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John 20:19-31 NLT

20 19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.

20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord!

21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”

22  Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came.

25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

26  Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said.

27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book.

31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.


The Message

Rev Brice Thomas

Sermon Theme: Sharing Peace in a Pandemic
Biblical Principle:

Easter is not just a day. It is a whole season of time when we remember that Jesus’ Spirit lives on in each one of us. In the Bible, the early church was described in this way: “Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.”  (Acts 2: 46-47a)


So over the next few weeks, we are following our ancestor’s traditions. We will create a “peace temple” in our hearts whether we can be physically together or not. By sharing in words and music, breathing, eating and moving together, we will stay connected to the Peace of Christ. The earliest Christians worshiped in their homes before they had churches, and so will we, until we can meet again in our sanctuaries. The Peace of Christ assures us that we are all connected through the Spirit, which makes us one in love.


Our theme scripture says, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” One way we can create peace within our community is to share how we are finding strength, hope, love and peace in these days. This is part of “breaking bread” with each other as we break open our hearts to one another as well. This week, since Jesus has said he wants us to feel peace, we’ll talk about peace throughout our Zoom prayer meetings.


Consider the sights, sounds, words, and actions, (nature, birds, taking a walk, for example) that speak as a “voice in your ear” saying, “Peace be with you.” When have you felt peace this week? Or if you haven’t experienced much peace, what memories bring you peace? We’ll take some time on Zoom to take communion together and reflect on this question.


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