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April 9, 2018

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Good Morning All Saints’ Family,

Sunday morning was chilly and sunny. There were 7 people at the 8:00 AM service and 43 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service. It was the Second Sunday Of Easter or “Low Sunday.” The Processional Hymn was, “Awake, Arise Lift Up Your Voice” and the Sequence Hymn was, “O Sons And Daughters Let Us Sing.” The Gospel Reading was from John 20:19-31.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

We learn from this passage of Jesus revealing himself to the disciples in a locked room once when Thomas is not there and he does not believe them when they tell him. Jesus then appears a second time and Jesus tells Thomas to touch him and questions him about his belief. We must believe in the Risen Christ without seeing him, but rather by what is told to us in the Gospel readings, that he is the Messiah, the Son of God! The Offertory Anthem was, “Alleluia, Alleluia, Hearts And Voices Heavenward Raise.” The Communion Hymns were, “We Walk By Faith And Not By Sight” and “That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Good Christians All, Rejoice And Sing.”

The Coffee Hour was once again, full of chatter and laughter, as our parishioners caught up with each other. The Coffee Hour was hosted by Karrie Sheridan. There were bagels, brownies, cake and cookies for all to enjoy with their coffee and tea. It was another fabulous Sunday at All Saints’!

Have a great week and hope to see you all next Sunday!

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