Today’s Passage: John 20:19-31
Opening Prayer: Jesus is alive. Even though we did not witness His resurrection, as Christians, we believe he did arise from the dead. Now He lives in us and through us. Father God, may we feel the presence of Jesus as if He were standing before us now. May we find the peace that comes from knowing Him and being known by Him. May we be reassured that just as death had no claim on Jesus, it has no claim on us. Jesus is our living hope. Praise God! Amen.
Opening Song: Phil Wickham – Living Hope (Official Music Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “Believe Resurrection; Live Resurrection” – Second Sunday of Easter by Richard W. Voelz, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.
“Not long after I arrived at my last pastoral ministry, I was at a gathering for area clergy where I met a minister who told me had an interest in apologetics, that is proving and defending the Christian faith by logical, defensible proofs,” begins Richard W. Voelz. But Voelz says, “I have to be honest. I have no interest in proving the resurrection of Jesus. I wasn’t there. I don’t have a firsthand eyewitness account of the empty tomb or Jesus’ appearances after the crucifixion.” He says, “On my best days, I do believe that resurrection happened in some way, shape, or form. Even more than that, I believe resurrection because I see resurrection.” Today’s text, John 20:19-31, anticipates our search for resurrection. How do we see and live the resurrection? Listen as Voelz tells us how to make sure that our belief is never disconnected from resurrection living, so that others will see resurrection in us.
Closing Song: for KING & COUNTRY – “The Proof Of Your Love” (Official Music Video)
Closing Prayer: Father God, may it be obvious to others around us that we are living the resurrected life. We are new creations; we are loved by You and able to love others as Christ loves us. May You help us to spread the light and love of Christ into the darkest places of this world. I pray you will protect us from all harm as we seek to do your will in these places. Amen.
Epilogue: Robin Mark – When It’s All Been Said and Done with Lyrics