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“Behind Locked Doors” by Rebekah Krevens

Second Sunday of Easter
In-Person (Outdoor/AM Transmitter)





Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Refreshed by the resurrection life we share in Christ,
let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We thank you, risen Christ,
for these waters where you make us new,
leading us from death to life, from tears to joy.
We bless you, risen Christ, that your Spirit comes to us
in the grace-filled waters of rebirth,
like rains to our thirsting earth,
like streams that revive our souls,
like cups of cool water shared with strangers.

Breathe your peace on your church when we hide in fear.
Clothe us with your mercy and forgiveness.
Send us companions on our journey as we share your life.
Make us one, risen Christ.
Cleanse our hearts.
Shower us with life.

To you be given all praise,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God,
now and forever. Amen.

During the Gathering Hymn, the children receiving first Bibles today are invited to come forward
and help sprinkle the assembly with water in remembrance of their baptism.


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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.


Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection. By the grace of Christ among us, enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.



A reading from Deuteronomy.

You shall love the Lord your God, therefore, and keep his charge, his decrees, his ordinances, and his commandments always.

You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.

Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.


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GOSPEL JOHN 20:19-31

The Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.

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.

SERMON Pastor Larson


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Dear friends, we gather today with these children who have been called by God’s Spirit to learn about the sacrament of Holy Communion.  As they prepare to encounter God among us at the table, we present Bibles to guide them on their journey.

Addressing the children:

May you read, learn, and live into the stories of our tradition as you enter this new chapter of your life of faith.

These are our stories of faith, passed from generation to generation.
Read them, learn them, live them, pass them along.

Read these stories by yourself, with your family, and with your friends.
Read them, learn them, live them, pass them along.

Some of these stories are joyful. Some are sad. Some are simple, and others are very hard to understand. All of them teach us about God.
Read them, learn them, live them, pass them along.

These are our stories of faith; Stories of God’s endless love that comes to us through the words on these pages, the love of our community, and the bread and wine received at God’s table.
Read them, learn them, live them, pass them along.

Read them to challenge your ideas about what’s important.
Learn them so that they can help you trust in God.
Live them so that you can follow in Jesus’ way.
Pass them along, so that you can share God’s good news.
Read them, learn them, live them, pass them along.

The pastors address each recipient:  ___(Name)___, receive the Holy Scriptures.
Read them, learn them, live them, pass them along.

The stories we share teach us that everyone is welcome at God’s table – people who doubt like Thomas, deny like Peter, love like Mary, and repent like Paul. May you find yourselves among these stories; may these words show you that you are a beloved child of God with a special seat at the banquet.
May the God of all grace, who has called you to glory, support you and make you strong.


On this second Sunday of Easter, let us pray for all in need, responding to each petition with the words “Send us your peace, O God.”

A brief silence.

O faithful God, grant the joy of your peace to our pastors, to all those who minister among us, and to all the baptized. Grant it especially to those in our congregation who have received their first bibles: Adam, Brooks, Bryan, Ethan, Henrik, Philip, Thomas and Tucker. We pray together:
Send us your peace, O God.

Grant the beauty of your peace to all of nature, its springtime flowers, its wildlife, its terrains. Restore waters, cleanse the air, and save lands that have been misused. Inspire us to care for the whole of your creation. We pray together:
Send us your peace, O God.

Grant the power of your peace to the nations of the world. Halt all violence between nations, in our city streets, and inside our homes. Bring an end to ethnic prejudices in our land, and guide judges and juries to enact justice throughout each court proceeding. We pray:
Send us your peace, O God.

Grant the abundance of your peace to all agencies of care in church and government. Show us the best ways to uphold and support those in need. We pray:
Send us your peace, O God.

Grant the well-being of your peace to all who suffer. Visit all who are ill, especially those suffering from Covid-19, those without access to the vaccines, and those with strained medical resources. Comfort with your merciful presence those who are distanced from family and friends and all who are lonely or distressed. Receive our prayers especially for PJ, Anne, Arthur, Susan, Phyllis, Kathy, Jen, the family of Kurt Partlow, Kathy, Cynthia, Kay, Kenan, Tarah, Vila, Brian, Cathy, all those affected by addiction, all those affected by mental illness, all military personnel and first responders, for those who have contracted COVID-19.We pray:
Send us your peace, O God.

We praise you for embracing your people with the wounded arms of Christ, and we bless you for all who died in the faith. At the end of all things, bring us with them into your everlasting peace. We pray:
Send us your peace, O God.

In praise for the new life you grant us in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.



The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.


It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,
for the glorious resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ,
the true Paschal Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin;
who in dying has destroyed death,
and in rising has brought us to eternal life.
And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection,
with earth and sea and all their creatures,
and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


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In 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.


Let us pray as Jesus taught us, each in the words or language of our choice.

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.


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.


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The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in God’s grace. Amen.




The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor
and + give you peace. Amen.


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Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!


Yeon Soh

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