Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Response: Psalm 118:14-29 was led by David Maitland. *(verse 29) “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures forever.
The First Reading was read by Arthur Clark: Acts 5:27-32. After Jesus’ death the high priest questioned the disciple’s teachings about the crucifixion of Jesus and blaming the Jews. Peter answered him saying that all they teach is true and they must obey God. They were witnesses of all that happened and God gives the Holy Spirit to all who obey him.
The Second Reading was read by John Greve from Revelation 1:4-8. John, author of Revelation, records that Christ will come again with the clouds and every eye will see him. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
Reverend Abernathy read the Gospel of John 20:19-31. This is the account of Jesus appearing to the disciples the first day of the week after his death. He had entered a locked room where they were meeting and astonished them. After Jesus showed them his hands and side wound, he breathed the Holy Spirit upon them. Later they told Thomas who was absent that day and he would not believe them unless he saw it with his own eyes. A week later Jesus appeared to them again, and this time Thomas was there and believed Jesus was the Lord and alive. Jesus told them that in the future others must believe on faith for they would not be able to see him. The disciples were told that they must spread the news to the world. There were also other signs in their presence that are not recorded in the book, but Jesus wants everyone to know that he is the Messiah so you can believe in him and have life everlasting.
Reverend Abernathy discussed the fact that Jesus’ life is recorded by different authors who have different points of views in telling the story of Jesus. Though some little details may be different, the basic story of Jesus is the same. He is the Son of God, the Messiah, who came to save the world from sin. By reading all the Gospels we have a composite account.
Jesus appeared to his disciples and breathed the Holy Spirit upon them, for he would soon be leaving them to go to his Father. By doing this Jesus commissioned the disciples to continue his work on earth in taking the Good News to everyone. They had been witnesses of his being there after the crucifixion. No one had witnessed the resurrection, only that Jesus was alive again after being placed in a tomb. Obviously something happened on Easter, for why has the Church continued going on so long after his death. Christ has been studied worldwide and is still believed in to this day. His resurrection was the raising from death to an entirely new order of existence. Believers will be able to experience the same phenomenon some day and be with Christ in his kingdom. Our greatest evidence is that the Church still exists. Everywhere there are churches that worship Christ because God raised him from the dead and made him Lord and Christ.
That is what happened at Easter.
Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. there will be a Bible Study and light super. The study will be led by Reverend Gooch. All are welcome to come. Next Sunday at 9 a.m. Reverend Gina Frnka will be the pastor at the service.
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