Theme of the Day: Witness Marches Victorious Over Restraint

On the Sunday after Easter, it’s almost inevitable to experience a bit of a letdown. But perhaps it isn’t entirely a bad thing. It is good if it causes us to remember that the3re will always be forces that try to slow Christ’s victorious march. Those forces could be fear and doubt (Gospel Reading). They could be persecution from within the visible church (First Reading). They could be active persecution from the state (Second Reading). Whatever the case, Easter’s triumph will not be restrained.

John 20:19-31
Acts 5:12,17-32
Revelation 1:4-18
Psalm: Psalm 150A

817:1 – Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart
456 – O Sons and Daughters of the King
444 – Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won
442 – Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia
951 – Lord, Now You Let Your Servant
462 – Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain

Prayer of the Day: O risen Lord, you came to your disciples and took away their fears with your word of peace. Come to us also by Word and sacrament, and banish our fears with the comforting assurance of your abiding presence; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. Alleluia.