Happy Sunday from St. John’s on “the low Sunday,” aka “Doubting Thomas Sunday,” aka the Second Sunday of Easter. Our church yard is gorgeous today – the buttercups are back in force, the rhododendrons are vividly blooming and full, my office window is FILLED with white blooms. The birds and bees are rummaging around the yard and new life abounds. We had a good worship as we held our first lemonade on the lawn after worship and enjoyed sunshine with a nice breeze. We pray your Eastertide journey continues with signs of new life and grace.
We gathered in worship and were reminded of the new covenant in Christ, the covenant of reconciliation. God’s gift of Christ on the cross serves as a sign of our continuing relationship with God for all eternity. Our Psalmist sang the song that affirms God as our strength and salvation. Because we live there is nothing greater for us to do than to declare the truth of God’s works in our lives and in our community. Our reading from the Revelation to John reminds us that we are freed from our sin and those things that separate us from God. In the lesson from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter was on trial for preaching in the name of the risen Christ. He told his accusers that there was only one thing he could do, no matter what they threatened, to tell the truth of Christ risen from the dead. Our sermon was loosely focused on the gospel from John, often referred to as the Doubting Thomas gospel. In this, the gospeler relates Jesus’ promise, that fear, while very human, should not have the last say. He assures his disciples (and us) that because he was raised from the dead all his other promises must also be true. Our acknowledging our fears in life help us build community – with others just like us.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-28; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31
Video of service: https://youtu.be/N_iVDfDPd4M
Video of sermon: https://youtu.be/8EqGsqm7dAg