04-18-2021: “You are Witnesses”

~ The Presbyterian Church ~


Gatesville, Texas

April 18, 2021

(3rd Sunday of Easter)

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord” – Psalm 31:24.


Greeting and Announcements

Call to Worship: (Responsively)

Pastor: “Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me and answer me.

People: When you said, ‘Seek ye my face,’ my heart said unto you, ‘Your face, Lord, will I


Pastor: Jesus stands among us and says, “Peace be with you.” We look at his hands and feet;

he eats broiled fish in our presence.

People: He opens our minds to understand the scriptures. Through Christ we are called

children of God.

Pastor: When Christ is fully revealed we will be like him.

People: He is what we shall be. Alleluia!


Prayer of Adoration

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

God of the Covenant, repeatedly we have rejected Christ, have handed him over to death. We have denied him, betrayed him. People deceive us away from you. You open our minds to understand the Scriptures, but then we snap our minds shut. You make us witnesses, but we close our eyes. We are guilty of lawlessness. For the sake of the Risen Messiah, forgive us. We repent and turn to you so that our sins may be wiped out. Amen.

Words of Assurance


Prayer for Illumination

Lesson from the Psalms of the Old Testament: Psalm 4

Lesson from the Epistles of the New Testament: Acts 3:12-19

“The Word of our Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Lesson from the Gospels: Luke 24:36b-48

“The Gospel of the Lord,” “Thanks be to God”

Sermon: “You are Witnesses”

~ A moment for silent reflection and meditation will follow the sermon ~

Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)


Presentation of Gifts & Offerings

Prayer of Dedication


Charge and Benediction

Remember: “Feed Your Faith – Never Your Fear!”

“Believing Without Seeing”

John 20:19-31 (28-29)

Summary: On the day of Jesus’s return we will see him, in person, face to face. Until that great day, we are those who have not seen, yet believe. We are those who have not touched and seen and heard.

I. Introduction.

II. The Faith of Someone Who Saw.

A. Background.

B. Jesus Appears with His Wounds.

C. The Doubt of Thomas?

D. Don’t You Want to See the Scars???

E. What Do We Need to Do?

III. The Faith of Those Who Have Not Seen.

A. More Doubt in Our Time.

B. What About Us?

C. The Word Dispels Doubt.

1. Faith and Unbelief.

2. Unconfessed Sin.

3. We Should Doubt Our Doubts – Believe Our Beliefs!

IV. Conclusion.

~ April Announcements ~

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN. The Ladies will meet at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, April 13, in the Fellowship Hall for the Bible study and lunch TBD. All ladies are welcome.

SESSION MEETING. The Session will meet 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 14 in the Fellowship Hall.

CHURCH DINNER. Everyone is invited to the monthly dinner, Sunday, April 18 immediately following the worship service. Folks we have not enjoyed one of these dinners for over a year due to COVID, so please join us for great food and warm fellowship. There will be specific measures to serve us our food. Our hosts are Gail and Emily Johnson. Bring a neighbor.

BIRTHDAY FUND. Several years ago, the Birthday Fund was established to raise funds to use in our community mission outreach. Each birthday celebrant was to donate a dollar for each year celebrated. Please consider donating to this gracious fund when you celebrate your birthday. Feel free to designate your gift.

~ Revival ~

The Presbyterian Church and the First United Methodist Church of Gatesville will co-host an old fashioned “tent revival” (without the tent and folding chairs) to be held Sunday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 28 at 6:30 PM each evening. The theme of the revival is “Restore Our Joy”. The services will alternate between the churches beginning with the Presbyterians (Sunday), Methodists (Monday), Presbyterians (Tuesday), and concluding with the Methodists (Wednesday). Rev. Schmidt will preach at each Presbyterian service and Rev. Dr. Wheat will do so at each Methodist service. Special music and light refreshments are planned for each night. Come and re-discover your joy! Bring a neighbor!