Where’s the Creek ? ? (“there is Life After Easter” edition)
“April showers, bring May flowers”! Well sometimes this saying works when the plantings of late March yield a meadow of flowers when the rain falls “right”. The “Hosannas” of Palm Sunday echo no more. The “Alleluias” of Easter are fading as the “Eastertide” moves toward Pentecost. The incredible “empty tomb” sets in motion a transition in the lives of Jesus’ followers. Through April we will see seedling faith watered “just right” as we read Gospel John. This scripture’s intention is to focus all readers, listeners, and followers on the one named “Light of the World.” Just as a household window plant will grow toward the light, Gospel John sees disciples growing toward “the light of Christ.” So, as we make our way toward Pentecost, we will experience in worship this growing season “The April Senses.” Eyes, ears, hearts, and hands will come into play.
Gospel John gets right to the point. Thomas felt left out. Full of doubt, he says “show me”. When he finally gets his eyes on Jesus, the questioning falls away. In words that echo through the ages he exclaims “My Lord and my God!”
At the last meeting of the Session we shifted to a new format allowing for more prayer and conversation. As always those assigned opened and closed with prayer. One led a devotional. We lit a Christ Candle. We used the multilayered multicolored candle we have used before in our Sunday Worship. At several points during the meeting the candle’s flame reminded us of the light of Christ we seek in all we do together. The layers and colors of the candle reminded us of the variety of gifts and perspectives we bring together to be Sugar Creek – for Christ and the community. (Connecting – Growing – Serving)
So, as I live my life in transition as an Interim Pastor, I ask for your prayers: that I be reminded of our multilayered, multicolored Christ Candle. As Paul writes, and as Gospel John narrates in the telling of Jesus’ story: Christ is our peace who makes us one. May we grow toward that Light.
26A 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.” 27Then 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.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
Laura Daigle sings a cover of “In Christ Alone” which helps me keep focused.
And of course there is the old hymn we sing from time to time which is a prayer to God for discernment as we seek growth in faith.