WORSHIP@HOME

April 19, 2020 • 2nd Sunday of Easter
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Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Opening Song

Greeting

Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
The response is: Blessed be God forever.

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family to continue the Easter celebration,
remembering how Jesus rose from the dead to be with us again.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Sprinkling Rite

Leader: God has given us new birth by water and the Holy Spirit.
May we stay faithful to Jesus for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: Gracious God,
By raising Jesus from the dead you conquered death.
Hear us as we ask your blessing
for all those who are sick and suffering in our world today.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading

Reader 1: After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, the early Christians became a little church community. They gathered every week to “break bread” (celebrate the Eucharist) and to remember together the things Jesus had taught them. They were different from the people around them, and their neighbors noticed! People would say, “See how these Christians love one another.” Our first reading describes some of the special things they did. A reading from the book of Acts.

Reader 1: They spent their time learning from the apostles, and they were like family to each other.
They also broke bread and prayed together.
Everyone was amazed by the many miracles and wonders that the apostles worked.
All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had.
They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it.
Day after day they met together in the temple.
They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely, while praising God.
Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved.

Reader 1: They devoted themselves
to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life,
to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone,
and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
All who believed were together and had all things in common;
they would sell their property and possessions
and divide them among all according to each one’s need.
Every day they devoted themselves
to meeting together in the temple area
and to breaking bread in their homes.
They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart,
praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.
And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Reader 1: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Reflection

Reader 1: Let’s name some of the special things the early Christians did because they believed in Jesus.

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 2: We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of John.

Reader 2: [1] After Jesus was crucified, his disciples were afraid.
They hid in a locked room.
They were afraid the soldiers would come for them too.
[2] Jesus suddenly appeared and stood among them. [3] "Peace be with you," he said.
[4] He then showed them his hands and his side.
[5] The disciples became very happy.
[6] Jesus breathed on them and said again,
[7] "Peace be with you. I am sending you as my Father sent me.
[8] Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive a person’s sins, they are forgiven in heaven.
But if you don’t forgive a person’s sins, they will be held bound to those sins."
[9] Jesus left the room. Then, shortly afterward, the apostle Thomas returned. He had been away.
The other disciples told him,
"Thomas, you missed Jesus! He was just here. We saw him."
[10] Thomas replied, "I don’t believe it.
And I won’t ever believe it unless I can probe the nail marks in his hands and put my hand in his side."
[11] A week passed. Once again the disciples were all in the locked room.
[12] This time, Thomas was with them.
Jesus came in and stood in the middle of the group.
[13] "Peace be with you," he said.
[14] "Thomas, come here!
[15] Take your fingers and probe the nail marks in my hands.
Put your hand into my side. I want you to believe!"
[16] "My Lord and my God!" Thomas answered. [17] "You believe because you saw me yourself," said Jesus.
[18] "Blessed are those who believe without seeing me." [19]

Reader 2: On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to 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 into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

Reader 2: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Slideshow

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Gospel Skit

Reader 2: Today’s Gospel is like a short play in three acts. Let's act it out together.

Narrator: It is Easter Sunday evening (show the sign). Most of Jesus’ friends are gathered together in the upper room. They have all of the doors locked because they are afraid. They think that what has happened to Jesus might also happen to them. They are afraid that they too will be arrested and killed. (Suddenly Jesus appears among them.)

Disciples: (surprised, but filled with joy): It’s Jesus! Jesus is alive again. Is it really Jesus?

Jesus: Peace be with you.

Narrator: Jesus shows the disciples the wounds in his hands and feet and side. The disciples are amazed but they are still afraid. They touch his hands and feet very gently.

Jesus: Peace be with you. As God the Father sent me, I am sending you.

Narrator: Then Jesus breathes upon the disciples.

Jesus: Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven.

Narrator: It is later that day (show the sign). Thomas comes in and joins the other disciples.

Disciples: We saw Jesus! He has risen from the dead! We even touched the wounds in his hands and feet.

Thomas: I can’t believe that! Unless I see the marks in his hands and feet, and put my finger into the wound in his side, I won’t believe that he is risen!

Narrator: It is a week later (show the sign). The disciples are together again. This time Thomas is with them. The door is closed and locked, but Jesus appears among them.

Jesus: Peace be with you!

Narrator: Jesus looks at Thomas and holds out his hands to him.

Jesus: Thomas, come here. Touch my wounds. Place your fingers in the holes in my hands. Do not be unbelieving, but believe in me.

Thomas: (goes to Jesus, touches the wounds on his hands): My Lord and my God! It is really you. You have risen from the dead!

Jesus: Thomas, you believe just because you can see me. Blessed are those who do not see, but still believe in me.

Narrator: Now Jesus did many other signs that are not written in the holy book, but these are written so that each one of us can come to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

Gospel Illustration

Reflection on the Readings

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: For all those who are sick now,
especially with the coronavirus,
that they may know that God is with them
and they are not alone,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For everyone helping the sick now,
especially those on the front lines of this crisis,
that God will give them wisdom for how best to help,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For those who are worried, lonely, or scared now,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: 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.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Christ is risen, alleluia, alleluia!

All: Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia!

Closing Song

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