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Expressed Individual Forgiveness

(4/23/2017)

Today in Worship - Second Sunday of Easter
Preacher & Worship Leader: Pastor Bob Liebmann
Children’s Message: Debbie Armbruster
Elder: Kevin Schaeg


Welcoming One Another

Remembering Whose We Are
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Opening Song
"Lord I Lift Your Name On High"

Confession of Sin

Absolution

Songs of Praise
"For The Lord Is Good"
"Glorious Day"

First Reading
1 Peter 1:3-9
3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
4  and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, 
5  who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
6  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
7  These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 
8  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
9  for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Children's Message

Little Worship

Sermon Scripture Reading
John 20:19-31
19  On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"
20  After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21  Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." 
22  And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
23  If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."
24  Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.
25  So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."
26  A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"
27  Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
28  Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
29  Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
30  Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.
31  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Sermon

Offering
"How Beautiful"

In Whom Do We Believe? Explanation to the Third Article of The Apostles' Creed
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers.  On the Last Day, he will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

Prayer and Care

Prayers Of The Day

The Lord's Prayer
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.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Blessing
Sending Song
"All The Heavens"