Week of April 11, 2021
Scripture: John 20:19-31
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."
(John 20:19-21, NRSV)
We are entering a new season in the church, and I am wishing you peace.
The work aspect of Easter is behind us. Lent is behind us. In much of the world, spring is springing. Our minds long for less, our hearts long for joy and our spirits yearn for peace.
Peace be with you.
Jesus wishes this for the disciples. We wish this for each other, and for ourselves.
May peace be with you.
May peace be within you.
May peace calm your mind.
May peace open your heart.
May peace fill your spirit.
To God we are thankful, and to God be the glory, amen and amen.
Gracious God, we ask for your peace, and we thank you so much that you give it so freely. We love you. Amen.
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church