14 April 2024
Bible readings for today
you set the example for us to follow; as we fulfil your call to tend your sheep make us faithful shepherds of your love. Through Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,
who is alive and reigns with you now and forever,
and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Seeing is believing (Luke 24:36-48)
This story looks at Jesus appearing to his disciples in the upper room. This passage is similar to last week's lectionary reading, however it omits the story about Thomas found in John 20
Jesus appears to his confused, scared, doubting disciples - 2000 years ago and still today! Joel Stutter joins Michael Godfrey and the Dunedin Diocese 'Gospel Conversations' team for the first time, with James Harding and Trish Franklin, as we move deeper into the joyful season of Easter.
One of the key messages in today's passage is in John 20:29b -- Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed
We may never see Jesus face to face on earth, like his disciples, but we are reassured that we will be blessed by believing in what we have not seen.
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Gospel Conversations from the Diocese of Dunedin
In this Gospel Conversation, the Dunedin Diocesan Ministry Educator converses with Bishop Kelvin Wright, Anne Van Gend (Diocesan Community ministry Enabler) and Gary Griffith-Smith (Vicar of Gore Parish) around Luke 24: 36-48, the final appearance of Jesus to the disciples (according to Luke) before he was taken up into heaven.
Young children can have difficulty distinguishing between fact and fantasy, so do not worry too much about explaining things that are not real to them in today's session.
Brainstorm a list of things that we know are real, including things we can touch, taste or see, e.g.