What’s in a Name?

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B, Acts Lesson Plan

Scripture: Acts 4:5-12

During Eastertide, the Old Testament readings are replaced in the lectionary with passages from the book of Acts. This week we hear from Peter once again! Last week we heard as Peter preached repentance after he and John healed the crippled beggar. This week we learn that there were further consequences for that miracle and for the increased membership in this fledgling religion. As the church has grown drastically in membership in just a short time, the temple authorities are weary of the apostles and their actions. This week’s scripture finds Peter and John speaking testimony to the Authorities the morning after their arrest.

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Jesus Heals Through Us

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Act of the Apostles Lesson Plan
Scripture: Acts 9:36-43

Today we hear how God uses Saint Peter to raise Tabitha, a faithful woman, from the dead. The story helps us to see that God’s work and Jesus healing did not stop, but can be found in the followers of Jesus, even today. The story invites us to consider how Jesus is active in our own life and how we offer healing and comfort to others.

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The Good Shepherd

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B
Scripture: John 10:11-18

For the rest of the Easter Season, we have stories Jesus shared before the crucifixion. Now, in the light of the resurrection, they take on a powerful new value. Jesus is portrayed as the Good Shepherd. Even though sheep are not part of our lives like sheep were for the people who first heard these stories, we can resonate to the concept of a shepherd who knows his own and whose own know him. We belong to this shepherd. Yet, if, as Jesus tells us, he has other sheep that are not of this fold that he must bring also, we have work to do – work given to us by the Good Shepherd.

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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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My Sheep Hear My Voice

Fourth Sunday in Easter, Year C
Scripture: John 10:22-30

The voice of Jesus can be hard to hear in the halls of institutions and in the noise of our hectic lives. When we listen attentively we may hear his voice. Then we discover to our awe and delight that he knows each of us by name. He has chosen us and will not give us up. Jesus waits to see if we will choose to follow him.

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