In this week's Bible study, Pastor Andrea Fluegel and Jack Palmer discuss Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene and then to the disciples who are isolated and have locked themselves away following Jesus' brutal death on the cross. In this scripture reading, the Risen Jesus appears to Mary, to the disciples, and then later to Thomas. When Jesus says to them, "Peace be with you," they rejoice! How do we rejoice in Jesus' presence? What does it mean when Jesus breaths new life and new community into each one of us? When have you experienced the peace of Jesus in your life?
JESUS MAFA. Jesus appears to Thomas, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48302 [retrieved April 13, 2020]. Original source: http://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr (contact page: https://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr/contact).
"Heart of the Matter" is a seven-week series concluding with the Festival Day of Pentecost. Easter is not just a day. It is a whole season of time when we remember and celebrate that the Spirit of Jesus lives on in each of us. So over the next few weeks, we are worshiping and praising God as the early disciples (later apostles) did, in their homes with glad and generous hearts, breaking bread, and having the goodwill of all people. It is in this way, that we are connected. We are connected through the love and grace of Jesus. Worship script by Marcia McFee and Worship Design Studio.