I suppose we should not be surprised, but the Church is responding well to the growth in Zoom (and similar) technology, and even in the West Wight we can do it! Our Easter Sunday service from Brighstone had over 50 participants, and the plan is to keep the format going, so do be sure to give it a go this Sunday. Just click on the following link, and it should all work smoothly: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82464180442?pwd=QWFhcDRzbnJoakpVbGdOUlhVWExmQT09
Meanwhile, this Sunday’s service on The Church of England web site will be led by Rev Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders and her family at 9.00 am. You can access it by clicking on the link below or copying it and pasting it into your browser.
The readings set for the second Sunday of Easter are:
Acts 2. 14a, 22-32
1 Peter 1. 3-9
John 20. 19-end
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’
A 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.’ Then 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.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
And the Collect is:
Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father. Amen.
Rev Linda B is always available to anyone in need, so do please get in touch, and meanwhile, stay safe!