Central United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

To Believe the Unbelievable
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
April 23, 2017
      

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DESCRIPTION PRESENTER(s) START TIME
"Fairest Lord Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring Sean Stafford, Roger Richards 0:30
Greeting Pastor Michelle 1:30
Announcements Knud Hansen 2:30
We Are Called to Worship Knud Hansen 6:35
"Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise" Song # 312 7:57
A Time for the Child in All of Us Pastor Michelle 12:7
Easter Hymns with Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary Connie Lamondo 16:34
1 Peter 1:3-9 Deb Fisher 19:34
"This Joyful Eastertide" Connie Lamondo 22:54
"Love Diving, All Loves Excelling" Song # 384 27:20
Pastoral Prayer, Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 32:32
John 20:19-31 Pastor Michelle 41:50
The Sermon Pastor Michelle 44:50
"We Walk By Faith" Song # 2196 56:01
The Blessing Pastor Michelle 58:51

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Scripture

1 Peter 1:3-9   The Message (MSG)

A New Life

3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

John 20:19-31   The Message (MSG)

To Believe

19-20 Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.

20-21 The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.”

22-23 Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”

24-25 But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.”

But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”

27 Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”

28 Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”

29 Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”

30-31 Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.

The Message (MSG)

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