Prayer of the Day
Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
"Believing Without Seeing"
Poor Thomas. We don’t know why he wasn’t with the others on that first Easter when Jesus appeared to them. He doubts their account; who can blame him? And yet he is known ever after as “Doubting Thomas.” I have my own doubts. My own fears, anxieties. Voices from within and without that seek to undermine my trust in God. All of these are heightened during the pandemic. Like Thomas, I would love for Jesus to just show up! I would love to see him, and I would love to see all of you. Still, Jesus’ loving promise remains: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” You don’t have to get rid of your doubts. Just keep clinging to Christ anyway.
|Entrance Hymn||LBW 132||Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain|
|Hymn of the Day||LBW 139||O Sons and Daughters of the King|
|Sending hymn||ELW 390||The Risen Christ|
|LBW Lutheran Book of Worship
ELW Evangelical Lutheran Worship