One Heart and Soul

Second Sunday in Easter, Year B, Acts Lesson Plan

Scripture: Acts 4:32-35

 

During Eastertide, the Old Testament readings are replaced in the lectionary with passages from the book of Acts. Today’s passage is a short recollection of the unity of the new church. The church in this post-resurrection time period faces persecution and their unity as a body of faith will ensure their survival. This passage tells us a lot about the mission and ministry of the early church. We learn that the mission of the church was living into Christ’s call to ‘…love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’ (Luke 10:27) In doing these things, we hear that no member of the early church was in need despite not claiming private ownership of land or goods – this sounds in keeping with Jesus’ frequent call to leave ones possessions and follow him. This passage invites us to trust in God and to follow the Truth as we learned in and from Christ Jesus.

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God is our Strength

Second Sunday in Easter, Acts of the Apostles Lesson, Year C
Scripture: Acts 5:27-32

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 & the apostles preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. It is not always easy to do something you know is right. This is especially true when you face peer pressure or punishment. Today’s lesson invites us to think about how we might find strength to do the right thing, even when it is hard.

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Peace Be with You

Second Sunday of Easter, Year B
Scripture: John 20:19-31

In fear, the disciples huddled behind locked doors – an obvious response to the crucifixion. (“Are we next?”) Suddenly, Jesus is right there, sensitively inviting the disciples to convince themselves that it is he – showing them the marks on his body. “Peace be with you,” Jesus says. The disciples are now to carry on the work Jesus had begun. Jesus breathes the power of the Holy Spirit upon them. As God sent Jesus, now the disciples are sent out. Their message is handed on to us, the torch of peace, so we can hand it on to those who come after us.

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There is also an Intergenerational Lesson Plan for this Sunday.

Peace

Second Sunday of Easter, Year B, Intergenerational

Scripture: John 20:19-31

The same Gospel reading occurs in the Second Sunday of Easter in all three lectionary cycles; so for each cycle, the lesson plan suggests a section of the reading as the focus. Today’s reading from the Gospel of John follows the discovery of the resurrected Jesus by the women at the tomb. Although several disciples raced to the tomb to see for themselves, they returned to the upper room – reasonably sure that they would be the next to be killed. While they huddled in fear, Jesus came to them, and even after all he had been through, he continued to teach the message of peace and forgiveness. For today’s session, the suggested focus is the concluding portion: verses 25 through 31.

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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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Believing in Order to See

Second Sunday in Easter, Year A
Scripture: John 20:19-31

“Are we next?” In fear the disciples huddled behind closed doors. As they pray, Jesus is right there with them, empowering and commissioning them. Jesus honors Thomas’ need for authentication. At the same time, Jesus reaches out to us across the millennia: “Blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe.”

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Easter is a Gift

Second Sunday in Easter, Intergenerational Lesson Plan, Year C
Scripture: John 20: 19-31

(Note: there are also lesson plans for each age group for this Sunday which contain more ideas and suggestions.)

Easter is another huge gift from God, building on not only the Christmas gift of the birth of Jesus, but also on the gifts that keep coming right here and now.

The Gospel reading today follows the discovery of the resurrected Jesus by the women at the tomb. Although several disciples raced to the tomb to see for themselves, they returned to the upper room reasonably sure that they would be the next to be killed. In that room Jesus appears to them, bringing peace and, after all he has been through, continuing to teach the message of peace and forgiveness.

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Peace Be With You

Second Sunday in Easter, Year C
Scripture: John 20:19-31

(Note: there is also an intergenerational lesson plan for this Sunday that you may wish to refer to or get more ideas from for your session.)

The women brought an account the men could not grasp. That evening, the exhausted band of men and women who followed Jesus, huddled in the locked room. They were terrified that they would be killed next. To their amazement, Jesus was right there in their midst proclaiming the Peace he had been teaching them to trust. Breath sweeping over the earth brought life in the beginning; now Jesus was breathing new life in the Holy Spirit.

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