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Welcome to Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church – we are a midsized congregation in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., worshipping at the corner of Church Street and Main Street, where Faith meets Life, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Some of us would describe ourselves as progressive, others would describe ourselves as conservative; but we all would describe ourselves as welcoming, caring, and active in working to share the love of God with the community around us. We are open-minded and openhearted as we try to live faithfully in a changing world.
Doubt is the First Step
April 11, 2021
The Rev. Dr. Susan Gilbert Zencka
Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church
Texts: 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31
Some of you may be aware that this Easter story is one of my favorites, and you may remember that I think Thomas gets a bum rap here. Apparently the people who put the lectionary together thought it is an essential story because it is one of the very few Bible passages that appears all three years in the lectionary cycle—remember, the Revised Common Lectionary is the three-year calendar of Sunday Bible readings that many Christians around the world follow. And in the Revised Common Lectionary, this passage appears every year on the Sunday after Easter. I might be wrong about this, but I don’t believe there is another Sunday in the liturgical year that always has the same Gospel passage every year. So this is a big story. And this morning I’d like to discuss several dimensions of the story, and those are despair, doubt, and discipleship.
As our story opens, it is a week ago, Sunday evening on Easter, and the disciples are cowering in a locked room. Mary Magdalene has seen the Risen Jesus, Peter and the Beloved Disciple have seen the empty tomb…and yet, they are still locked in a room, fearing the political repercussions of being followers of Jesus. Perhaps they are discouraged, perhaps they are despairing. I was wondering about these words yesterday—what do they really mean? What is their origin??
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