Sunday Thoughts

This weekend, I have spent watching the Phillies play the Braves in baseball. We finally live back in the Philadelphia market. I have enjoyed it, even though the Phillies have struggled while playing the Braves. It’s seems like the Braves have been their nemesis for years.

One of the things that I have enjoyed is the Braves wearing their 70’s throwbacks – the same uniforms they were wearing when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record. They are wearing them to honor both Aaron and Phil Niekro. It seems we have lost quite a few of the 60’s and 70’s baseball legends in the last year. I love this Braves uniform. Seeing what teams wear what uniforms it a bit of a hobby of mine.

This week started a little rough as I was exhausted from the last weekend’s activities – four services in four days. It was a great weekend though. But as the week progressed, I gained my energy back.

Since Anna was on Spring Break, we took a trip over to the outlets in Rehoboth Beach. It was a beautiful day for it and spring is very much alive here in Delaware. For the second day in a row we made it into the 80’s. Which is a change of pace from Good Friday when we had just a few snow flurries.

I have enjoyed our Wednesday evening Praise and Prayer service at the Journey. This is the first time that I have ever done a “dig deeper” Bible study based on the Sunday sermon. It’s been good.

After a bad start running and exercise-wise for April, this week I kicked it back in gear. (Edit – as I was typing the Phillies got a home run!) I’ve got a way to get caught up and get to where I want to be mileage wise for the month.

We had a good service this morning at The Journey. I was on piano for worship and the worship team did a great job. I am thankful for the great team we have that leads us in worship – including our great tech team.

I think that’s about all I have for the night. Have a great week!

Prayer for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

In the Power of the Resurrection

Second Sunday of Easter | April 11, 2021

Acts 4:32-35 • Psalm 133 • 1 John 1:1-2:2 • John 20:19-31

John 20:19-31 | New Living Translation

19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

Saturday of Easter Week

Heavenly Father, you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death, and brought us into the kingdom of your beloved Son: Grant that, as by his death he has called us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Friday of Easter Week

Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in purity of life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for Thursday of Easter Week

Almighty God, you show those in error the light of your truth so that they may turn to the path of righteousness: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for Easter Tuesday

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for Easter Monday

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with reverence the Paschal feast may be made worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.