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Surprise! -- John 20:19-31 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
Retainers -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEMEAT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Which direction? -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Teachers: One of the most common phrases in today's lesson is, "Peace be with you." It is said by Je
The marks on Jesus -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
This week's Gospel Lesson deals with Thomas and his desire
"Blessed are those who believe" -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Teachers or Parents: Unbelief is the one unforgivable sin!
Palm prints -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Teachers or Parents: Use the text today to teach the children

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- John 20:19-31 -- Ages 8-10 -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- John 20:19-31 -- Ages 5-7 -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C

Commentary

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The Magnificence Of God’s Activating, Future-oriented, Forgiving Love -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
This Sunday’s lessons proclaim that God and his resurrection have their way with us.
Transformed lives -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
For me, the deepest proof of Jesus’ resurrection comes from the transformed lives of his followers.
Witnesses -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
There is a marvelous little story tucked away in the pages of Edward Gibbon's seven-volume work T
A week after -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31, Psalm 118:14-29 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The gospels devote a great deal of attention to the week before Easter.
The end or the beginning? -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
What does it feel like for you and your congregation this Sunday after Easter? I suspect
Witness: suffering and rejoicing with hope -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
Is the church living post-Christendom or post-Easter?
The ultimacy of life -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1998
The theme for today may be summed up in the phrase, "The Difference that Easter Makes." All three le
The signs of credibility -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-23 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Last Sunday Mary Magdalene stood before us in her bereavement and met the Risen Jesus.
Appearance -- Acts 5:17-32, John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4-18 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
At first, just the word that someone had seen him was enough. The eyewitnesses were present.
For those who don't know -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Every so often, we come across an event where, as we watch the people involved, we conclude, "They h
Christ for the church -- Acts 5:12, 17-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Immediately after Easter, the church comes to the fore.
Witnessing -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
One thing is common in all our lessons for this Sunday, witnessing.

Children's bulletin

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- John 20:19-31 -- Ages 8-10 -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin -- John 20:19-31 -- Ages 5-7 -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C

Children's Liturgy and Story

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Toby's Dive -- John 20:19-31 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Call to worship:

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Wonderful, Weird Things To Believe -- John 20:19-31 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
“Thomas answered Him, 'my Lord and my God!'”
Believing With Your Heart -- John 20:19-31 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
The Point: don’t just know about Jesus, believe in Jesus with your heart
Surprise! -- John 20:19-31 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the
Salutations -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priest
Retainers -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the
Alpha and omega -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and
Which direction? -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to go hiking?
Round and round -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Good morning, boys and girls.
The marks on Jesus -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Do you see this flower? It is called a dogwood. There is
No beginning or ending -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
See this string? (Lay it on the floor in front of you.) It
Blessed are those who believe -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Good morning! Last Sunday we heard how Jesus was raised from the dead.
The beginning and the end -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Good morning! How well do you all know your alphabet? How
Palm prints -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
When Jesus was killed, his followers were very afraid. They
Was, is, will be -- Revelation 1:4-18 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
I heard a little poem that tells about God and tells about you and me. It goes like this:

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Finding Resurrection Among Smoldering Ruins -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For April 28, 2019:
Unlocking Easter's Hope -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
This week’s lectionary gospel text opens with a stark description of the existential fear that gripp
Is It Real Or Is It Photoshop? -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
On the Second Sunday of Easter, the lectionary showcases the familiar story of the disciple Thomas a
Cogito Tute -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text features the story of "doubting" Thomas, and it raises the whole issue of do
Breaking Into The Tomb -- John 20:19-31 -- George L. Murphy -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
This has been a week of troubling news out of Iraq, and many people in the pews will be feeling the
Yearning For Peace -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
The prophet Jeremiah complained about those who "treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying,

Children's Story

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Thomas And The Cave -- John 20:19-31 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Thomas had never seen his friends so excited.

Devotional

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Easter 2 -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
We must obey God rather than any human authority.-- Acts 5:29
Easter 2 -- Psalm 118:14-29 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Easter 2 -- John 20:19-31 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."-- John 20:19
Easter 2 -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests

Drama

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The Gift -- Acts 5:1-11 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Theme What are our motives as Christians? They are shown in how we give.

Illustration

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Sermon illustrations for Easter 2 (2019) -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
Acts 5:27-32
Sermon illustrations for Easter 2 (2016) -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, R. Robert Cueni, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Acts 5:27-32
Sermon illustrations for Easter 2 (2013) -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Acts 5:27-32
NULL -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
There are all sorts of keys: musical keys, piano keys, the top of the key on a basketball court, a k
NULL -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Bob Ove -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The seven churches are not listed until the next chapter.
The negative reaction of the Sanhedrin and Jewish leaders... -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The negative reaction of the Sanhedrin and Jewish leaders to Peter's witness is in direct contradict
In a desperate need to have a battlefield victory... -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
In a desperate need to have a battlefield victory against the British, George Washington crossed the
It is so easy to demonize his lack of faith... -- John 20:19-31 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The story of Doubting Thomas: It is so easy to demonize his lack of faith.
John Quincy Adamswould arise at 4 AM every day... -- John 20:19-31 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, would arise at 4 AM every day.
Acts 5:27-32 A... -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Acts 5:27-32
An English officer by the... -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
An English officer by the name of Payne Best, captured by the Nazis during World War
Martin Luther King Jr. was... -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Martin Luther King Jr. was an example of a man who believed one must obey God rather
For over a year, Kate... -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
For over a year, Kate heard stories of devastation following Hurricane Katrina. People
Few Christians seem to realize... -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Few Christians seem to realize they have a constant companion. He arrives at our baptism
No doubt, the resurrection was... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
No doubt, the resurrection was a spectacular miracle. But who says all miracles have to
When Greg MacAleese, a police... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
When Greg MacAleese, a police officer in Albuquerque, came up with his idea of having
Roy and Andrea had just... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Roy and Andrea had just joined the church. They were new to the community and found
If you ask most believers... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
If you ask most believers about how they express their faith, they usually mention that
John begins, as was the... -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
John begins, as was the custom of ancient letter writing, by placing the return address in
The titles we give people... -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
The titles we give people are very important. They communicate power, authority,
During the Civil War, Sherman... -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
During the Civil War, Sherman was making progress in his march to Atlanta. General

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Finding Resurrection Among Smoldering Ruins -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For April 28, 2019:
Unlocking Easter's Hope -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
This week’s lectionary gospel text opens with a stark description of the existential fear that gripp
Is It Real Or Is It Photoshop? -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
On the Second Sunday of Easter, the lectionary showcases the familiar story of the disciple Thomas a
Cogito Tute -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text features the story of "doubting" Thomas, and it raises the whole issue of do

Intercession

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Self-Giving And Self-Emptying God... -- John 20:19-31 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Prayer

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Seeing and believing -- John 20:19-31 -- Dennis Koch -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Seeing and believingGospel Note:
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 5.27-32, Psalm 2, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

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Finding Resurrection Among Smoldering Ruins -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For April 28, 2019:
Unlocking Easter's Hope -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
This week’s lectionary gospel text opens with a stark description of the existential fear that gripp
Is It Real Or Is It Photoshop? -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
On the Second Sunday of Easter, the lectionary showcases the familiar story of the disciple Thomas a
Cogito Tute -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text features the story of "doubting" Thomas, and it raises the whole issue of do
Breaking Into The Tomb -- John 20:19-31 -- George L. Murphy -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
This has been a week of troubling news out of Iraq, and many people in the pews will be feeling the
Yearning For Peace -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
The prophet Jeremiah complained about those who "treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying,

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Second Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Easter 2 -- Psalm 150 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Psalm 150 offers eloquent testimony to the power of repetition.
Easter 2 -- Psalm 118:14-29 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
This psalm, titled "A Song Of Victory," has rich associations in Christian liturgy.
Second Sunday of Easter -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
"We must obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29).
Second Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeThe resurrected Christ becomes a physical presence in the world again.
Second Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 5:27-32 (C)
Second Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- George M. Bass -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Second Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- George M. Bass -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Easter 2 -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

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Finding Resurrection Among Smoldering Ruins -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For April 28, 2019:
Unlocking Easter's Hope -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
This week’s lectionary gospel text opens with a stark description of the existential fear that gripp
Is It Real Or Is It Photoshop? -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
On the Second Sunday of Easter, the lectionary showcases the familiar story of the disciple Thomas a
Cogito Tute -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text features the story of "doubting" Thomas, and it raises the whole issue of do
Breaking Into The Tomb -- John 20:19-31 -- George L. Murphy -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
This has been a week of troubling news out of Iraq, and many people in the pews will be feeling the
Yearning For Peace -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
The prophet Jeremiah complained about those who "treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying,

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A Tale Of Two Peters -- Acts 5:27-32 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
When the curtain opens on Scene Two, we see a familiar scene.
Cracking The Code -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Have you ever seen one of those prison break movies? They all seem to follow a formula.
Believing Thomas -- John 20:19-31 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
They say history is written by the victors, but I'm not always so sure.
Those Who Doubt -- John 20:19-31 -- Donald Charles Lacy -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Christianity has always had its doubters. Sometimes it comes in open and public terms.
Jesus Brings Hope -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
The International Government of the World, or IGW, made its announcement with joy: the last Christia
Who? -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
My guess is that unless you're a fan of Elizabethan theater you've never heard of Robert Greene (156
The Life You've Always Wanted -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Charles D. Reeb -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
The other day I came across some interesting epitaphs.
Bearing The Scars -- John 20:19-31 -- Frank G. Honeycutt -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
I remember taking my first real high school date to see the movie Jaws -- that summer blockbuster fr
Alpha Dog -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
Today we begin the first of six Sundays of revelation, that is, The Revelation to John.1 Many shy aw
Obeying God Rather Than Men -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
How many times have we borne witness to this scene?
Believing Is Seeing -- John 20:19-31 -- John N. Brittain -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
I attended graduate school at St.
When The Wailing Ends -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
No cavalry rode to the rescue; this time the savior was technology. Here is how it happened.
Do Not Be Doubting But Believe! -- John 20:19-31 -- Lee Griess -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
What a week it had been for the disciples. Everything had
A Word For All Reasons -- John 20:19-31 -- John M. Braaten -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
Easter has happened.
Obedience Is An Ugly Word! -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
A man, bragging on his dog, said, "He's a fine dog. He's so smart, and obedient, too.
Colorizing Jesus -- John 20:19-31 -- Carl L. Jech -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1988
Most of us are familiar with the controversy that has been going on over the issue of "colorizing" o
The Faith Struggle -- John 20:19-31 -- Durwood L. Buchheim -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1985
Let us pray: Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.

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The Value Of Doubt -- John 20:19-31 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Several years ago, 38 members of the "Heaven's Gate" religious cult in California drank poison in
The Freedom Of The Cross -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
I shall never forget that moment on February 11, 1990 when Nelson Mandela was freed after nearly 3

Stories

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Witness to These Things -- John 20:19-31, Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
Contents "Witness to These Things" by Peter Andrew Smith
Ringing Without A Permit -- John 20:19-31, Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Contents "Ringing Without a Permit" by John Sumwalt
Witnessing To The Truth -- John 20:19-31, Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Contents"Witnessing to the Truth" by Peter Andrew Smith
A Regrettable Necessity -- John 20:19-31, Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Keith Hewitt, Craig Kelly -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "A Regrettable Necessity" by Keith Hewitt
Can There Be Any Doubt? -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 150 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Contents From the StoryShare Archives: "Can There Be Any Doubt?"
And Jesus Will Be Our Friend -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Frank R. Fisher, John S. Smylie, Constance Berg -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week

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A Time To Laugh -- John 20:19-31 -- David E. Leininger -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Easter is a time of surprises.
The Goodness Of Doubt -- John 20:19-31 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
The First Jesus Seminar -- John 20:19-31 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
No biblical character has suffered as much exegetical and theological abuse as Thomas.
Holy Coincidences -- John 20:19-31 -- John E. Sumwalt, Lee Domann -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
My mother's only brother died in March, 1983, in a car/train accident. I was devastated.
Heartfelt Prayers And A Doubting Doctor -- John 20:19-31 -- Constance Berg -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
Timmy's heart had a small hole in it.
''This Is My Body'' -- John 20:19-31 -- Richard A. Jensen -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1994
Tommy Russo tried and tried to go to church with his wife.
Easter 2 -- John 20:19-31 -- John Steward -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
A young couple fell in love in a very unique way.

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Finding Resurrection Among Smoldering Ruins -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For April 28, 2019:
Unlocking Easter's Hope -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
This week’s lectionary gospel text opens with a stark description of the existential fear that gripp
Is It Real Or Is It Photoshop? -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
On the Second Sunday of Easter, the lectionary showcases the familiar story of the disciple Thomas a
Cogito Tute -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text features the story of "doubting" Thomas, and it raises the whole issue of do
Breaking Into The Tomb -- John 20:19-31 -- George L. Murphy -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
This has been a week of troubling news out of Iraq, and many people in the pews will be feeling the
Yearning For Peace -- John 20:19-31, Revelation 1:4b-8, Acts 5:27-32 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
The prophet Jeremiah complained about those who "treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying,

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Easter 2 -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31, Psalm 118:14-29 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The Easter story is about the triumph of creativity.
Second Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Acts 5:27-32Theme: We Are Witnesses Of God's Love
Second Sunday Of Easter -- John 20:19-31 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Gospel Lesson: John 20:19-31Theme: Believing Thomas
Second Sunday Of Easter -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Revelation 1:4-8Theme: Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up!
Second Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
Theme: Witnesses To God's PowerCall To Worship
Second Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
First Lesson: Acts 5:27-32 Theme: Authority From BeyondCall To Worship
Easter 2 -- John 20:19-31 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
Liturgical Color: WhiteGospel: John 20:19-31
We are witnesses sent by God -- Acts 5:27-32 -- James R. Wilson -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let us gather this day and raise our voices in praise before God!
Easter 2 -- Psalm 2 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
Why do the nations conspire,and the peoples plot in vain?
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First Sunday in Lent - A
Dean Feldmeyer
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For March 1, 2020:
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  • Second Thoughts: What Happens in the Silence by Mary Austin — Lent’s invitation is to love the quiet the way Jesus does, and to meet up with him there.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Sandra Herrmann
The scriptures for today bind together the beginning of sin in the world, our salvation from sin, and Jesus’ own vulnerability to the temptation of the devil. We see that the devil is very clever (or that we can be very clever in fooling ourselves about our motives and the possible ramifications of our attitudes and actions).  
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Ash Wednesday - A
Mark Ellingsen
Ash Wednesday is time to stress our sorrow for sin and the way out, a chance to stimulate our awareness of sin as well as the need for and urgency of repentance, along with a Word of God’s forgiveness.

Joel 2:1-2,12-17
Ash Wednesday - A
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Joel 2:1-2,12-17 
With the Presidential Primaries starting to shift into high gear, it is time for Americans to get serious about politics and the future of our nation, to seek to right the nation’s wrongs. For John Calvin this lesson is a message of urgency that we need.  He wrote:

The object of the narrative then, is to make the people sensible, that it was now no time for taking rest... (Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol.XIV, p.44)

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Jesus sets the bar high by resisting temptation even from the imagination of the devil. To show just how amazing that accomplishment is this lesson will put temptation in each kids’ hands. You may have seen the videos of kids in a room alone with a marshmallow. They are challenged to not eat the marshmallow then left alone in the room. The kids obviously struggle with the temptation to eat the marshmallow. For this lesson you can use marshmallows or Oreos, both are relatively allergen free.
Ash Wednesday - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Lent can be an odd time for church kids. They are intuitive and can sense that something has changed. If we do not seek to explain why the mood and tone of the community has changed it can be a scary time. We talk more about death, especially Jesus dying, so we need to prepare kids for what is coming.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
David O. Bales
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"Thorough Temptation Of The Thoroughly Human" by David O. Bales
"One Man" by David O. Bales



Thorough Temptation of the Thoroughly Human
by David O. Bales
Matthew 4:1-11
Ash Wednesday - A
Peter Andrew Smith
John knocked at the door and waited. His heart was pounding in his chest and he was sweating. He wouldn’t be surprised if Suzy slammed the door into his face. What he had done to her, what he had done to their marriage, was simply unforgivable. His heart leapt when the door started to open and he froze when Suzy’s father, Mark, stood before him. From the look on his father-in-law’s face there was no doubt that he knew what John had done.

The Village Shepherd

First Sunday in Lent - A
Janice B. Scott
We in the West have an interesting culture in which we quite like to be shocked. Many of us enjoy films which are shocking to a greater or lesser degree, and it sometimes seems to be that the higher the rating, the more popular the film. Even huge natural or man-made disasters have a worrying degree of entertainment value in the way they are presented to us over and over again on our television screens. We meanwhile sit in our armchairs munching our chocolates feeling scandalised or shocked or disturbed, but seldom switching off the set.

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Ash Wednesday - A
Elizabeth Achtemeier
Sometime between 500 and 350 B.C., post-exilic Israel experienced a devastating locust plague, followed by a drought. That experience is described in Joel chapter 1. And certainly the people suffered under the dreadful effects of those disasters. But the message of the prophet Joel -- prompted not by the natural disasters, but given him as a revelation from the Lord -- is that the Israelites face a still more terrible disaster if they do not repent and return to their God. "The day of the Lord is coming, it is near" (2:1).

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