Second Sunday of Easter

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery hast established the new covenant of reconciliation:  Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of  Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen

Acts 2:4, 22-32 . . . Peter preaches the fundamental message of the resurrection.
Psalm 16 . . . A song of the Refugee: a sophisticated understanding of idolatry
1Peter 1:3-9 . . . the new birth Christians have received through baptism which brings them a living hope through Jesus’ resurrection and an imperishable inheritance
John 20:19-31 . . . two appearance of the risen Lord to his disciples
Sermon

“Poor Thomas. He’s been called the doubter, the skeptic. Jesus seems to chastise him for having to see in order to believe,” begins MaryAnn McKibben Dana. In the Gospel reading, today, we learn about how Jesus handles a “skeptic” in the ranks. Dana says, “The word for faith and the word for doubt comes from the same Greek root. It’s as if they are two sides of the same coin. It’s as if you can’t have one without the other.” Listen as Dana explores the concept of wrestling with doubt and how normal it is to be like Thomas.

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