for Sunday, April 15, 2012
2nd Sunday of Easter
Some churches celebrate this as Holy Humor Sunday and offer a lighthearted, joyous celebration. My church uses this Sunday as a children’s service with the Birmingham Children’s Choir providing and leading the music and the children’s sermon taking more of a center stage in the program.
lectionary focus: 1 John 1:1-2:2
and John 20:19-31
It has been a busy few weeks. We had Easter and Good Friday and Holy Week and Palm Sunday and the March Madness Basketball Tournament and the first day of Spring…I think it is time to take a break!
This Sunday is not called the first Sunday after Easter. Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. Can you shout Alleluia? Yes, we are an Easter people. Christ is risen. Christ is still risen indeed. And as Easter people, we walk in the amazing light of God every day.
At that first Easter, the disciples were also so amazed by the resurrection. One of the disciples, Thomas, found it too amazing. His heart was willing, was hoping, but his mind could not understand this miracle of miracles. Then he saw Jesus and spoke with the risen Lord and his heart was overwhelmed with amazement. He shouted “My Lord and my God!” Can you shout Alleluia?
The story of Thomas makes me think of another man, a modern-day scientist who lived when your grandparents and great-grandparents were young. This man was named Albert Einstein. Mr. Einstein studied the way the world works and taught us many things about energy, motion, the universe and light. And while his mind could explain many of these amazing things, his heart was overwhelmed by this amazement. Mr. Einstein said:
There are two ways to live:
you can live as if nothing is a miracle, or you can live as if everything is a miracle.
As we, Christ’s Easter people, go forth and live in the amazing light of God’s amazing world, let our hearts be overwhelmed by each and every miracle that is around us: the miracle of talking and laughing and shoes and flowers and trees and cookies and each other and the everlasting love of Christ the everlasting risen Lord. Can you shout Alleluia?
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it back.)
for Your amazing world.
each and every miracle
that is around me
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.