Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Sunday Lectionary Readings for SUNDAY, April 19, 2020 — Second Sunday of Easter
Second Sunday of Easter

The Sunday Lectionary Readings
SUNDAY, April 19, 2020 — Second Sunday of Easter
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Opening Statement
To those who have not seen the risen Christ, the three New Testament readings repeat the bold good news of Easter—that death could not hold Jesus in its power. Like Thomas and the other disciples, and like the readers of 1 Peter, however, we live in the midst of trials and suffering, doubt and fear. Jesus resurrection invites us to a resilient, specially blessed faith (John 20:29b) that does not end with doubt or fear or suffering. Our readings proclaim that life is our ultimate end and Gods aim for us, and we may rejoice even now in this living hope (1 Peter 1:3).

Opening Prayer
(adapted from Acts 2, 1 Peter 1, John 20)
Stand among us once again, risen Christ, and bless us with your greeting: Peace be with you. Stand among us once again, Exalted Brother, and breathe upon us your promised Spirit. Stand among us once again, You Who Have Escaped Death, and give us new birth into your living hope. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Even though we have come through the joy of Easter and the triumphant Easter songs, yet we doubt, Lord. Like Thomas who walked the Judean countryside with Jesus, we still have trouble believing in the resurrection of Jesus. We easily slip back into the darkness of doubts. We move the joy of Easter into the past and continue in a downward path to confusion. Shine your bright light of joy upon us. Lighten our dark path. Help us to believe, even though we have not seen you, touched your hands and side. Help us to proclaim Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Do not fear, dear friends. Jesus is among us, offering us new life and hope. Nothing can prevent Gods love for us. Rejoice, for you have been made new in Christ. Amen.

The Collect
(from the Book of Common Prayers)
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 Christs 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.

Prayer of the Day
Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christs blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Reading
God fulfills the promise to David
2:14a Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: 22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:

   “‘I saw the Lord always before me.
     Because he is at my right hand,
     I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
     my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
     you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
     you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.

Fullness of joy
1  Keep me safe, my God,
     for in you I take refuge.

2  I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
     apart from you I have no good thing.”
3  I say of the holy people who are in the land,
     “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4  Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
     I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
     or take up their names on my lips.

5  Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
     you make my lot secure.
6  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
     surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7  I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
     even at night my heart instructs me.
8  I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
     With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
     my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
     nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
     you will fill me with joy in your presence,
     with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Second Reading
New birth to a living hope
1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Gospel Acclamation
(John 20:29)
Alleluia. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. Alleluia.

The Gospel
Beholding the wounds of the risen Christ
20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Here end the Readings

  • I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
  • I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
  • I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

(adapted from Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1, John 20)
In great mercy, God has given us a new birth into a living hope, for it is the risen Christ who stands in our midst and says, Peace be with you! We go forth to walk the path of new life and living hope. And may the peace of the risen Christ be with us!

Christs death and resurrection mean that we are invited to join God in his plan to redeem this broken world. Its not just a wishful idea; its a call to every follower of Jesus to change the world.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

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The Daily Lectionary for SUNDAY, April 19, 2020
Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

The Daily Prayer for SUNDAY, April 19, 2020
The Daily Prayer
SUNDAY, April 19, 2020

Lilla Watson, an aboriginal activist sister, said, “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us walk together.”

Lord of the captive and Lord of the free, fill our voices with songs that proclaim hope, joy, and justice for all creation. Guide us this day to walk alongside the oppressed as fellow sojourners. Amen.

Verse of the Day SUNDAY, April 19, 2020

1 Corinthians 15:20-22
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
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Un dia a la Vez - Domingo 19 de abril de 2020

Oración por ayuda familiar

Tú eres mi socorro y mi libertador; ¡no te tardes, Dios mío!

Señor, hoy vengo delante de ti porque sé que muchas personas están conmovidas.

Reconocen que se encuentran en vicios. Reconocen que han tratado de avanzar por sus propias fuerzas y no han podido. También hay muchas mujeres que me han pedido oración por sus hogares a punto de destrucción. Dios mío, son mujeres que quisieran dejar sus casas porque ya no resisten más abusos. Incluso, han pensado regresar a sus países con tal de no seguir sufriendo, y ver a sus hijos tristes y sin esperanza.

Te pedimos, Jesús, tu intervención milagrosa. Toca en este momento a las personas que necesitan ser libres de esas ataduras hoy mismo. Además, dales, mi Señor, la libertad que desean.

A las familias que sufren con un ser querido esta tortura de aguantar abusos, golpes e insultos, Señor, dales hoy mucha valentía y sabiduría para dar los pasos de acuerdo con tu voluntad. Glorifícate, Señor.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Oración por ayuda familiar

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Sunday, April 19, 2020

Stand firm then…with the breastplate of righteousness in place.

The soldier’s breastplate of the Roman times was to protect his vital organs. It was usually made of hardened slabs of leather or pounded bronze or a combination of both. The soldier’s rank and his country’s seal were affixed to it. It covered the soldier’s chest and stomach but not his back. So it was designed to face the enemy, not for retreat from the enemy.

Because we are waging a war against an invisible enemy, we must always be armed. Our breastplate is made not of heavy metal but is molded by the Spirit of the living God to fit us properly in our inner being. Our righteousness is not a metal front, but given by Christ to show to everyone in all our day-to-day relationships and circumstances.

Our enemy will point out your failures and shortcomings. He will try to convince you that you are unworthy to be a child of God. He is right. But your relationship with God is based on Jesus’ uprightness before God, not yours. Your sins have been wiped out. When God sees you, he sees Jesus. Stand tall before the enemy…in your breastplate of righteousness.

Mikail Khorev, a very effective evangelist in Russia, spent many years in prison for his continued public ministry. On one occasion his family was refused visiting rights and sent home. When the prison guard was taunting him about it, he replied:

“I would like to tell you that my God is fulfilling his plans through you and will use you for our blessing. I love my family very much and being together with them means a lot to me, but if it brings more honor to the Lord for us to part rather than be together, then why should I insist on seeing them? If his name is glorified more through my being in prison than through my being at liberty, then I tell you that there is no greater joy for me than to die on this prison bunk as a prisoner, as my father did and as many of my brothers in the faith have done.”

Mikhail is also quoted as saying, “I have to admit to you that prison is a very useful school for our education and for the testing of the genuineness of our faith...I’m grateful to the Lord for this school and for his leading.”

RESPONSE: Today I put on the breastplate of righteousness…protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER: Lord, may my breastplate of righteousness guard my heart from evil so I will remain pure and holy in the face of trials.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

LHM Daily Devotions April 19, 2020 - "Awake, My Heart, with Gladness"

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Awake, My Heart, with Gladness"

April 19, 2020
"The foe in triumph shouted, When Christ lay in the tomb; But lo, he now is routed, his boast is turned to gloom, For Christ again is free; In glorious victory, He who is strong to save, Has triumphed o'er the grave.

"Now hell, its prince, the devil, Of all their pow'r are shorn; Now I am safe from evil, And sin I laugh to scorn. Grim death with all its might, Cannot my soul affright; It is a pow'rless form, Howe'er it rave and storm."
Jesus' body had been taken down from the cross, prepared for burial, and sealed in a tomb. What was Satan thinking on that first Good Friday? Did the evil one, who was "a murderer from the beginning" (John 8:44b), rejoice when the Son of God was crucified? From the beginning, from Eden, Satan sought to undermine the Word and then, in time, the Word made flesh. Confronting Jesus in the wilderness, Satan tried unsuccessfully to turn the Savior from the path set before Him. The devil put betrayal into Judas' heart, and the disciple traded his Master for silver coins (see John 13:2). At His arrest in Gethsemane, Jesus, for the sake of our salvation, willingly submitted to His captors and to "the power of darkness" (Luke 22:53b).

But if the ancient serpent thought he had won, he was greatly mistaken. The devil "now is routed," our hymn proclaims, and so he was. On the first Easter morning Jesus rose from the dead "in glorious victory." Jesus took on our flesh and blood so that "through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil" (Hebrews 2:14b). The innocent Lamb of God carried our sins in His own body to the cross, the sins by which Satan had hoped to separate us from God forever. By His death and resurrection, Jesus took the power of sin and death from Satan's hand. Grim death is now "a pow'rless form, howe'er it rave and storm" against us. Jesus has "triumphed o'er the grave" and, at His return, so will we!

When the sins we have confessed still trouble us, when we doubt that we can ever be forgiven, we look to the cross and empty tomb. For there, Satan, our enemy and accuser, fell in defeat. Thrashing purposefully in his death throes, Satan still seeks to tempt us and turn us from God and His Word, but the weapons of sin and death that the enemy once wielded to such devastating effect have been torn from his grasp. "Now I am safe from evil, and sin I laugh to scorn." Our sins are forgiven, washed away in Jesus' blood. Death and the grave will not hold us because death and the grave could not hold our Lord.

"He who is strong to save has triumphed o'er the grave!"

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, by Your death and resurrection You have won the victory over sin, death, and Satan. In the power of the Holy Spirit, lead us to share with others the good news of the forgiveness and life found only through faith in Your Name. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. What did Satan hope to gain by his temptations of Jesus in the wilderness?

2. Do you believe you have a real and lasting victory over sin and the devil in your life?

3. How much of defeating Satan on a daily basis hinges on your prayer life and your trust in God?
This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Carol Geisler. It is based on the hymn, "Awake, My Heart, with Gladness."
What did Satan hope to gain by his temptations of Jesus in the wilderness?

Unser Täglich Brot - Der Fehler des Meteorologen

Der Fehler des Meteorologen

Lesung: Jeremia 23,16-22 | Die Bibel in einem Jahr: 2. Samuel 6-8; Lukas 15,1-10

Wer aber mein Wort gehört hat, verkündige es zuverlässig und wahrhaftig.

Am 21. September 1938 warnte ein junger Meteorologe das   amerikanische Wetteramt vor zwei Fronten, die einen Hurrikan    nach Norden zwangen. Aber der Prognosechef spottete über Charles Pierces Vorhersage. Sicherlich würde ein tropischer Sturm nicht so weit nördlich einschlagen.

Der Sturm war gegen 16:00 Uhr losgegangen und hatte Schiffe an Land geworfen und Häuser ins Meer gedrückt. Mehr als 600 Menschen starben. Hätten die Opfer Pierces‘ Warnung erhalten, die auf soliden Daten und detaillierten Karten basierten, hätten sie wahrscheinlich überlebt.

Das Verständnis des Wissens, wessen Wort zu beachten ist, hat in der Schrift Vorrang. Zu Jeremias Zeiten warnte Gott sein Volk vor falschen Propheten. „Hört nicht auf sie“, sagte er. „Was sie sagen, ist flüchtig wie der Wind: Sie verkündigen euch Visionen, die sie sich selbst ausgedacht haben. Ich habe ihnen keinen Auftrag gegeben“ (Jeremia 23,16). Gott sagte über sie: „Wenn sie mich wirklich kennen würden, hätten sie dem Volk die Botschaft weitergegeben, die von mir kommt“ (V. 22).

„Falsche Propheten“ sind immer noch unter uns. Experten geben Ratschläge, während sie Gott völlig ignorieren oder seine Worte verdrehen, um sie ihren Zwecken anzupassen. Aber durch sein Wort und seinen Geist hat Gott uns alles gegeben, was wir brauchen, um das Falsche vom Wahren zu unterscheiden. Während wir alles an der Wahrheit seines Wortes messen, werden unsere eigenen Worte und unser Leben diese Wahrheit für andere immer mehr widerspiegeln.
Wie verhalte ich mich, wenn ich entscheiden muss, ob etwas wahr ist? Was muss sich in meiner Haltung gegenüber denen ändern, die mit mir nicht einverstanden sind?
Herr, so viele behaupten, heutzutage für dich zu sprechen. Hilf uns zu lernen, was du wirklich zu sagen hast. Mach uns sensibel für deinen Geist, nicht für den Geist dieser Welt.

© 2020 Unser Täglich Brot
Der Sturm war gegen 16:00 Uhr losgegangen und hatte Schiffe an Land geworfen und Häuser ins Meer gedrückt. Mehr als 600 Menschen starben.