WORSHIP@HOME

April 11, 2021 • 2nd Sunday of Easter

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

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: Today we hear a story about what happened when Jesus came to his friends after he rose from the dead. Pay special attention to his disciple Thomas and how he reacted to seeing Jesus alive again. 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 1: The disciples were afraid of the Jewish leaders,
and on the evening of that same Sunday they locked themselves in a room.
Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the middle of the group.
He greeted them and showed them his hands and his side.
When the disciples saw the Lord, they became very happy.
After Jesus had greeted them again, he said,
“I am sending you, just as the Father has sent me.”
Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive anyone’s sins, they will be forgiven.
But if you don’t forgive their sins, they will not be forgiven.”
Although Thomas the Twin was one of the twelve disciples,
he wasn’t with the others when Jesus appeared to them.
So they told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But Thomas said, “First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger.
I must put my hand where the spear went into his side.
I won’t believe unless I do this!”
A week later the disciples were together again.
This time, Thomas was with them.
Jesus came in while the doors were still locked and stood in the middle of the group.
He greeted his disciples and said to Thomas,
“Put your finger here and look at my hands!
Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!”
Thomas replied, “You are my Lord and my God!” Jesus said, “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me?
The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!”
Jesus worked many other miracles for his disciples,
and not all of them are written in this book.
But these are written so that you will put your faith
in Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God.
If you have faith in him, you will have true life.

Reader 1: 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 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Illustration

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflection on the Readings

General Intercessions

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

Reader 2: We pray in memory of all those who have died of the coronavirus in the past year,
and for all their loved ones who still miss them, that they may be comforted,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray in thanksgiving for all those who have worked so hard to keep people safe during the pandemic
and for the gift of the vaccines that are promising a light at the end of this long tunnel,
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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