I Believe

Third Sunday of Easter, Year B, Acts Lesson Plan

Scripture: Acts 3: (1-11)*, 12-19

During Eastertide, the Old Testament readings are replaced in the lectionary with passages from the book of Acts. This week Peter calls on the people to repent and turn their hearts to Jesus. Peter is addressing a crowd of people who did not believe Jesus was the Son of God when he was sent to the cross to die; however, after the resurrection, many people heard rumors of this miraculous event and questioned their own disbelief. Immediately before today’s story, Peter and John offer the name of Christ to a crippled beggar on the road. At the name of Jesus the beggar is healed and jumps up and down in celebration. The people who witnessed that healing are amazed and confused. Peter’s monologue from today’s story is aimed at those people and at inviting them to believe in the One in whose name miraculous healing takes place.

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God Comes to Us

Third Sunday in Easter, Acts of the Apostles Lesson, Year C
Scripture: Acts 9:1-6, (7-20)

Today we hear the story of Saint Paul’s conversion. Saul, as Saint Paul was known before this time, is traveling to go and hurt Christians. Jesus comes to him on the journey and confronts him and invites him to love instead of hurt. Jesus does this for each of us, inviting us to follow him.

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Seeing Jesus

Third Sunday of Easter, Year B
Scripture: Luke 24:36b-48

Words tumble from the mouths of the excited disciples as they try to convey what happened on the road to Emmaus. In mid-sentence, they hear “Peace be with you.” Jesus is in their midst. Jesus encourages them to touch him and see that it is he. As they scramble to believe what they are seeing, Jesus casually asks them if, by any chance, they have anything to eat! They have broiled fish, which is shared all around.

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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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Who Will We Follow?

Fourth Sunday in Easter, Year A
Scripture: John 10:1-10

For the next three Sundays, to help us prepare for Pentecost, we have flashback pre-resurrection passages of Scripture. Today Jesus tells us the story of the Good Shepherd. In the story, instead of looking at ourselves as the sheep where we may be tempted to whine, what if we look at the qualities of an authentic leader? What implications can we find for ourselves?

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Known in the Breaking of the Bread

Third Sunday in Easter, Year A
Scripture: Luke 24:13-35

The master teacher walks with the two dejected disciples. He listens. He asks leading questions. He waits for the teachable moment to offer information. And it is in the breaking of the bread that they realize who it is that has come among them.

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Abundance

Third Sunday in Easter, Year C
Scripture: John 21:1-19

Thinking their ministry days were over, the fishermen went back to what they knew: fishing. But they caught nothing all night. In the depth of their discouragement they hear a call from the shore, “Try the other side.” Abundance. And who is that on the shore, standing by the charcoal fire he made in anticipation of the fish?

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