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1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God's power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. 9As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.
19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." 28Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" 29Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
Observe Earth Day Sunday Today! This Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Make it a no TV day. Encourage more time in the fresh air. Plan a family outing in the park, go for a walk or plan some outdoor games. Think about making it a weekly family tradition!
The Mission Committee will be volunteering at Midwest Food Bank again on Monday April 20, 2020, from 6–8 p.m. We need a group of up to 20 volunteers. Children 10 years or older are able to help as long as they are accompanied by their parent. Everyone also needs to have closed toed shoes. Please contact Rob and Shawna Mahnke if you are available to help.
The Wednesday night bible study will resume Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m. Those interested in participating should contact the church office for contact information.
The OSLC Mission Committee, in consultation with church council, is moving forward with hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon in the fellowship hall. Because of COVID-19, the American Red Cross have added additional measures to keep all safe. If you are interested in being a blood donor, you can either sign-up from the OSLC website, online through the Red Cross website, or by contacting the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, blood supplies are critically low and the Red Cross has a critical need for healthy, willing blood donors. See the church website for additional details.