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P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. C
P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, & the truth is not in us.
C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will
our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and
unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have
not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our
neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and
eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have
mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may
delight in Your will and walk in Your ways
to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for
His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of
Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the
name of the
Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen.


P In peace let us pray to the Lord. C Lord have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of
God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord. C Lord, have mercy.
P For this holy place and for all who offer here their worship and praise
let us pray to the Lord. C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord. C Amen.
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may
grow up to salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Oh, give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds
among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the
judgments he uttered.
He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a
thousand generations. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the
Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow
up to salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Gloria in Excelsis

Salutation and Collect of the Day
P The Lord be with you. C And also with you. P We pray...
Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s
resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that
Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who
lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Reading Acts 5:29–42
29But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather
than men.

30The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by

hanging him on a tree.

31God exalted him at his right hand as Leader
and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God
has given to those who obey him.”
33When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.
34But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law
held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the
men outside for a little while.

35And he said to them, “Men of Israel,

take care what you are about to do with these men.

36For before these
days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of
men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who
followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.

37After him Judas
the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of
the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were

38So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these
men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it
will fail;

39but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You

might even be found opposing God!” So, they took his advice,

when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged
them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

41Then they
left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted
worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.

42And every day, in the temple
and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching
Jesus as the Christ. This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to
Gradual (together)
Christ has risen from the dead. [God the Father] has crowned him with
glory and honor, He has given him dominion over the works of his
hands; he has put all things under his feet.
Epistle 1 Peter 1:3–9
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According
to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born from above to a living
hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an
inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in
heaven for you,

5who by God’s power are being guarded through faith

for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you rejoice,
though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by
various trials,

7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more
precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be
found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus

8Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do

not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is
inexpressible and filled with glory,

9obtaining the outcome of your faith,
the salvation of your souls. This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks
be to God.

C Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the
words of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.
Holy Gospel John 20:19–31
P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth
C Glory to You, O Lord.
19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being
locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and
stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

20When he

had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the
disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

21Jesus said to them
again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am
sending you.”

22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and

said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of
anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it
is withheld.”

24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, 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 in his hands
the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails,
and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26Eight days
later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.
Although the doors were locked, 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; and put out your hand and place it in
my side. Do not disbelieve, 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 believed.”

30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of

the disciples, which are not written in this book;

31but these are written
so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and
that by believing you may have life in his name. This is the Gospel of
the Lord. C Praise
to You, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day
Apostles' Creed
C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the
Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He
rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right
hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge
the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian
Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.
Prayer of the Church
Dear Father in heaven, we are not worthy to be called Your children; for
we have not feared and honored, nor loved and trusted You as we should

have done. We have sinned against You and against our neighbor. We
have deserved Your wrath and many punishments. With penitent hearts we
bow beneath Yo u r j u d g eme n ts. We plead no righteousness of our
own, only the perfect righteousness of Your dear Son, our Savior. Thru
Him alone we come before You to beg Your mercy. Cleanse us from all
our sins by the blood of Your Son, and for His sake continue to be gracious
to us. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us;
cast us not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from
us. Help us in the future to glorify Yo u in our bodies and in our spirits,
which are Yours. Enable us to serve You and those around us in love and
good works. Cause us to work faithfully while it is day, before the night
comes when we can no more work. And at the end of our day take us
t h r u a blessed death to Your service in heaven above.
To Your fatherly heart we commend the sick and wounded, the
sorrowing and suffering, the poor and needy, the widows and orphans.
Comfort them all, as only You can do, with the consolation of Your
Gospel of grace. We pray You continue to be with those who are on the
front lines of this pandemic, and to keep them from harm of soul as well as
of body. Give to each the courage and the comfort they need, and may none
die without Your saving grace in Christ Jesus. We ask you to continue to
bless our President, and guide him and his counselors, that they may
know and gladly follow Your will. Grant that our nation and other
nations may turn to Yo u with due repentance and seek peace with You,
that You may then restore a disease and war-stricken world.
We thank and praise You for all Your favors of the past; and we pray
You to go with us into the new week, so that we may praise You not only
with our lips, but in our lives. Hear us, and bless us for Jesus' sake,

Lord's Prayer
C 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.

P The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on
you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and T

give you
peace. Amen.

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The Church Council will meet this Sunday April 19
for its delayed monthly

meeting, using a virtual meeting App called Zoom.