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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B, Acts Lesson Plan

Scripture: Acts 8:26-40

 

During Eastertide, the Old Testament readings are replaced in the lectionary with passages from the book of Acts. This week we encounter a familiar story: that of Philip teaching the Ethiopian Eunuch. In today’s passage Philip, one of the original deacons of the church, is told by an angel to go down to a particular road. On the road Philip encounters an Ethiopian court official who is reading scripture but struggling to understand. Philip answered the angel’s prompting and because of that is able to share his knowledge and faith leading to the baptism of the Ethiopian. What would happen if more of us felt able and willing to instruct others in the faith?

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God Created Everyone and Everything Good

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Acts of the Apostles Lesson Plan
Scripture: Acts 11:1-18

Today we hear how Saint Peter was shown that all that God made was good, even people that are different from us. Sometimes it is easy to forget that everyone is good and we should respect them, especially when we do not agree with the other person. God desires for all people to know the love he has shown for us in Jesus.

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I am the Vine, You are the Branches

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B
Scripture: John 15:1-8

We have work to do, but not as lone rangers. We are called to stay connected to the vine, faithfully and courageously reaching out, securely connected to the vine of life. We will probably experience some very painful pruning. Later, often much later, we will experience the fruit. Abiding in that vine, trusting in it, and accepting its confines, we will learn to want the appropriate things and be free to ask for them. The work we are given to do, we will be able to do joyfully to the glory of God.

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Spirit and Courage

Fifth Sunday in Easter, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Acts 7:55-60

Note: for the Easter Season, readings from the Acts of the Apostles take the place of Old Testament Readings.

In this reading, Stephen asserts to the Jewish Council that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. The Jews do not take well to this assertion because they believe in only one God. Stephen is stoned to death and becomes the first Christian martyr. Like Jesus, before he dies Stephen commends his Spirit to God and asks God to forgive those who murder him.

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The Way, the Truth, and the Light

Fifth Sunday in Easter, Year A
Scripture: John 14:1-14

A house with many dwelling places, promises Jesus. Could it be that the way, the truth, and the light is in the richness of many dwelling places and not in conformity? How do we find the way to this place? Jesus tells us. He is the way.

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Let your Light Shine

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Scripture: Matthew 5:13-20

Called to be salt! Who we choose to be seasons our community; and what we focus upon casts light. The call: don’t just do something, Be!

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Love One Another

Fifth Sunday in Easter, Year C
Scripture: John 13:31-35 

Soon Jesus will not be appearing so concretely to the disciples. So, does he give them a complex strategic plan? No. He gives them a new commandment, and this will cover all they need to do. The world will recognize them as followers of Jesus because of the way they love each other.

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