Our Easter Worship Series throughout the next 6 weeks is: “The Glory of a Resurrected Life” based on the lectionary scriptures from the Gospel of John. Reflecting on the post-resurrection stories of Jesus, we are urged to consider a holistic understanding of what it means to be a human being living a resurrected life. Rather than separating our body and soul, distinguishing between the physical and spiritual as distinct realms of being—the Bible portrays our lives and living as an affirmation of everything that is good about being human, created as we are in the image of God. How might we live into the resurrection from this holistic perspective? How might we realize all that God created us to be while confronting the limitations of our human experience? Come and learn as we grow together into God's vision of authenticity!
Guest Preacher: Rev. Anne-Marie Zanzal
Sermon Theme: “Thomas, the Questioning Believer”
Scripture: John 20:19-31
Hebrews 11-1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Overview: Thomas thought he needed to see and touch his scars to be certain it was Jesus. In his quest for the truth he was not afraid to ask the hard questions which led him to an ever deeper faith. But, in the end, as the story is passed on, he didn’t need what he thought he did to believe. When Jesus simply stood right before him, Thomas was able to embrace the truth of who Jesus is with all of his being. The scars told part of the story, but only part of it, it seems. I wonder though. Would Thomas have gotten to that point if he hadn’t asked the questions, if he hadn’t ‘doubted’ first? What do you think? What role has ‘doubt’ played in your journey of faith?
Questions for Reflection:
1) What questions about your faith do you still need to pursue that you haven’t yet? Where might those questions lead if you only just let yourself ask them?
2) What have been the moments in your life when along with Thomas you have embraced your faith simply with the words, “My Lord and my God!” What brought you to that place in those times?
3) What have been the moments in your life when along with Thomas you have embraced your faith simply with the words, “My Lord and my God!” What brought you to that place in those times? (credit: dancingwiththeword.com)