April 8

  "The Incredulity of St. Thomas by Benjamin West

"The Incredulity of St. Thomas by Benjamin West

Second Sunday of Easter

10:30 a.m.

Lectionary Readings:  Psalm 133;  John 20:19-31

Sermon:   “Room for Doubt”

Text:  “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”   John 20:19

Tease:  If it’s the Sunday after Easter, the focus of our worship will be the story of Doubting Thomas. Poor Thomas.  So misunderstood!  How quickly we forget that it’s always Thomas who stands so valiantly beside Jesus.  When everyone cautions Jesus not to visit his sick friend Lazarus for fear of being arrested … it is Thomas who says, “We must go and, if necessary, die with him!”  Thomas is forever criticized for wanting to see the resurrected Jesus, for himself. But, wouldn’t we do the same?  In fact, we may just discover that Thomas has a few things to teach us about finding the risen Christ in our own lives.