We continue in our sermon series “Forward in Faith” and today we once again walked with Thomas through that first Easter and his eight day wait to see the risen Jesus. The music today was just wonderful. We have a quartet sing John Rutters “Look at the World,” and the Gathering band sang All Sons and Daughters, ” Oh How I Need You.”
We opened with a prayer from Reverend Ted Crass. It was read with three voices and I believe set up beautifully worship today as we continue to live into these hard times. I know and believe Christ is with us. As we were winding down on time I cut the last paragraph of my sermon, but I still would like to share it:
In the words of the song earlier: Lord I find you in the seeking, Lord I find you in the doubt, and to know you is to love you I need you, Oh how I need you….In this knowing and doubting and loving, we need Jesus. And others look to us to seek to know and to find that Jesus is real and that Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed. Does what we say point to Jesus crucified and risen? Do our actions point to Jesus, crucified and risen? Or is what we do and what we say meaningless. Do we love? Do we offer grace? Do we treat every person as a beloved child of God? This week my friends: know this, Believe this: we are restless until we find our rest in Jesus. We need God, oh how we need God. The God that raised Christ who raised him, not perfect but wounds intact, is with us in this time of pandemic, God is with us at home, at work, God is with us when we are overwhelmed and frustrated, God is with us.
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