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Scripture:  John 20:19-31
[ Summary:
Together, we see Resurrected Jesus. ]


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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • I have a question for you: Have you ever missed out on something? (if there are answers skip next line)
  • [if no one gives any answers, say...] For instance, maybe there was a birthday party you couldn't go to or a soccer game that you couldn't play in because you were out of town?
  • You know, this question reminds me of something I would miss quite a lot when I was your age (and actually still do).
  • I'd be with a bunch of people, but I'd be thinking about something while everyone else would be talking.
  • And then EVERYONE would laugh.   
  • But because I wasn't paying attention, I wouldn't know why everyone was laughing.
  • So I'd ask someone, "What happened? Why's everyone laughing?"
  • But they would be laughing too much to tell me.
  • And then I'd get mad because they wouldn't tell me what was so funny.
  • But really, it was my fault for not paying attention in the first place, wasn't it?


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • So in today's scripture story, we hear that the same thing happened to the disciple, Thomas.
  • Jesus told the disciples to stay together after he was crucified. So that’s what the disciples did.
  • But Thomas didn't. He didn't stay together with the other disciples.
  • And because Thomas is not there with the other disciples, Thomas misses out.
  • He misses seeing Resurrected Jesus.
  • But when he finds out what he missed, he doesn’t say, "I messed up by not paying attention to what Jesus told me to do."
  • Nope. Instead, Thomas tells the other disciples, "I don't believe you! I don’t believe that you saw Resurrected Jesus!"
  • So Thomas in that moment is just like me when I was younger -- he's getting mad at everyone else, even though it’s his own fault for not paying attention.


SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • But guess what?
  • Thomas learns from his mistake.
  • He decides to pay better attention to what Jesus told him to do.
  • Thomas re-joins the disciples.
  • And, because he re-joins the disciples, we hear that Thomas then sees Resurrected Jesus!  
  • Pretty cool, right? And the good news for today is that the same thing that was true for Thomas is also true for us.
  • We too are invited to follow Jesus, together.
  • We too are invited to learn what Jesus taught, together.
  • We too are invited to pray like Jesus prayed, together.
  • And when we do these things, together, we are a lot better at knowing and understanding who Jesus is.
  • In other words, when we gather together to learn about Jesus, we are then better able to see Jesus.
  • And that’s the Good News for today


CLOSING Prayer

  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,

Dear God,


Thank you for each other…

Thank you for each other…


…and for how we can help each other…

…and for how we can help each other…


…better see and know…

…better see and know…


…Jesus and you.  

…Jesus and you.  


Thank you and Amen   



Posted April 3, 2015
Written by Nathanael Vissia


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Written for Sunday, April 12, 2015

Second Sunday of Easter

Lectionary Year B

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