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Sunday 19th April 2020

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The Season of Easter lasts for 7 weeks, all the way to Pentecost.  During it, we think of the various post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus.  

So during this time, our church bells remind us that we are still engaged with the Easter story.  
Played by Anne Derrick



Second Sunday in Easter

Hymn 411     Christ the Lord is risen today

Prayer    inspired by John 20:19-31)

Holy God, Lover of your children:
the tomb has been opened,
and we dance into your future.
Your life has dawned on us,
and we surround you with our praise.
You reach out your hand,
and lead us into joy.

Jesus Christ, Faithful Witness:
you pick open the locked doors
of our hearts
and come in to be with us forever.
You breathe peace into our souls,
so we may bring healing
to a troubled world

Holy Spirit, Breath of Peace:
you show us our hearts,
so we may give love to others.
You show us our hands,
sending us to serve the needy.
You show us your hope,
so we may live in your joy.

written by Thom M. Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies. http://

From John’s Gospel chapter 20

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

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.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas
24  Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), 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!”

Hymn 412     The strife is o'er


Saint Thomas the Apostle,
Diego Velázquez 1619

Prayer in time of crisis

Lord Jesus,
In the midst of a storm,
You said, ‘Peace be still.’
Bid our anxious fears subside,
Sustain your church in faith, hope and love,
Bring our nation, and our world through this tumult,
Grant wisdom to those with heavy responsibilities,
And healing and hope to those who are infected.

Hymn 415       This joyful Eastertide


Christ was raised from the dead
by the glorious power of the Father.
Set out, then, on a new life with Christ.
And the blessing of God almighty,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Be with you this day, and through all the days to come. Amen.


7 thoughts on “Sunday 19th April 2020

  1. Drew Lowe

    Enjoyed the comforting service bringing us together and still feeling part of the Old Parish Church. Thank you, John, for your reflections and thanks to all who made this possible.

  2. Karen Ritchie

    The bells at the beginning welcoming us, the reflection by video and the voluntary at the end - give us a reassuring sense of Peebles Old as we know it in these uncertain times.Thanks again everyone for bringing this service to us.

  3. Revd Pamela Strachan, OLM

    It has been wonderful to hear the bells, the familiar organ and to see again the beautiful interior of the Old Parish. Thank you, Anne and Sarah - and thank you too, John, for your words of reflection and leading our worship.
    From isolation in NZ to isolation now in a remote bothy, it is so good to be joined with you all in worship - albeit remotely.
    Thank you to all who brought this service to us.
    Revd Pamela Strachan, OLM


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