Celtic Worship Service: Second Sunday of Easter: 11 April 2021

Grace and Peace to you, this Second Sunday of Easter, 11 April 2021. Special thanks to our musicians who played for our Celtic service: Chris Dunn, Kristin Stambaugh, Heather Kangas, and John Kinser.

Order of Worship: April 11, 2021

Gathering Music: “Inisheer” and “The Musical Priest.” Traditional Irish.


Gathering Hymn: ELW 793- “Be Thou My Vision,” verses 1, 2, & 4.

Thanksgiving for Baptism

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Refreshed by the resurrection life we share in Christ, let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.

We thank you, risen Christ, for these waters where you make us new, leading us from death to life, from tears to joy. We bless you, risen Christ, that your Spirit comes to us in the grace-filled waters of rebirth, like rains to our thirsting earth, like streams that revive our souls, like cups of cool water shared with strangers. Breathe your peace on your church when we hide in fear. Clothe us with your mercy and forgiveness. Send us companions on our journey as we share your life. Make us one, risen Christ. Cleanse our hearts. Shower us with life. To you be given all praise, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God, now and forever.


Opening Song: WOV 778- “O Christ the Same,” verses 1 & 3.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection. By the grace of Christ among us, enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


First Reading: Acts 4:32-35

While the apostles testified to others about the resurrection of Jesus, the early Christian community shared what they owned or sold their possessions to help their fellow believers who were in need.

32Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Celtic Alleluia (WOV #613)

Gospel: John 20:19-31

The story of Easter continues as the risen Jesus appears to his disciples. His words to Thomas offer a blessing to all who entrust themselves in faith to the risen Lord.

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 Thomas 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.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon: Pastor Christopher Lee

Hymn of the Day: ELW 611- “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say,” verses 1 & 3.

Blessing of the Quilts

Prayers of Intercession

Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.

You shower your church with grace, O God. Unite the whole church on earth, so that with one heart it testifies to the resurrection of Jesus Christ with power and love. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You proclaim the blessing of life forevermore. Like dew upon the mountains, refresh your creation. Restore waters, cleanse the air, and provide revitalizing moisture to parched land. Give your whole creation the promise of new life. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You direct the nations, O God. Guide all in authority, that they shepherd their peoples in the ways of your love. Defeat in us our impulse to war. Bestow the peace of Christ upon those in authority and breathe upon them the Holy Spirit. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You place within the heart of the church a spirit of sharing. Give us the power of your generous Spirit, that we provide for the needs of others. Announce your peace to those who are lonely, hurting, suffering, or afraid especially Mary Florence; Patrick Esping; Wayne Esping; Mary Guise; Marilyn Hubbard; Rick Sandway; Nancy Johnson; Ryan Holtan; Helen Schubert, and all those we name before you now aloud or in our hearts. Grant them respite and renewal. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You give us fellowship with one another in this faith community. Shine the light of the risen Christ in our life together, so that we live in love for one another and our joy may be complete. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You share the gift of eternal life. In thanksgiving and remembrance, we recall the lives and gifts of those who now live in endless joy. Unite us with them in resurrection hope. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In the hope of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Great Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer


Wellspring of joy, through this meal you have put gladness in our hearts. Satisfy the hunger still around us, and send us as joyful witnesses, that your love may bring joy to the hearts of all people, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


May our glorious God grant you a spirit of wisdom to know and to love the risen Lord Jesus. The God of life, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.

Sending Hymn: ELW 547- “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing,” both verses.


Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia! Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Postlude: “Mari’s Wedding.” Traditional Scottish.

Facebook link to the Celtic Worship Service, April 11, 2021:


Image credits: Clover photo by Pixabay; Celtic Service at First Lutheran (April 11, 2021), by Therese Guise; and Celtic Cross, 2 getdrawings.com

Music credits:

Celtic Ensemble: Chris Dunn (guitar and vocals); Kristin Stambaugh (violin); Heather Kangas (concertina); and John Kinser (kit drum and bodhran).

“Inisheer” and “The Musical Priest.” Traditional Irish.

“Be Thou My Vision.” Text: Irish, 8th cent.; vers. Eleanor H. Hull, 1860 – 1935, alt.; tr. Mary E. Byrne, 1880 – 1931. Music: Irish traditional. Public domain.

“O Christ the Same.” Text: Timothy Dudley-Smith, b.1926. Music: Irish tune, arr. John Barnard, b. 1948. Text copyright 1984 and arr. copyright 1982 Hope Publishing Co.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Celtic Alleluia.” Music: Fintan O’Carroll and Christopher Walker. Music copyright 1985 Fintan O’Carroll and Christopher Walker, admin. OCP Publications. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.” Text: Horatius Bonar, 1808 – 1889. Music: English folk tune. Public domain.

“Sent Forth By God’s Blessing.” Text: Omer Westendorf, 1916 – 1997, alt.. Music: Welsh folk tune. Text copyright 1964 World Library Publications. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Mari’s Wedding.” Traditional Scottish.

Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Reprinted/ streamed with permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006904. Duplication in any form is prohibited without permission or valid license from the copyright administrator.