Worship & Devotions

Second Sunday of Easter

Weekend Worship

April 11, 2021

For the Seven weeks of seven days, we celebrate with joy the season of Easter. We gather to proclaim, witness, praise, and affirm the liberating reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. In word and feast, we celebrate God’s unending love, and depart to share this good news with the entire world. Alleluia! Christ is risen! 



PRELUDE       To Thee, O Newly Risen Lord                                   arr. Sylvia K. Riggs



P     Alleluia! Christ is risen.

C    Christ is risen indeed.  Alleluia!


P     The cross is empty.

C    The grave is open.

P     Death is overcome.

C    Life is renewed forever. Alleluia!

P     The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

       and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C    And also with you.


P       Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed

            with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

C       We come before God giving thanks for the gift of

           baptism and his saving grace.

Water is poured into the baptismal font

P    We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters and by your Word you created the world, calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family. Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom. At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit. By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons, making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life, and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ. Shower us with your Spirit, and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace and love. To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

C       Amen.

OPENING HYMN   #131  (LBW Hymnal)  vss. 1 & 2

Christ is Risen!  Alleluia!

Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Risen our victorious head!

Sing his praises!  Alleluia!  Christ is risen from the dead!

Gratefully our hearts adore him as his light once more appeard;

Bowing down in joy before him, rising up from griefs and tears. Refrain

Refrain:  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!

Risen our victorious head!

Sing his praises!  Alleluia!

Christ is risen from the dead!

Christ is risen!  All the sadness of our Lenten fast is o’er;

Through the open gates of gladness He returns to life once more;

Death and hell before him bending see him rise, the victor now,

Angels on his steps attending, glory round his wounded browRefrain.

KYRIE                A  - Assisting Cantor    C – Spoken by All

A       In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace from above, and for our salvation,

let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       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.

A    For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C       Amen.


P    Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

C    Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father: we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

P       Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

C    Lamb of God: you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

P       You alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

C    You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY                                                

P        Let us pray

C   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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN SHARING                       Dona Nobis Pacem 

FIRST READING                                                                                            Acts 4:32-35 

While the apostles testified to others about the resurrection of Jesus, the early Christian community shared what they owned or sold their possessions to help their fellow believers who were in need.

St. Paul wrote,

              Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

L       The Word of God

C       Thanks be to God

SECOND READING                                                                                   1 John 1:1—2:2 

The opening of this letter serves as a reality check. The reality of God is light, but our confessed reality has been sin. God cleanses us from our sinful reality through Christ’s death so that we live in fellowship with Christ and walk in God’s light.

St. John wrote,

          We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.  We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

        This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true;  but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

         My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

L       The Word of God

C       Thanks be to God


P        Lord, to whom shall we go?

C       You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia! 

GOSPEL READING                                                                                      John 20:19-31 

The story of Easter continues as the risen Jesus appears to his disciples. His words to Thomas offer a blessing to all who entrust themselves in faith to the risen Lord.


P        The Holy Gospel according to the 20th chapter of St. John

C       Glory to you, O Lord.

            When 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.”  After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

         But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So 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.”

              A 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.”  Then 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.”  Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

          Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.  But 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.

Gospel concluding response

P        The Gospel of our Lord

C       Praise to you, O Christ.


MUSIC OF THE DAY           O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing                Trinity Choir


Nicene Creed

P     Living together in trust and hope we confess our faith.

C       We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

                    maker of heaven and earth,

                    of all that is, seen and unseen.

          We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

                   the only Son of God,

                   eternally begotten of the Father,

                  God from God, Light from Light,

                  true God from true God, begotten, not made,

                  of one being with the Father.

                  Through him all things were made.

                  For us and for our salvation

                  he came down from heaven;

                  by the power of the Holy Spirit

                  he became incarnate

                  from the virgin Mary, and was made man.

                  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

                  he suffered death and was buried.

                  On the third day he rose again

                  in accordance with the Scriptures;

                 he ascended into heaven and is seated

                 at the right hand of the Father.

                 He will come again in glory to judge

                 the living and the dead,

                 and his kingdom will have no end.

          We believe in the Holy Spirit,

                 the Lord, the giver of life,

                 who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

                 With the Father and the Son

                 he is worshiped and glorified.

                 He has spoken through the prophets.

                 We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

                 We acknowledge one Baptism

                 for the forgiveness of sins.

                 We look for the resurrection of the dead,

                 and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Exchanging the Lord’s Peace

P       The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C       And also with you.


P       Renewed in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, let us bring our prayers before God who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.

Moment of silent prayer

P    Gracious God, you show grace and grant peace to your people. Breath that Spirit upon us this day and united the whole church one earth so that with one heart we may testify to the resurrection of Jesus Christ with power and love. Lord, in your mercy.

C       Hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, you establish the world and set the boundaries. You direct the time and place keeping all things in balance. But we have sinned and turned away from that perfection. Guide us to return to your will and away from all that would destroy. Mend our hearts and give us the wisdom to put an end to war, hatred, violence and injustice. Lord, in your mercy.

C       Hear our prayer.

P    Lord, we know that all people are cherished by you and held in your heart. But this day we pray especially for all those who are suffering in pain,depression, worry or fear. Those that suffer from affliction mentally, spiritually or physically. We ask for your healing and peace to be with all the hospitalized, the homebound and for those we lift up in our prayers to you now…. Lord, in your mercy.

C       Hear our prayer.

P    Glorious Lord, by your resurrection we are given life and a place in your heavenly kingdom forever. Share that spirit of peace with us now and inspire us to share it with all those who still need to hear of your love and salvation. Guide St. Mark in renewing our ministry and being an effective disciple in this community. Lord, in your mercy.

C       Hear our prayer.

P       Eternal Father, you grant hope to those who are mourning. You give light to those who sit in darkness. You give life to those who have entered your courts. In thanksgiving and remembrance, we recall the lives and gifts of all those who now live in endless joy before your heavenly throne. Grant that comfort to those who remain and mourn until we are reunited with them. Lord, in your mercy.

C       Hear our prayer.

P    Rejoicing in the resurrection and victory of our Lord, we pray together the words he taught us to pray:


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

CLOSING HYMN     #145  (LBW Hymnal) 

Thine Is the Glory

Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;

Endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death has won!

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

Kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay. Refrain

Refrain:  Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;

Endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won!

Lo, Jesus meets thee, risen from the tomb!

Lovingly he greets thee, scatters fear and gloom;

Let his Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,

For the Lord now liveth; death has lost its sting!  Refrain.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;

Life is nought without thee; aid us in our strife;

Make us more than conqu’rors, through the deathless love;

Bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.  Refrain.



P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Lift up your hearts.

C       We lift them to the Lord.

P       Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C       It is right to give him thanks and praise.


P     It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer  thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever living God. But chiefly we are bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Lord; for he is the true Passover Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who by his death has destroyed death, and by his 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…

SANCTUS                                                                                                 Trinity Choir

 Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might:

Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.



P       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.


P      Let us pray,

C     Lord God, fill us with your blessing in this meal and lead us to bring joy and fulfillment to others. Guide us on our path of faith. Teach us to live for you as servants to one another. Enfold us in your abiding love. We give thanks in the name of Jesus our risen Lord.  Amen


P        Christ is risen!

C       He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

P        May you receive the risen Lord and go in peace.   

C       Thanks be to God. Alleluia!


POSTLUDE           Postlude on “Maccabeus”                                            arr. Jason D. Payne

Music of the Day is pre-recorded.

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Resurrection Proclaimers   The people of St. Mark

Minister                                  Pastor Kirk Griffin

Lector                                     Kathy Gates

CPIC                                        Kathy Gates

Organist                                Martha Lobaugh

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Pastor: Rev. Kirk Griffin

Office Coordinator: Alison Peterson

Director of Music: Melinda Elnaggar

Organist: Martha Lobaugh

Sexton: Wally Rodenhaber

Housekeeper: Dale Dull

Preschool Director: Allison Wentz

Financial Secretary: Cara Lynn Clabaugh

Congregation Council:  President Hollis Long, Vice-President Pat Keefer, Secretary Linda Bolin, Treasurer Jeff Kindschuh, Mary Berry, Karen Feeser,  Kathy Gates, Patricia Hagarman,  Tom Long, Maria Martin, Lynn Peterson.