Grace and Peace and Happy Earth Day!
You know the story of Thomas. He told the other disciples that he wouldn't believe that Jesus had been resurrected unless he could see and touch where the nails had been and where his side had been pierced. This has earned him the moniker, Doubting Thomas.
How easy is it to label someone? We seem to do it all the time. When we have a coworker who doesn’t complete a project on time, we call them a procrastinator. When a neighbor lets the weeds grow wild and rarely mows the yard, we call them lazy. When a classmate calls us friend, then talks about us behind our backs, we call them a traitor.
Haven’t we done as those other 10 apostles did — branded this missing disciple, Doubting Thomas? This Sunday, let us consider Thomas from a different perspective. Not Doubting Thomas but rather Thomas Doubting.
In his solitude from the community of believers, his faith waned. Paul tells us that as believers we're intertwined or knitted together into one structure, one body that is held together and that “grows into a temple sacred in the Lord.” It's our job to be that glue as we try to be more caring, responsible members of the body for our good and the good of our families, communities, nation and world.
Join us for worship this Sunday @ 8:30, 9:30 and 11:00