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The  Second Sunday After Easter 

April 19, 2020 

89.3 FM 




April 19, 2020

Acts 5:29–42

1 Peter 1:3–9

John 20:19–31

Christ Jesus Breathes His Spirit and His Life into Us by the Ministry of the Gospel

The crucified and risen Lord Jesus establishes the ministry of the Gospel in order to bestow His life-giving Holy Spirit and His peace upon the Church.  To those who are called and ordained to this office, and to those they serve in His name, He grants the Holy Absolution of all sins. By the fruits of His cross, He replaces fear and doubt with peace and joy, and thus gives “repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31).  Through the preaching of His sent ones, He calls us to believe that He “is the Christ, the Son of God,” so that by such faith we “may have life in his name” (John 20:31).  In His resurrection, we have the “living hope” to which we have been “born again” and by which we are guarded “for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3, 5).  Until then, “though you have not seen him, you love him,” and by the mercies of God “you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory” (1 Peter 1:8).

[LCMS – Lectionary Summary –https://www.LCMS.org/lectionary summaries]




1 Peter 1:3b-4 – “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.”  We have waiting for us an inheritance – a treasure gathered where moth and rust do not destroy.  That should change our perspective on the treasures of this earth.  They are fleeting; they come and go.  But we can use the treasures of this earth for the work of the Kingdom that will not fade away.

[LCMS – Stewardship Bulletin Sentences – https://LCMS.org/blogs.lcms/org/April  2020]


Hymn of Invocation:  O Sons and Daughters of the King                                                    LSB 470 

6 “My piercèd side, O Thomas, see,
And look upon My hands, My feet;
Not faithless but believing be.”
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

7 No longer Thomas then denied;
He saw the feet, the hands, the side;
“You are my Lord and God!” he cried.
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

8 How blest are they who have not seen
And yet whose faith has constant been,
For they eternal life shall win.
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

9 On this most holy day of days
Be laud and jubilee and praise:
To God your hearts and voices raise.
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.


P Beloved in the Lord!  Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.


P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment.  But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.


Introit                                                                                        Psalm 148 (antiphon: v. 13)

  P Let them praise the name of the LORD,

  for his name alone is exalted;

  his majesty is above earth and heaven.

  C Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD from the heavens;

  praise him in the heights!

  P Praise him, all his angels;

praise him, all his hosts!

  C Praise him, sun and moon,

  praise him, all you shining stars!

  P Praise him, you highest heavens,

  and you waters above the heavens!

  C Let them praise the name of the LORD!

  For he commanded and they were created.

  P And he established them forever and ever;

  he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

  C Praise the LORD from the earth,

  you great sea creatures and all deeps,

  P fire and hail, snow and mist,

  stormy wind fulfilling his word!

  C Mountains and all hills,

  fruit trees and all cedars!

  P Beasts and all livestock,

  creeping things and flying birds!

  C Kings of the earth and all peoples,

  princes and all rulers of the earth!

  P Young men and maidens together,

  old men and children!

  C Let them praise the name of the LORD,

  for his name alone is exalted;

  his majesty is above earth and heaven.

  P He has raised up a horn for his people,

  praise for all his saints,

  for the people of Israel who are near to him. 

Praise the LORD!

  A Glory be to the Father and to the Son

  and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

  is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

  P Let them praise the name of the LORD,

  for his name alone is exalted;

  his majesty is above earth and heaven.


Gloria in Excelsis

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.


P Let us pray.

Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

First Reading                                                                                                                        Acts 5:29–42

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.  The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.  God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.  And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.  But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while.  And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him.  He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them.  You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle                                                                                                                                 1 Peter 1:3–9

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.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.


Alleluia.  Alleluia. Alleluia.

Holy Gospel                                                                                                                                     John 20:19-31

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth chapter.  

C Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”

Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.”  But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.  Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side.  Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

    P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise be to Thee, O Christ.                                                                                

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,

     the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth

          and of all things visible and invisible.


And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

     the only-begotten Son of God,

     begotten of His Father before all worlds,                                                           

     God of God, Light of Light,

     very God of very God,

     begotten, not made,

     being of one substance with the Father,

     by whom all things were made;

     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

     and was made man;

     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.                                            

     He suffered and was buried.

     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

          and ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of the Father.

     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the  dead,

     whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the Lord and giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

     and I look for the resurrection of the dead

     and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

Hymn of the Day:   I Know That My Redeemer Lives                                          LSB 461 

5 He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.

6 He lives, my kind, wise, heav’nly friend;
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

7 He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.

8 He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same;
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!

P Grace, Mercy, and Peace be unto you from God our Father, and our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. 

C Amen. 


P The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

C Amen.



Prayer of the Church


   Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church!   We rejoice that you have joined us for worship.  Today we will

be celebrating the Sacrament of the Altar.  Please take a moment to read about our practice.


If you are not a confirmed member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) we would ask that you

not partake of the Sacrament of the Altar (communion).  


We also desire greatly that you might become a part of our common public confession and fellowship.  We 

We invite you to speak to our Pastor or an Elder and to be part of our “What Do We Believe” Bible series, 

which begins twice annually.  Thank you again for joining us, and we hope to see you more often.


P The Lord be with you. 

C And also with you.   

P Lift up your hearts. 

C We lift them to the Lord. 

P Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God. 

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.  

P It is truly meet, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God.  And most especially are we bound to praise You on this day for the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the very Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us and bore the sins of the world.  By His dying He has destroyed death, and by His rising again He has restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, and with all the witnesses of the resurrection, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

 C  Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth; 

 P  heaven and earth are full of Your glory. 

 C  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. 

 P  Blessed is He, 

 C  blessed is He, 

ALL:  blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord. 

 C  Hosanna, 

 P  hosanna, 

ALL:  hosanna in the highest. 


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.


Words of Institution

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you.  This do in remembrance of Me.”                                                                                                                                     


In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”                                                                              

P The Peace of the LORD be with you always. 

C Amen.


The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

The Lord lift up His Countenance upon you and T give you peace in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Distribution Hymns:  

You will be directed to drive up for Communion.  If you do not wish to take communion, please cross your arms as

you come to Pastor and the Elder and your care will continue through the line.   

Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain                                                                                                     LSB 487 

5 Alleluia! Now we cry
    To our King immortal,
Who, triumphant, burst the bars
    Of the tomb’s dark portal.
Come, you faithful, raise the strain
    Of triumphant gladness!
God has brought His Israel
    Into joy from sadness!

Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide                                                                                                            LSB 585 

5 Restrain, O Lord, the human pride
That seeks to thrust Your truth aside
Or with some man-made thoughts or things
Would dim the words Your Spirit sings.

6 Stay with us, Lord, and keep us true;
Preserve our faith our whole life through—
Your Word alone our heart’s defense,
The Church’s glorious confidence.

Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise                                                                                            LSB 917 

Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands                                                                                    LSB 458 

5 Here our true Paschal Lamb we see,
    Whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursèd tree—
    So strong His love—to save us.
See, His blood now marks our door;
Faith points to it; death passes o’er,
    And Satan cannot harm us.

6 So let us keep the festival
    To which the Lord invites us;
Christ is Himself the joy of all,
    The sun that warms and lights us.
Now His grace to us imparts
Eternal sunshine to our hearts;
    The night of sin is ended.


7 Then let us feast this Easter Day
    On Christ, the bread of heaven;
The Word of grace has purged away
    The old and evil leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed;
He is our meat and drink indeed;
    Faith lives upon no other!

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