West End United Methodist Church

Locked Doors and Wounded Bodies

Speakers:Stacey Harwell-Dye
Topics:Sunday service

After this year we can more easily identify with the fear of the disciples as they gathered behind locked doors.  And we can identify with Thomas, who simply won’t believe unless he can experience the risen Jesus himself.  Beyond this, why would a risen Jesus still bear the wounds?  Why is he not completely healed?  However, this can tell us that not only do we live with our own wounds, but God knows our wounds, too.  In the joy of Easter’s resurrection, we still remember Good Friday.  Sometimes we lock ourselves in the room in an attempt to stay away from our fears, but no locked door can keep Jesus out.  As a result we are sent out into the world.  (NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are livestreaming the early service, using a chamber choir and having limited congregation.  NOTE:  The video begins with the Children’s Moment, but once it starts you can scroll back to the beginning of the service if you want.  The entire service is videoed.)


  • John :20:19-31


Worship Service Bulletin (4/11/2021)


Locked Doors and Wounded Bodies (Children's Moment & Sermon)