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The Legacy of Thomas

Dear Friends,
 
It was advertised as “Everybody Sunday!”
At a little country church, the worship planners had intended for it to be a worship experience that would meet the expectations of everyone. So they provided poinsettias and Easter lilies on the altar, for those who only come to church on Christmas and Easter. There would be electric fans on one side, for people who criticized the church for being a hot and stuffy place; and quilts on the other side who thought that the church was cold. Rocking chairs were placed in the aisles to address the concern that pews were too hard. And the offering? There was none, so that those who thought that the church was only interested in their money could relax and enjoy the service. You might be interested to know that attendance on “Everybody Sunday” was up a whopping 38%!
 
Last Sunday was Easter Sunday, and I can tell you that our attendance here at First United Methodist in Lindstrom was up by far more than 38%! With 166 worshipers in attendance that’s an estimated 66% increase, and all of them heard the glorious news: “He is Risen!”
 
But this week, across the board, and around the world, church attendance will be back to normal. The lilies are fast disappearing and so are the hundreds of visitors who worshiped in churches around the world last Sunday. After worship on Easter Sunday one new friend I met jokingly introduced himself to me as a “CEO” – meaning “Christmas and Easter Only”. We had a good laugh about that and I assured him he’s not alone in that category! I didn’t tell him this, but I really hope he comes back to worship this Sunday. Because on Easter, with all the hype and the hoopla, there is the sense that everybody buys into the resurrection – except perhaps, the CEO’s, that is. They might leave Easter Sunday worship wondering what’s wrong with them? Why is it so easy for everybody else to believe so wholeheartedly in the resurrection, but it’s so hard for them? I wish all the CEO’s would come back this Sunday, to hear of a man who was, perhaps, like them; Thomas, the doubter.

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