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SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

11TH APRIL 2021

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Welcome

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, DUKE OF EDINBURGH

As my video recording was completed on Wednesday 7th April, I would like to add a few words, following the sad announcement of Prince Philip’s death on Friday 9th April.   

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Today we remember the Queen, the Royal Family, the Nation and the Commonwealth in mourning the death of his Royal Highness, Duke of Edinburgh. 

Prince Philip was an energetic member of the royal family, living a life of relentless service and duty. He went on to become the longest-serving royal consort in British history and was by his wife’s side on all her Commonwealth and state visits. On their golden wedding anniversary, the Queen referred to Prince Philip as “her strength and stay.” He played a vital role in the development of the modern monarchy in Britain.

Despite relinquishing his promising naval career for duty and service, Prince Philip shaped his own path, becoming a keen advocate for British business and promoting UK industry around the world. He had a great passion in science, industry and religion, and was deeply committed to conservation. He was at the cutting edge of environmental change and in the 1970’s was ahead of his time in conservation thinking. He was instrumental in setting up the World Wild Life Fund and was tireless in his endeavours to promote environmental issues. He had strong opinions, enjoyed a good debate and embraced controversy.

Incredibly, over the decades he supported 800 different charities, but many would argue his Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme was one of his greatest achievements, touching and transforming the lives of millions of young people. In truth he immersed himself wholeheartedly in national life.

He was witty, engaging, charming, and unpredictable. He displayed genuine curiosity on his royal visits, posing some challenging and insightful questions to his hosts. His prowess in sport is renown.  He was a keen and able cricketer; an excellent polo player; a skilled carriage driver competing at international level; a crack shot, a qualified pilot and an accomplished sailor. He loved sport and the outdoors and encouraged people from all walks of life, especially those with disability to participate in various outdoor pursuits. 

He was a loving husband, hands on father, esteemed grandfather and great grandfather, who was held him in high regard by his family, and who in turn brought him much joy and delight.

We give thanks to God for all that made Prince Philip special; for all that he accomplished in his life, especially his long and full life dedicated to public service. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.   

PRAYER.
Gracious God, giver of all life,
in whom our earthly course finds its fulfilment:
we give you thanks for the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
for his service to this nation, the Commonwealth, and humanity,
in war and in peace,
in the pursuit of knowledge,
and in his example of reverence for your creation.
We give thanks for the encouragement he offered to the young,
and for his faithful support for Elizabeth our Queen.
We pray that, as you receive him into your presence,
his family and all who mourn may know your comfort
in the assurance that death is swallowed up in victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God,
now and in eternity.
Amen.

This Prayer of Commemoration has been prepared on behalf of the Liturgy Committee at the request of The Primus.

OPENING SENTENCE

– He is not here: He is RISEN!’

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

HYMN

GREETING

Alleluia Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

He has given us new life and hope

by raising Jesus from the dead.

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God to whom all hearts be open all desires known and from whom no secrets are hidden;

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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CONFESSION

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord, we come to you in sorrow for our sins, and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

Like Mary at the empty tomb

We fail to grasp the wonder of your presence

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors

We are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ have mercy,

Christ have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room

We are slow to believe.

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy.

ABSOLUTION

May the God of love and power

forgive you and free you from your sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

GLORIA

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COLLECT

Almighty God,

in your great goodness,

grant that we, as pilgrims through the Easter mysteries,

may hold the fast in our lives

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, world without end. Amen

FIRST READING ACTS 4: 32- 35

read by Liz Ballard

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Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

SECOND READING – 1 JOHN 1:1-2:2

read by Gill Swales

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

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This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

HYMN

GOSPEL READING John 20:19-31

John 20:19-31 read by Rev Steven Ballard

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John chapter 20 beginning at verse 19

Glory to Christ our Saviour.

When 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.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then 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.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, 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 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.”

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A 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.” Then 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.” 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 come to believe.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But 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.

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious gospel.

Praise to Christ our Lord

SERMON

In our Gospel today Jesus says to Thomas: “Put your finger here, see my hands. Reach out your hand and out it into my side.” Why does the Risen Lord still bear the marks of his wounds? What are we to make of these wounds? Why does Jesus show his wounds to his disciples? Most of us take a lot of care to keep our most wounded, most vulnerable parts of ourselves as much out of sight as possible. We want to show the world our strengths, not our weaknesses. Yet Jesus invites the disciples to touch and see his wounds. He shows them his wounds- his scarred hands and feet. His scarred hands and scarred feet tell a profound story about him.

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The scarred hands of another man called David tell a story about him. The story concerns a small boy, being raised in a frontier city by his grandmother. One night the house catches on fire. The grandmother, trying to rescue the boy who was asleep in the bedroom upstairs, is overcome by the smoke and dies in the fire. This frontier city doesn’t have much of a fire department. A crowd gathers around the house and they hear a small boy crying out for help. The lower floor is a wall of flames and no one seems to know what to do. Suddenly, a man pushes through the crowd and begins climbing an iron drainage pipe which runs to the roof. The pipe is hot from the fire, but he makes it to a second- floor window. The man crawls through the window and locates the boy. With the crowd cheering encouragement, the man climbs back down the hot iron pipe with the boy on his back and his arms around his neck.

A few weeks later, a public meeting was held to determine in whose custody the boy would be placed. Each person wanting the child would be allowed to make a brief statement. The first man said, “I have a farm and would give the boy a good home. He would grow up on the farm and learn a trade.” The second person to speak was the local school teacher. She said, “I am a school teacher and I would see to it that he received a good education.” Finally, the banker said, “Mrs. Morton and I would be able to give the boy a fine home and a fine education. We would like him to come and live with us.” The presiding officer looked around and asked, “Is there anyone else who would like to say anything?” From the back row, a man rose and said, “These other people may be able to offer some things I can’t. All I can offer is my love.” Then, he slowly removed his hands from his coat pockets. A gasp went up from the crowd because his hands were scarred terribly from climbing up and down the hot pipe. The boy recognized the man as the one who had saved his life and ran into his waiting arms. The farmer, teacher and the banker simply sat down. Everyone knew what the decision would be. The scarred hands proved that this man had given more than all the others. He had shown sacrificial love for this young boy. His wounds revealed much about his character and love.

Jesus believed that by looking at his hands; they would reveal much about his character and love. Hence Jesus’ words to his disciples: ‘Look at my hands and my feet.’ He invited Thomas to see and to touch his wounded hands and side.

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Jesus believed that by seeing his hands and feet that they would communicate much about his loyalty and love. He also believed that his wounded hands and feet would also be a source of comfort and strength to his disciples. Maybe you are surprised to learn that the risen body of Jesus, his resurrected body still had scars and wounds, you might have been expecting this new body to be whole and without blemish. Yet not only is his body still scarred but it is those very wounds with which his disciples recognise him. Those wounds which were caused by humiliation, torture and crucifixion are the very same wounds Jesus showed to his disciples. Why his wounds?

His wounds spoke firstly to his disciples of his identity – his wounds he reassured them that he was the same Lord that was crucified. It was these wounds that communicated afresh his incredible sacrificial love for them. His wounds reminded them that Jesus cared for them and loved them with all his heart. It would be these very wounds that would eventually bring his disciples healing and peace. Peace was the first gift Jesus brings to his disciples and how much they were in need of it! Jesus knew the hearts and minds of his disciples- he knew that they were frightened – why else would they be huddled together in a locked room? His previous appearances have lifted their spirits but his appearances to date had not killed their fear and anxiety either about the present or the future.

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Fear and angst consumed them. They had given three years of their lives to follow Jesus. They had left their careers, homes and families to be with Jesus. They had believed his teachings, his claims about himself as Messiah and now they wonder if they had been taken in – were they so gullible to believe all that had gone before. Once bitten twice shy -they were more cautious now about what they would hold on to and what they would believe. They are very much aware that the Roman authorities and the Religious leaders are far from happy about the so- called rumours of Jesus’ resurrection and so the disciples fear their lives are in danger and a similar fate of death awaits them because of their association with him. Hence, they are locked up in a room. I can just visualise them jumping out of their skins. You can almost feel their fear when Jesus breaks in to the locked room, in an unconventional manner. They are told that they were startled and frightened. Jesus knows exactly how they were feeling- that’s why his first words to them are ‘Peace be with you’- he knows that peace of mind and heart is their greatest need. He also knows that they are still unsure about all that has been happening and that they are not yet familiar or comfortable with his new risen presence- indeed they are miles away from that – they are thinking that he is a ghost.

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To overcome their fear and their superstitions Jesus demonstrates later in the gospel his ability to eat fish which no ghost could do! It is then that his wounds that speak to his disciples. They could relate to his wounds. They knew what he had experienced, and underwent for them. They had watched it albeit from a safe distance- but they would never forget the cries of pain and torture. They would never forget his words – “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing!” His wounds remind them of his betrayal, his rejection, his exploitation, his abandonment and torture. Those wounds as they speak to Jesus’ first disciples speak to us too. They speak into our situations of betrayal and rejection. They speak into our situations of being exploited, hurt, abandoned, alone and abused. His wounds can take away that aloneness and isolation and can bring healing and hope.

Jesus is not one for hiding his wounds. Jesus shows that our wounds- our weaknesses can become our strength. You know yourself that you can relate better to someone who has some experience of what you are going through albeit it is very different- for no death- no cancer is ever the same for one person to another. But the experience – opens up the door- it creates an opportunity to share the woundedness that creates a bond and through that bond healing can come. Henri Nouwen wrote a book entitled “The Wounded Healer” claiming that we are all wounded but our wounds are healed in Christ’s wounds. In Christ our wounds, our weaknesses can become our strength, leading to peace and healing.

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Our wounds can become our strength–in life we will all pick up wounds – a host of scratches, wrinkles and welts, but these are only the visible wounds. There is a myriad of wounds that are invisible; the furrows left on the soul and mind by hardship, worry and anxiety, and those piercing ones that I referred to earlier –which affect the most sensitive part of us our hearts- the disappointments, betrayal, and emotional hurt. But these wounds are not things to be ashamed of. They are proof of our love. Will anyone see these wounds and come to believe in our love because of them? Maybe, maybe not! But even if no-one sees them, God sees them and he is proud of us, for he sees in us some measure of love and care that imitates the love and care of his Son. We must not look at a person’s achievements only but also at his or her wounds.

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So, Jesus did not hide his wounds for they were proof of his love. Secondly God did not take away Jesus’ wounds because they speak of his humanity. There are some things we never get over, problems that we never completely overcome, situations in which things will never be the same.  If your child gets abducted and murdered, no, you will not get over it.  No, you will not forget it.  No matter how much healing you might experience as time goes on, that wound will never just disappear.  It will never be erased. Its human reality: some wounds and some scars, last a long, long time, and many are permanent.  And I think that’s why Jesus still had the wounds when he rose from the dead. God did not erase the wounds from the resurrected Christ. God did not erase the wounds from deep in God’s heart, because human experience, including all its pain, is not all behind the Lord. 

If pain and struggle are not all in the past for us, they are not all in the past for God.  If weakness and disability are not all in the past for us, they are not all in the past for God.  Jesus overcame death, but he did not leave his humanity behind.  He didn’t leave us behind.  He didn’t take himself out of our struggle. His wounds speak of infinite love for us and of his continuing love and presence with us. I am sure that as we have watched this past year the devastating statistics of deaths caused by the coronavirus, and the impact on families, on business and on the economy. These statistics are people whose lives have been lost, and whose family members are mourning. Jesus has not abandoned us; he is with us in this pandemic. He understands the suffering and grief and so he reaches out to us and carries us in our pain and loss. As the wounded healer, Jesus offers healing and comfort to them.

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Finally, Jesus did not become embittered because of his wounds, instead he brought peace to his disciples. Today he asks us not be embittered by our wounds but instead to go as wounded healers out into the word to bring peace and healing in Christ’s name to others. Like Jesus’ disciples, we are witnesses to the Risen Lord and we too are invited to be wounded healers offering opportunities of healing and peace to others. May God so guide us to the people we are to meet. Amen

Christ The Savior Lutheran Church

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven;

by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father.

With the Father and the Son, he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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PRAYERS

Risen Lord

Fill our hearts with Easter Joy

Risen Lord, you set ablaze the hearts of your disciples with awe at the wonder of the resurrection.

Open the eyes of us your Church afresh to this astounding news and fill our hearts and voices with joy that you Lord Jesus are risen indeed.

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Risen Lord

Fill our hearts with Easter Joy

Risen Lord you see and judge the motives of rulers and leaders, may they be wounded healers, reaching out to those in need.

Raise up and sustain with your Holy Spirit people of integrity and compassion, that are at all times.

ready to bring your healing and peace to others.

Risen Lord

Fill our hearts with Easter Joy

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Risen Lord, you offer hope and new life to all.

Draw near those who are doubt your resurrection, your claims of Messiahship, and your identity as God.

Bring into their lives witnesses of credibility that can break through their barriers and open their eyes and hearts to your risen presence and love.

Risen Lord

Fill our hearts with Easter Joy

Risen Lord, you came to your distraught and confused disciples In that locked room and brought peace and healing.

Come to all today who are anxious and worried, living in fear and confusion and bring them your peace and healing.

We pray especially for people known to us in the quiet of our hearts, and ask that you by your grace and love will meet them at their point of need.

Lord Jesus, be near to those we have named and grant them your strength and abiding presence.

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Risen Lord

Fill our hearts with Easter Joy

Risen Lord, journey with those who have the responsibility to be carers and healers.

May they lean on you for guidance and strength, for wisdom and compassion and through their gifts and talents may they open up for others a way to greater liberation, hope and peace.

Risen Lord

Fill our hearts with Easter Joy

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Risen Lord, you are the resurrection and the life, you hold before us the promise of eternal life.

Journey with those whose earthly life is coming to an end and open their hearts and minds to embrace the new life you have prepared for them, in paradise with you.

Comfort those who mourn, carry those who are bereft, and be close to those for whom this month of April is an anniversary of a death, and may cherished memories bring comfort and peace to those who grieve.

Risen Lord

Fill our hearts with Easter Joy

A Prayer for Joy Filled Life

Through all the changing scenes of life we thank you Risen Lord for your companionship and for gentle leading and guiding…

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord who taught us to say together,

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Do not bring us to the time of trial

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

HYMN

BLESSING

God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life;

and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always. Amen

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DISMISSAL

Go or stay in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

In the name of Christ,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

9 Responses

  1. Thank you Janice for an excellent newsletter and virtual service. It is amazing that COVID came also just as social media blossomed (or not so amazing). in 2004, I was involved in the design and dedication of a memorial to the Royal Auxiliary Air Force at the National Memoriail Arboretum in Staffordshire, At the foot of the facing panel, I added the words `And they shall rise up with wings as eagles’ Memories came flooding back

  2. Hi Janice,

    Sorry to see the bruises on your face from the dental work. I hope you are not in too much pain. Enjoyed the Sunday service. I watched the recording.

  3. Finally found how to access St John’s online and thoroughly enjoyed it particularly your thought provoking sermon with lots of background information Thank you for looking after us in the pandemic Keep well Love Rosie and Terry

  4. I welcome this sermon and indeed the sermon I had best valued was one when the preacher ended his sermon :

    ” Do not have any expectations of me and I will not have any expectations of you”

    Welcome words to any members of a clergy family!
    Joan x

  5. Dear Janice,
    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only just discovered the St John’s web site!! Thank you for all that you are doing and lovely images which give food for thought. I saw you on zoom at the retreat last week but then you disappeared – I hope you enjoyed it. On Sundays I’ve been watching the SEC eucharists on YouTube usually with lovely organ music.
    Blessings and love from Ann

  6. Hi Janice,
    I haven’t been coming to church because I am shielding my self as well as shielding my two very elderly parents, ( Mum is 94 years years old this December and Dad is 96 years old this coming March ) they are my main reason for not coming to church, but I get too come to our church on line of which I am greatly pleased, thank you for that wonderful service this morning God bless.

  7. We pray for Janice and hold her before His healing power.

    Thank Janice that we can worship on line , because for us at home “God does not live in houses made with hands” but on the airwaves

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