St Paul’s United Methodist Church!
April 19, 2015
Welcome to St Paul’s United Methodist Church on this third Sunday of
the resurrection. will come to know the wonderful risen presence of
Christ Jesus our Lord as you worship with us.
The Gospel reading for the day is from St Luke and has this interesting comment on the spiritual and emotional state of the disciples at verse 41 of chapter 24. Notice how the Rev’d. Steve
Garnaas-Holmes comments on the verse in his little poem below.
“In their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering… (Luke 24.41)
God, it’s all here at once, joy and disbelieving, dullness and wonder. Let my joy flower, my disbelieving keep on wondering. Give me the faith to watch in amazement, to finally know
what I know, to rejoice before I understand. Wonder, lead me where I wouldn’t go without
you. O soul, drag me into the dance, guided in your arms, looking into my Savior’s eyes,
without even knowing it.
(Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light, www.unfoldinglight.net)
I like the phrase, “In their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering…” What are some of the everyday things in our life that bring us joy, yet we cannot believe them although we know them to be true? So we stand in joyous amazement, wondering, what is this? This is truly how God’s grace works!
Sincerely, Ernest Belisle (Pastor)