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Resources for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, you have no fish, have you?" They answered him, "No."

John 21:4/5

St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

Call to Worship

Leader: Christ, Godís gift to the world, shall come.
People: For those who feel despair will know hope.
Leader: For those who are oppressed will know freedom
People: For those who are lonely will know love.
Leader: For those who are suffering will know inner peace.
People: O Christ, Lord of the world, your time is now!
All: Fill our hearts with joy!


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Children's Messages

Sermon Excerpt

Seeing with New Eyes
Acts 9:1-20
by Rev. Randy Quinn 

Before I read the text for today, I want to give you a little background on the two characters in the text: The first has been groomed by the politicians of his day to become a key leader in the upcoming generation.  He had been a good student -- a brilliant student who was taught by some of the most well known scholars of his day.  He had been trained in Greek as well as in Hebrew (Acts 22:3).  He knew his culture, his background, his history, and his society.  He could look at a person and see things others would overlook.

He had been born in what is now Turkey, but educated in Jerusalem.  He was a recognized 'rising star' in the religious community.

The second character is much more obscure.  In fact, we only know of him from the story in this text.  He was apparently a regular member of the local synagogue.  He apparently did his best to comply with the Jewish law.  And he apparently had become a believer in Jesus.  He was a devout person who was well respected in his community (Acts 22:12) -- something that could be said for most of us here today.

Both of these men had something in common, though.  And what they had in common, I think is common among many of us, too.  Both of the men in our text today had a limited idea about the ways God can work.

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I'd like to suggest that both Saul and Ananias had each developed a sense of blindness that could only be healed by the voice of God.

§ Over the years, what they had been taught to see affected their vision.

§ Over the years, what they had been taught to see clouded their eyes to the truth around them.

§ Over the years, what they had been taught to see became like cataracts that needed to be removed before the truth could be understood and proclaimed.

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