A 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.” Then 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.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” –John 20.26-29
- Do your actions cause your beliefs, or do you beliefs cause your actions?
- Have you ever wanted to hide yourself from the world? What kept you from doing it?
- Why do you think Thomas wasn’t with the other disciples on Jesus’ first appearance?
- Do you see Thomas as an example of what it means to have faith, or an example of someone who has to learn what faith really is?
We’re all aware of how challenging learning can be when things aren’t what we’re used to. Learning new lessons, learning what’s important, is one of the essential things a situation where life is upended can offer us, the trick is are we capable of learning it. We are glad that we can still gather together on Zoom and we hope you’ll join us if you haven’t already. We’ve missed getting to be together so come join us at 6 pm so we can be together, because without you, like without Thomas, our community is incomplete. You can download our bulletin here.
A Prayer for we’re supposed to be happy
(adapted from St. Martin in the Fields, London)
God of today and forever, at Easter you show us love is stronger than death. Inscribe in our lives glimpses of resurrection; bring to the weary heart strains of zestful rejuvenation; breathe into dry bones the limbering pulse of new beginning. Teach us the discipline of joy, that even when all around us seems discouraged, your Spirit may lift our hearts as yeast enlivens dough. In sure and certain hope that, whatever happens, you will be with us always; through Christ our son our risen Lord. Amen.