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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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.


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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LPTW Easter 2, Year B, Intergenerational