04/16/23 Weekly Worship

We are glad that you are here this morning. We hope this time of worship nurtures
your faith enlivens your spirit and engages your mind as we celebrate God’s
love and healing for the world with the resurrection of Christ, our Risen Lord.

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READ THE SERMON

April 16, 2023  | 2nd Sunday of Easter

Pastor Denise Clark-Jones

“THE MOST POWERFUL WITNESS”

Today’s scripture readings focus on the responses of those who have now received word of, or witnessed themselves the Risen Christ, highlighting their responses to life in light of the good news of Easter. Being a witness is one of the underlying themes in the texts. During the Easter season, we have readings from the Book of Acts, written by the author of Luke’s gospel. In today’s reading, Peter speaks to a Jewish audience gathered in Jerusalem. He remembers the Hebrew Scriptures’ prophecies of the promised Messiah and the foretelling of the gift of the Holy Spirit with quotes from Isaiah and Joel. We hear in our gospel reading, as we do every Sunday after Easter, the story of “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas is the last living disciple of the original twelve to see the risen Christ. After Jesus appears before him and invites Thomas to touch him, he blesses all those who believe, yet have not been able to see or touch the resurrected Lord. For the author of 1 Peter, the Church is the witness to the living hope of the Resurrection, continuing in the world as Christ’s body.

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