200 – 761 CARDERO ST. (cross street Robson)
Worship Service begins at 6:30 pm — Sunday evening
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Rev. Michel Amyotte — Pastor
We believe in inclusiveness and so if there are gender words which make you uncomfortable change them so that you may worship untroubled.
Welcome and Announcements
CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: Rejoice, friends, for the Lord has called us here.
ALL: We come joyfully, for we have heard the good news of Jesus’ resurrection.
ONE: Open your spirits to receive all God’s blessings.
ALL: May God shower blessings upon us so that we may in turn
bless God by our service.
Generous God, we thank you for your presence with us in all our lives. As we gather this evening we are reminded of the many times we have doubted and feared. Today banish our fears with the memory of the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. Remind us again that through all our troubles, doubts, and fears, your power, mercy and love are with us. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Even though we have come through the joy of Easter and the triumphant Easter songs, yet we doubt, Lord. Like Thomas who walked the Judean countryside with Jesus, we still have trouble believing in the resurrection of Jesus. We easily slip back into the darkness of doubts. We move the joy of Easter into the past and continue in a downward path to confusion. Shine your bright light of joy upon us. Lighten our dark path. Help us to believe, even though we have not seen you, touched your hands and side. Help us to proclaim Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Do not fear, dear friends. Jesus is among us, offering us new life and hope. Nothing can prevent God’s love for us. Rejoice, for you have been made new in Christ. Amen.
OPENING HYMN: WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS
OUR FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS 1: 14A, 22 – 32
14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women,. 22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” 23So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.
OUR SECOND LESSON IS TAKEN FROM 1PETER 1: 3 – 9
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
OUR GOSPEL IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF JOHN 20: 19 – 31
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.
ONE: you have heard a word from God
ALL: praise be to you Lord Jesus
HYMN OF RESPONSE: TO GOD BE THE GLORY
COMMUNION HYMN: YOU SATISFY THE HUNGRY HEART
OFFERING OF THE PEOPLE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
ONE: The Lord our God be with you
ALL: And also with you
Our Father/Mother (Creator) 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, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
PRAYER AFTER DISTRIBUTION
CLOSING HYMN: LOVE DIVINE, ALL LOVES EXCELLING
We praise God that you were able to join us for worship this evening. Our prayer always is that some part of this experience touched your heart and soul in some way. If you would like to be part of our ministry you may send a tax receipt donation to the address listed above.
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