Pastor’s Pen – May 2015

Written by Pastor's Pen - May 4, 2015 0 Comments

The Pastor’s Pen, May 2015

For me, one of the most powerful stories of the Easter season is the one that is traditionally read on the Second Sunday of Easter, the story of Doubting Thomas.  It’s found in the 20th chapter of John.

You remember the story.  On Easter evening Jesus appears to the disciples who, out of fear, are hiding behind locked doors.  With Jesus’ appearance, the disciples discover that the news brought by the women earlier that day is true:  Jesus really is alive!  Thomas, however, is not with the disciples when Jesus appears.  Even when they tell him that they have seen the Lord, he does not believe.

One week later Thomas and the other disciples are together.  Jesus again appears, and Thomas, seeing the risen Jesus, is led to faith.  As Jesus shows him his hands and his side, Thomas exclaims, “My Lord and my God!”

Part of what I find so significant about this story is that it’s when Thomas is with the group that Jesus appears to him.  When he is apart from the group he misses out, but when he is with the group he is able to see Jesus.

Isn’t that so often how it is for us?  When, for whatever reason, we drift away from the church, our faith can begin to waver.  But when we stay connected to the church, our faith has a chance to grow.  Like with Thomas, Jesus often appears to us when we are part of the community.

If you are actively involved in the life of our congregation, I encourage you to continue your involvement.  Even as we head into the summer, stay connected.  And if your involvement is less than what you think God would like it to be, I invite you to make a change.  Through worship and in other ways, take advantage of the community of believers that God has provided for you here at St. Andrew.

Jesus meets us in community.  That’s one of the most important truths we can learn in our life-long journey of faith.  Don’t separate yourself from the community.  Instead, actively join in.  As you do, you can be sure that both you and others will be blessed.

See you in worship!

Pastor Selbo

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