Sunday, April 11, Easter “Seeing Hope,”  scripture reading John 20 :19-31

“Seeing Hope” is the title of the message delivered by Pastor Rob, Sunday, April 11, 2021, the second message from  St. Stephen’s Church’s Easter Worship Series, “Hope is Alive, The Story of the Resurrection.”  The scripture reading for this week’s service will be John 20:19-31 NRSV.

John 20:19-31 NRSV

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 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.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Jesus and Thomas

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twina]”>[a]), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 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.”

26 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.” 27 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.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 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.”

The Purpose of This Book

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believeb]”>[b] that Jesus is the Messiah,c]”>[c] the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

We are livestreaming our online worship service on YouTube, at 11 a.m., every Sunday with a chat feature allowing you to interact with other worshippers. Our livestream service at 11 a.m. replaces our pre-recorded online worship that used to be available at 8:30 a.m., Sundays. The livestream will be archived and available for viewing at your convenience on Vimeoby 2 p.m.,Sunday.  A replay of the service with chat replay will also be available on YouTube in the late evening, Monday.

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