Power and Authority

Seventh Sunday in Easter, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Acts 1: 6-14

In this reading, Jesus appears to his disciples for forty days after his resurrection. Jesus asks his disciples to prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit, to be sent during Pentecost, and to also prepare for their mission in the world.

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We are God’s Offspring

Sixth Sunday in Easter, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Acts 17: 22-31

Note: for the Easter Season, readings from the Acts of the Apostles take the place of Old Testament Readings.

In this reading, Paul tells the Athenians that we are all God’s offspring. Paul struggles with the Athenians because they worship idols and he informs them that God wants them to only worship God. Paul also tells the people that God sent his Son Jesus Christ out of patience for human ignorance.

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Spirit and Courage

Fifth Sunday in Easter, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Acts 7:55-60

Note: for the Easter Season, readings from the Acts of the Apostles take the place of Old Testament Readings.

In this reading, Stephen asserts to the Jewish Council that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. The Jews do not take well to this assertion because they believe in only one God. Stephen is stoned to death and becomes the first Christian martyr. Like Jesus, before he dies Stephen commends his Spirit to God and asks God to forgive those who murder him.

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Generosity and Peace

Fourth Sunday in Easter, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Acts 2:42-47

Note: for the Easter Season, readings from the Acts of the Apostles take the place of Old Testament Readings.

In this reading, early Christians functioned as a family and they held things in common. When one person needed something another person sold their property to help them. The church gained new members daily. Early Christians showed great love and concern for one another. Christians were dedicated to learning from the apostles and ate, prayed, and worshipped together.

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Promise

Third Sunday in Easter, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Note: for the Easter Season, readings from the Acts of the Apostles take the place of Old Testament Readings. 

In this reading, Peter tells the crowd that they are responsible for the death of Jesus. Peter also tells the crowd that if they repent and are baptized in Jesus’ name they will be forgiven. Many of these people believe Peter so they repent and are then baptized in the name of Jesus. This results in the beginning of the church, now known as Pentecost. The season of Pentecost follows the season of Easter. These people followed Jesus Christ and admired Peter because he promised that God would save them if they repented. Establishing the Christian church was not easy and Peter and his followers took many risks by speaking up and telling others about the many great things that God and Jesus Christ had in store for them.

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Knowing Christ

Second Sunday in Easter, Old Testament Lesson Plan, Year A
Scripture: Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Note: for the Easter Season, readings from the Acts of the Apostles take the place of Old Testament Readings. 

The apostles had been hiding out in the upper room where the last supper with Jesus had occurred. Since the crucifixion they were fearful that the Romans might also arrest and kill them for being followers of Jesus. Jesus had told them to remain in the city of Jerusalem until they received the power of His Holy Spirit. Fifty days after Easter was the day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit entered the room and filled each apostle with power and boldness. In this passage Peter has gone out into the streets of Jerusalem to preach the message of the Resurrect ion. Peter compares Jesus to David, but states that David was only a prophet. Jesus, being God could not be contained by death. Peter testifies that he and all the apostles are witnesses to this.

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Easter Celebration!

Easter, Old Testament Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Acts 10:34-43

Note: for the Easter Season, readings from the Acts of the Apostles take the place of Old Testament Readings. 

In the Book of Acts we learn the stories of the early church, what happened to the apostles after Jesus ascended to heaven, the trials and persecutions they faced for spreading the Good News, and the work of the Holy Spirit in emboldening the apostles and inspiring new converts. In the next seven weeks we will be hearing accounts of the death and resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of his apostles as they attempt to share Jesus’ message. In today’s story Cornelius, a Roman centurion [commander of a hundred soldiers] has been told in a vision to find Peter and bring him to his home to speak to Cornelius’ family and friends. Peter agrees to go. Peter tells the story of Jesus, his death and resurrection, as good news for all. This story marks the beginning of the mission to the Gentiles.

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That We All May Be One

Seventh Sunday in Easter, Year A
Scripture: John 17:1-11

That we all may be one: Okay, probably not gathered into one agreed-upon building or even one way of worship. We are all one as God’s love flows out over ALL of us. We are all one as each of us sees the face of Jesus in each person we encounter. Love is who God is, and therefore, what God does. Each of us is part of this one. 

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The Spirit of Truth Within Us

Sixth Sunday in Easter, Year A
Scripture: John 14:15-21

If we love him, we will keep the commandments. And what are they? Rules to catch us in our slip-ups? No, much more uncomplicated than that. How very interesting that all the commandments can be kept using one channel: love. As we step into that channel of love, we receive God’s love and so become capable of loving. And we notice that we are not alone.

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The Way, the Truth, and the Light

Fifth Sunday in Easter, Year A
Scripture: John 14:1-14

A house with many dwelling places, promises Jesus. Could it be that the way, the truth, and the light is in the richness of many dwelling places and not in conformity? How do we find the way to this place? Jesus tells us. He is the way.

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