

It Is Well

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. The profit and power we pursue ignores your presence and divides our communities. The fears and jealousies we harbor set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation. We confuse our identity as creatures made in your image and improperly demand entitlement rather than acknowledge our humble place before you, O God. 

Lord, have mercy upon us and heal our diseased and comprised hearts. Forgive us of our rebellion against your goodness and glory. And set us free to praise you and serve you as your church who are being sanctified and cleansed by your Spirit. Amen. 

Assurance of Pardon

Hear the Word of the Lord from 1 Peter 1:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Song

Stronger

The Word from Pastor Bob

Please take the time to look over the Order of Service for this Sunday and use it to prepare your minds and hearts to gather in the name of Jesus. A downloadable version of the this Order of Service is available for you here to open and use this Sunday to follow along. We will begin our liturgy this Sunday at 10:00am followed by our morning message from Pastor Scott. Additional music will follow for worship and reflection after the sermon.

If you would like to make yourself familiar with the music for this Sunday, you can find the songs listed in the Order of Service at the top of our Spotify playlist found here. Each week our playlist will be updated so that you can familiarize yourselves with the music.

We look forward to our time together this Sunday morning via Facebook Live from our Redeemer Church Facebook page.

Download your pdf version of the Order of Service here to follow along.