Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

Easter, Year B, Acts Lesson Plan

Scripture: Acts 10:34-43


During Eastertide, the Old Testament readings are replaced in the lectionary with passages from the book of Acts. Today’s passage is obvious and straightforward. Peter, who has been invited to the home of a Roman Centurion, named Cornelius, to proclaim the Good News. Before our excerpt for today begins, Peter arrives at Cornelius’ home and Cornelius falls to the ground, worshipping Peter. Peter tell him to get up and explains that he is only a human. Peter then asks why Cornelius has sent for him. Peter says that in the past he would not have come to speak to Cornelius and his compatriots because he would have considered Gentiles to be unclean. But God has opened Peter’s eyes to see that the Gospel of Jesus is for all people in all the world. Cornelius explains that he say in a dream that he should invite Peter to preach the Good News, so he has gathered his friends and is anxious to hear the story of Jesus. In this passage Peter literally tells the Good News of Christ Jesus from the baptism of John to the resurrection and forgiveness of sin.

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LPTW Easter, Year B, Acts, Younger Children
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Being a Sign for Jesus

Easter Sunday, Acts Lesson Plan, Year C
Scripture: Acts 10:34-43


Note: During Easter, we read from the Acts of the Apostles rather than from the Old Testament as we focus on Jesus’ life and ministry and the life and ministry of the apostles.

Today we find Peter preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. It is not always easy to stand up and say the things you believe, especially when you are telling people that a dead guy really is not dead. Today’s lesson reminds us that God gives us the courage to be signs of Jesus’ life and resurrection.

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LPTW Easter, Year C, Old Testament, Younger Children
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We Are Easter People

Easter, Year B

Scripture: John 20:1-18

This is John’s account of the resurrection, where Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb by herself and finds that the stone in front of the tomb had been moved. She runs to get Simon Peter and the beloved disciple who go inside the tomb to find the wrappings that were on Jesus’ body were still there, but Jesus was gone. The disciples return to where they are staying and Mary is standing outside the tomb crying when she is asked by angels, “woman, why are you crying?” She explains, only to have Jesus (who she does not recognize) ask her the same question. Jesus answers her by simply saying her name, which causes her to recognize him. Jesus tells her to go spread the news that he has risen and will be ascending to the Father.

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LPTW Easter, Year B, Younger and Older Children

Note: Many churches do not hold regular classes on Easter. If, however, you meet with the children we suggest this modified plan. No session for adults is offered on the assumption that any time after the service would be spent identifying people who are not regular members and extending hospitality to them as well as time spent celebrating Easter.


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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LPTW Easter, Year A, Younger Children, Old Testament
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Easter: Come and See

Easter, Year A
Scripture: John 20:1-18

First Mary Magdalene, then Peter and another disciple, peer into the tomb. The body is gone but not stolen. Remaining in the tomb were the cloths, just as the women had placed them around their Lord’s broken body. Jesus is now transformed into his resurrected body. What transformation is Jesus calling us to in our time and place?

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