2nd Sunday of Easter
10:30 am Holy Communion Service
Grace Evangelical Lutheran, San Francisco
Welcome to worship at Grace! Welcome to long-time Lutherans, Christians from every tradition, and people new to faith. Welcome to all who have no church home, want to follow Christ, have doubts, or do not believe. Welcome to new visitors and old friends. Welcome to people of every age and size, color and culture, every sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic status, marital status, ability and challenge. Welcome to believers and questioners, and to questioning believers. This is a place where you are welcome to celebrate and sorrow, rejoice and recover. This is a place where lives are made new.
Special Welcome to Newcomers Welcome to our small community of faith. While we are small in numbers, we have big hearts and a desire to grow. In order to help you follow along, we have included all the materials you need for worship in this bulletin.
Please join us for worship any Sunday at 10:30am that you are able. If you cannot join us in person, you can also join us online via live stream or by watching the archives of our worship and Bible Study that Doesn’t Suck anytime during the week at our website (www.gracesf.com), or on our mobile phone app, Bible Study that Doesn’t Suck, is available on Google Play and ITunes.
If you have any questions about the service or about Grace, you can fill out the form in pew to let our pastor know you’d like to chat. Or you can contact Pastor Megan Rohrer at email@example.com.
Pastor: Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Congregation: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
The joy of the resurrection fills us with hope, promises us new life, and draws
us together as one. We cannot keep this good news to ourselves. Let us begin
our worship by turning to fellow worshipers and greeting them with the words,
“Christ is risen!”
Worshipers greet one another by saying, “Christ is risen!” or “Alleluia!” along with introducing themselves to others they may not have yet met.
Gathering Hymn Verses 1, 4 and 5
Prayer of the Day
Loving God, help us become a compassionate community that gives thanks more often than we complain, assumes the best in others and shares when we can. Amen.
First Reading Acts 4:23-37
23After they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24When they heard it, they raised their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and everything in them, 25it is you who said by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant: ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples imagine vain things? 26The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers have gathered together against the Lord and against his Messiah.’ 27For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 28to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, 30while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
32Now 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. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There 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. 35They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). 37He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Word of hope, word of life. Thanks be to God
Psalm 133 (read responsively)
1How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
2It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes.
3It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.
Second Reading 1 John 1:1-2:5
1We 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— 2this 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— 3we 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. 4We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
5This 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. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7but 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.
8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
2My 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; 2and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
Word of hope, word of life. Thanks be to God
Special Music What a Wonderful World Grace Choir
Scripture in this service is adapted from The Inclusive Bible: The First Egalitarian Translation, by Priests for Equality. 2009, Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
The traditional Lutheran liturgy is from Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2014 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #28429.
Hymns used with permission for worship and podcast under OneLicense.net #A-723548.
Gospel Reading John 20:19-31
19When 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.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So 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.”
26A 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.” 27Then 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.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But 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.
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Silence for reflection follows the sermon. The assembly stands to proclaim the word of God in song.
Hymn of the Day Verses 1, 3 and 4
Prayers of Intercession
A During this season of Easter, we pray for all who long for a new start, experience health and love beyond their expectations and for the church, the world and all people in their need. A brief silence.
Creating God, help us repair broken relationships, to clean up our messes and debts and to ask for help when we need it. God in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Parent God, bless all who are parents, the family and staff of the Grace Infant Care Center and all who have created families. Help us to become better at loving and receiving love from others. God in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God, you are the highest authority. Help our civic leaders to bring peace to a war torn world and to care for those who are vulnerable. Be with our bishops Elizabeth and Mark, our pastor Megan and all the staff and leaders of our congregation. Help us to support the work and hobbies of all who worship with us, so that we may draw closer to God in all that we do at work and at home. God in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Loving God, help us to have patience, compassion and listening ears for those who differ from us. Provide healing and hope for those whose minds, bodies or spirits are in need of care. We pray especially for those who care for the sick and support those who are aging. Help us to live and experience as much as we can while we await the day we will be reunited with those we have lost. God in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For whom and what else do the people of Grace pray?
(Please offer - silently or aloud- petitions to God. End spoken petitions with “God in your mercy.”)
P Our prayers rise like incense and are held by a loving God who yearns for us to be our best. May we sleep well, worry less and live convinced that God’s is on our side. Amen.
An offering is gathered for the mission of the church, including the care of those in need. After the offering is gathered, the assembly stands.
A Let us pray. God, bless the all that we have to offer. May our financial support match the generosity of our lives. Help us to be good stewards of our financial and emotional investments. Amen.
P It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise . . . we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
On the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
The Lord’s Prayer
C 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. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen
Announcements Tuesday Council Meeting
(Hilda may teach us the refrain in Spanish if she is here and willing)
A: Go in peace and serve our God.
C: Thanks be to God.
Please join us for coffee and refreshments downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.
To get to the Fellowship Hall, exit to the right of the communion railing at the front of the church.
Grace Film Festival:
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 5:30-10pm
Bayberries Have Ripened (16:25) a short film from Nepal ; Dervish: a spiritual sojourn (39:01) a short film from India
- Intermission - Films resume at 6:30
Love Free or Die (1:22:00) Documentary from US - The life and work of Bishop Gene Robinson, an openly gay man who set a precedent in New Hampshire in the battle for LGBT people to receive full acceptance in the faith.
- Intermission - Films resume at 8pm
The Illusion (2:04) a short animated film from Iran; The Complicated Race to the Wheel of Life (11:35) a short film from the Philippines; The Glorious Refuse (14:57) a short film film from Nigeria; Alyosha's Love (22:42) a short film from Russia; 1-0 (1) a short from Iran
- Intermission - Films resume at 9pm
Of Boys and Planes (2:40) an animated short from Mexico; Two Men and a Cradle (55:19) a documentary from France
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 5:15-8:30pm
to be or not to be? (1:01:00) a film from Kazakhstan (All roles of this film are performed by young people with disabilities. Every second of their lives is given to them by incredible struggle, which enforces them to put a question for themselves: “To be or not to be”?)
- Intermission - Films resume at 6:30 pm
Brother Outsider (1:23:00) Documentary from US - Documentary on Bayard Rustin, best-remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.
- Intermission - Films resume at 8pm
Because of Mum (12:17) an animated short from Bulgaria; Shades of Gray (6:18) an animated short from the Russian Federation; Ticonderoga (7) a short film from Canada; Coffee Talk 6 - Gay Marriage (5:06) a short from the US