April 19th, 2019

Call to Worship

(inspired by John 20:24-29)

Thomas said:

“Unless I see the mark of the nails
and put my hand in his side,
I will not believe.”

We are often skeptical people,
driven by our senses,
relying on that which we can hear, see or prove.

Our Lord asks us to see the invisible,
to trust in the spirit, to have faith.
Lord, give us faith!

Sometimes we get carried away by our emotions,
by wishful thinking
and by popular trends that pull us in.

Lord, help us to be bold in our beliefs,
but also careful as Thomas was.
Move us beyond mere trust in ordinary things
and open our eyes for spiritual realities.

Jesus said: “Blessed are those who have not seen
and yet have come to believe.”


Responding to God’s Word

Today, can you and I look at the God made known in Jesus and declare “God, I trust you with everything.”

What uncertainties in your life today provide opportunities to follow and trust God in faith?

Supporting Central

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  • Call to Worship used today written by Pastor Andreas Wagner and posted on Modern Liturgist. http://modernliturgist.org/
  • The Bible Project provides a lot of great content and video based Bible Studies that other have found useful for personal and group study. You can learn more and see resources here.
  • Many in our congregation are using First 15 as a devotional resource. There are several different ways you can gain access to the First15 devotional.
    Email – you can subscribe to First15’s email list and have an email waiting for you each morning when you wake up. You can sign up directly on their website: https://www.first15.org/
    App – you can download the First15 app on your iPhone or Android mobile device by searching in the App Store for First15.
    Podcast – daily devotions are also available through Apple podcasts and Spotify.