Betsy Hoium - April 19, 2020

Peace in the Midst of All of This

The disciples are huddled in the upper room hiding from the world. This isolation is something that we can relate to we experience the collective trauma of world changing events. Yet, the midst of all of this, Jesus shows up. The peace Jesus brings is not sometime in the future, it is here and now as we are going through this.

Scripture References: John 20:19-29

From Series: "Now What?"

The tomb is empty, he is risen. But those who know and love Jesus are still primarily scared and confused. And they’re wondering, “now what?” The world has turned upside down, life has conquered death and yet there is still so much that suggests otherwise. For a community of faith like ours, in a time such as this, we can find ourselves asking the same thing, “now what?” How do we respond in a time of uncertainty? Which direction should we go? What plans should we make? If we are to have confidence in God, why do so many questions remain? For the eight weeks after Easter, we leave the Narrative Lectionary behind and consider a series of Gospel texts that recount how a risen Jesus restores the community of believers to become the church for tomorrow.

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