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26th July 2005
The Best Laid Plans
July 3rd. The family service on St. Thomas had gone so well….
I had given a charming example of my stupidity in not understanding something then said that because of that I knew just how Thomas must have felt when all the disciples were listening to Jesus saying "In my Father's House........" The others were all nodding sadly and Thomas said, "But we don't know where you're going so how can we know the way.
He'd missed the point.
Then when Jesus had been resurrected and appeared to his disciples, well Thomas had gone off somewhere else and he missed that too.
But in the Gospel reading he had made the greatest leap of understanding anyone can make and went further than any of the disciples with "My Lord and My God."
Fine. All going well everyone happy.
We then sang "Jesus is Lord"
Then I went into a Q. and A. session about what did Thomas did next..
We decided that he went and told people about Jesus.
I asked, Where did he go?
I was banking on this and had some Indian artefacts carefully concealed.
I said, "Thomas went to a wonderful land there are brilliant craftsmen there and - I'll give you a clue - they make things like this..."
I held up a very large brass tray, so large I had to hold it in both hands.
"Now where do you think St. Thomas went?"
There was silence for a split second and then came the enthusiastic reply, "Wimbledon!"