Midweek Message

Easter Season – Saturday, April 18

Jim Hopkins

April 17, 2020

As part of the Calvin Worship Grant that Sandra Lee is managing for us we hope to welcome The Reverend Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to LABC before the end of the year. In the meantime her new hymn, “When Thomas Heard from Jesus,” beautifully tells the story of Thomas the disciple central to our scripture for Sunday. I am happy to be able to share it with you. Prayers for today, Pastor Jim

When Thomas Heard from Jesus

AURELIA D (“The Church’s One Foundation”)

When Thomas heard from Jesus, “Now come and follow me,”

He surely went with gladness, for there was much to see.

He witnessed Jesus’ teaching and saw his healing touch;

He found a faith to guide him, a friend he loved so much.

When Jesus spoke of heaven, bold Thomas dared to say,

“We don’t know where you’re going! How can we know the way?”

He wanted understanding of what he could not see.

Then Jesus reassured him, “The way is here — through me.”

When crowds began to murmur and leaders raised their cry,

Brave Thomas spoke out firmly, “Let’s go with him and die.”

He ate at Jesus’ table, partaking wine and bread;

Yet later with the others, he saw the cross and fled.

What joy on Easter evening when many saw the Lord!

Yet Thomas was not with them and would not trust their word.

When Christ appeared before him, his doubts were quickly gone;

He gladly knew that evening the joy of Easter dawn.

That man of faith saw Jesus at breakfast by the sea;

At Pentecost he witnessed so others would believe.

O Lord, may we — like Thomas — keep growing day by day;

Increase our faith and guide us, for Lord, you are the Way.

Biblical References: Matthew 10:1-4; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-16; John 11:11-16; John 14:1-7; John 20:19-29; John 21:1-7; Acts 1:12-14

Tune: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864

Text: Copyright © 2012 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Email: carolynshymns@gmail.com    

Please join us for “A Time For Prayer,” today at 10:00 a.m. and for “LABC Sunday Worship” on Sunday at the same time. We look forward to Fireman Chad joining us for the Children’s Time on Sunday.