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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

   

 

Blessing

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.

 

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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 I’ve met who don’t lock their doors.  It is not at all unusual for someone to say to me,  “Well, Pastor if we’re not home when you get there, just go on in and sit down.  There’s some cold pop in the frig.  So help yourself. And please help yourself to the cookies on the kitchen counter, too.”

I remember going over to a church member’s 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 didn’t 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  “watchdog” nearly licked me to death.  Even thinking about that unlocked door gives me the willies.  Imagine, I just walked into that house. 

I’m just not used to unlocked doors. It’s probably because I’m from NJ: the “locked door state”.  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 wasn’t all.  We also had a peep hole too, so that we wouldn’t have to unlock the door to see who was there.  But there’s 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 weren’t going to make it easy for the intruder! We’d 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 can’t remember if I locked them or not.  You know how that is.  You’re lying in bed  thinking, “Did I or didn’t I?”  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 I’m paranoid- who knows, maybe I  am. But not without cause.  I’ve been robbed.  So thank goodness for locks.  Yes, locked doors give us a great sense of security. 

The reading that we’ve just heard from John’s gospel, the lectionary reading for the day is about locked doors and locked hearts.  It’s about doubt and it’s about faith.  Let’s 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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