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Resources for the 2nd Sunday of Easter
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

Texts & Discussion:

Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 133
1 John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31




Through the resurrection of his Son
God has redeemed you and made you his children. May he bless you with joy. Amen.

The Redeemer has given you lasting freedom.
May you inherit his everlasting life. Amen.

By faith you rose with him in baptism.
May your lives be holy,
so that you will be united with him for ever. Amen.



Children's Messages


Sermon Excerpt

Peace Be to You
based on John 20:19-31
by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel

One of the things that surprised me when I moved to a small town in upstate New York,  was how many people Iíve met who donít lock their doors.  It is not at all unusual for someone to say to me,  ďWell, Pastor if weíre not home when you get there, just go on in and sit down.  Thereís some cold pop in the frig.  So help yourself. And please help yourself to the cookies on the kitchen counter, too.Ē

I remember going over to a church memberís house not so long ago.  She  told me that she may or may not be home, but that the door would be open.  I had something that I didnít want to leave outside in the rain and so I tried the door and sure enough it was unlocked.  Not only did I walk in the back door, but her  ďwatchdogĒ nearly licked me to death.  Even thinking about that unlocked door gives me the willies.  Imagine, I just walked into that house. 

Iím just not used to unlocked doors. Itís probably because Iím from NJ: the ďlocked door stateĒ.  When I lived there, we had not one, not two, but three locks on most of the doors to our house.  There was the regular lock that was part of the doorknob.  But we also installed a dead bolt in case someone jimmied the first lock.  And we also installed a chain, so you could open the door a little, but still be safe.  But that wasnít all.  We also had a peep hole too, so that we wouldnít have to unlock the door to see who was there.  But thereís more!  We also installed one of those motion lights that come on if anyone approaches the door.  We decided, if we were going to be robbed that we werenít going to make it easy for the intruder! Weíd make them work for it.. 

To this day, I have a  nightly door locking ritual.  I usually check the doors more than once, because I canít remember if I locked them or not.  You know how that is.  Youíre lying in bed  thinking, ďDid I or didnít I?Ē  And finally you just get up to check to see if the door is locked, because you cant fall asleep worrying about it.   Now some people might think Iím paranoid- who knows, maybe I  am. But not without cause.  Iíve been robbed.  So thank goodness for locks.  Yes, locked doors give us a great sense of security. 

The reading that weíve just heard from Johnís gospel, the lectionary reading for the day is about locked doors and locked hearts.  Itís about doubt and itís about faith.  Letís spend some time together discovering what the text has to say to us about living our lives in doubt and in faithfulness.... Subscribers: Click here for the full manuscript.

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