This Sunday -- April 8, 2018 -- Communion
From Reverend Pat Kriss
"Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother." -- Khalil Gibran, 20th century
In all of the New Testament probably the one who has gotten a “bum rap” is the man we will spend time with on Sunday: Thomas the Apostle. Probably by now, you’ve already added in your mind his additional name: Doubting Thomas. And yet few other people were as honest about how they felt with his peers than Thomas. Classically, Thomas was “out of the room” when Jesus first burst into the Upper Room where the apostles were hiding in fear. A week later they told him the tale of a dead Messiah raised again, who walked through the walls and greeted them, not with the kind of anger one might expect toward a group of people who had abandoned him, but with love. I can imagine his skeptical eye roll now…. “Right…… sure he did.” Thomas made it quite clear what it would take to get him to believe that Jesus walked among them. Thomas was grieving.
If we’re as honest as Thomas, we’ll admit that there are times when we weren’t there to see something, that we, too, are full doubts and anxieties. The thing is when Jesus appeared again a week later specifically to see Thomas, he didn’t greet Thomas as judgmentally as we do, but with words of peace and softly: "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
In the end, Thomas recognized Jesus by his scars, his wounds. How true this is when we think about our friends, the ones with whom we’ve walked along life’s paths, we in fact remember their scars and ours, and how these things not only helped form who we are, but where our strengths come from. This Sunday we will explore the deep connection between doubt and faith, and what it takes to hold in our heart things that seem to be impossible.
--- Pastor Pat Kriss
Next week, April 15th will be PRAYER SHAWL SUNDAY. Prayer Shawls are a symbol of comfort and caring and mean so much to people. We will recognize those who have knit prayer shawls for us and have them available for anyone who would like to take one.
From Jim Moriarty, Director of Music
This Sunday afternoon The Master Chorale, directed by Tina Heinrich will be performing in our First Congregational Church Music Hall beginning at 3pm. The chorus consists of 56 singers and will be accompanied by 20 instrumentalists.
It was so nice to listen to our church school children’s performance of Bach’s Sheep using the handbells. A special thank you to the parents for getting the children to church on time and also to Pat Moriarty for her leadership in directing the ringers!
A big thank you to the choir for all their glorious sounds this past Sunday. Alleluia!
“Without music, life would be a blank to me.” - Jane Austen
Youth Group: Our newly formed Youth Group has decided to meet every other Tuesday at 6 pm on the 3rd floor. See Pastor Pat or Jay Duhamel for more info.
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Help is needed for Coffee Hour - Everything is provided, however, if you would like to bring your own treats, we’re happy to reimburse you for what you spend. Please contact the church office if you can help. Thank you. (203-744-6177)
Connecticut Master Chorale Spring Concert, “Jubilate Deo!” and “Songs of Celebration” Sunday, April 8th 3pm in our Sanctuary. Tickets: www.cmchorale.org.
$25.00 at the door. $20 in advance.