Blessings to you as we have been blessed by the chance to worship on a wonderful day in Chuckatuck. After a stormy night, the morning broke with sunshine and a steady breeze. There was nice, albeit a little smaller than last week, gathering for worship. Not uncommon, being “Thomas’ Sunday” but we were blessed to gather to celebrate our life in community.
In worship, our collect served as reminder that our covenant with God means that we have been reborn into the family of believers through Christ’s sacrifice. Because we are in God’s family, we are called to profess without lives what we believe Christ has done for creation. Our Psalm asks us to live in unity, because that is what pleases God – that we cooperate to do God’s work. Our reading from the first letter of John introduces the themes of God being light and that darkness cannot live in God. His Epistle also reminds us that the Holy Spirit is our Advocate when we fall. John’s gospel tells the story of Thomas and Jesus’ revelation on two occasions to the disciples. Today’s sermon focused on our reading from Acts, that the disparate believers were able to find unity and fellowship that honored all members of the community. Acts also reminds us that we, as ones who carry God’s message today, are tasked with testifying to the life-giving grace as promised in the resurrection of Jesus on the first Easter. Where do you share God’s life-giving grace in the diversity of all believers?
I invite your comments,
Readings: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31
Video of worship: https://youtu.be/Z-LceT0FEwg