Last week we celebrated Easter Sunday. This Sunday we continue in the season of Easter, looking at what Jesus’ disciples learned when they were hiding behind closed doors, and especially what disciple Thomas came to more fully comprehend. What can all this teach us about our own faith?
We are especially grateful today to be able to share the words of Ms. Marjorie Hill, who served in India as a missionary for over 40 years. She tells of the special ways the message of Thomas’ ministry have grown up in India, giving account of his work as he went out into the world to share the Good News of a risen Savior.
We hope you will join us as we worship, pray, sing, and praise God this week in worship, 24 minutes, Whether you are worshipping as one, or in a group, as we come together we are the people of God together--and so glad that you are part.
As we do every week, our time together includes a time of communion (breaking of the bread) where you may choose to participate, or simply meditate as we tell of Jesus' invitation to "do this in remembrance of me." We believe that Christ extends the invitation to all, and that we come not because we are wholly righteous, but that we are redeemed.
If you would like to share with us at the table we ask that you prepare a piece of a type of bread for you, and a drink such as grape juice, wine, or water. As we pray, our prayers are given to extend to where you are.
If you are unable to eat or drink, you may want to use a symbolic gesture or mental symbol as you come together at this table of remembrance with us. (Scroll down for an Order of Worship)
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from being part. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that are always open, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening background music: “He Lives”
2. Welcome: Pastor Bob
3. Opening hymn: “He Lives”
4. Prayer, Pastor Ann, background music: “Wind Through the Olive Trees"
5. Hymn: “Seek Ye First”
6. Scripture: John 20:19-31 (NRSV)
7. Message: “Fearless Thomas by Marjorie Hill
8. Hymn: “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord” Dean Phelps
9. Communion: Elder Susan
10. Hymn: “We Have Been Redeemed” by Audrey Borschel
11. Sending out
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, including talking more about belief in God, becoming a Christian or following Christ, or living as a disciple of Christ, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us using the contact information on our website, disciplesnet.org, or our Facebook page, DisciplesNet Church.
INVITATION TO GIVING:
DisciplesNet Church is a not-for-profit church that exists to cross barriers and boundaries to share the Good News of God's redeeming love. We rely on the gifts of our online viewers as we continue to grow and extend our nets around the world.
We also extend the invitation for you to be part of the DisciplesNet ministry by giving a one-time gift, or ongoing, including a tithe. Even the smallest of gifts, like the mustard seed, has a way of growing in amazing ways to share God's word and the love of Jesus Christ. We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org, and email address: email@example.com
ABOUT OUR DISCIPLES SHEEP:
You may notice in our videos that we have various stuffed sheep with us in worship. To us, these are not toys, but important parts of our church.
It happened this way: When we began producing worship as DisciplesNet in November 2010, one of the first problems we recognized was that when we are speaking to the people on the other end of a camera and internet, we cannot actually see the people to whom we were speaking. It was easy to speak to the other pastors in the room, but as we prayed and preached and spoke, we instead wanted to be reminded of the people for whom we were serving—including people whose best way to attend worship might be online. We wanted to be speaking to them---and as best we could hearing and telling their stories.
So, on a whim, we set some sheep that we’d used for a children’s sermon in front of our speakers, and found that helped! Before we knew it, their number was growing. They spilled over onto the table as we spoke. They have become dear to us and no longer children’s toys— but representations of all of the sheep of God’s pasture, all of God’s children—the real people like you, whom we may not be able to see in real life, but wish never to forget are there, and are each and everyone loved by God more than we can ever comprehend. Those sheep are why we are here.
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!