Trust in the Lord

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C, Old Testament
Scripture:  Jeremiah 17:5-10

This reading is a standard, blessing and curse type saying, an oracle of judgment against Judah. Although it reads like other wisdom literature, it is written after King Josiah’s reform has failed and before the Exile. Jeremiah is warning the people to put their trust back in the Lord, and to stop thinking anything or anyone else can save them. Our approach for this class will be to build trust among the students and to explore the concept of placing our trust in God.

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LPTW Epiphany 6, Year C, Younger Children, Old Testament
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The Call of Isaiah

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C, Old Testament
Scripture:  Isaiah 6:1-8

Two themes weave together in today’s reading: an experience of God and a commissioning to ministry. Isaiah has a mystical experience and is in a state of awe. In this state, he is called to be a prophet to God’s people, to speak on behalf of the Lord. He answers with the famous phrase, “Here I am.” Too often these themes are examined separately, losing the power of one leading directly to the other. We first experience God, then we serve God. Divorcing the two leads to empty worship without service or empty service without worship.

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LPTW Epiphany 5, Year C, Younger Children, Old Testament
LPTW Epiphany 5, Year C, Younger Children, Old Testament

Baptism is for All

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B, Acts Lesson Plan

Scripture: Acts 10:44-48

Today our scripture passage is a continuation of the preaching we heard from Peter in the lesson from Acts on Easter Day. You’ll remember that on Easter we heard the story of Peter preaching the Good News to the Gentiles at Cornelius’ home. (For more detailed background read Acts 10:34-43 and/or the “Notation for This Week’s Scripture from the Easter Day Acts lesson on LPTW.) Today’s passage picks up from where we left off. Peter has preached the birth, baptism, teaching, miracles, death, and resurrection of our Lord when, suddenly, the Holy Spirit interrupts him by giving the gift of belief to all who were hearing the Word. As Peter and his followers who accompanied him witness this beautiful exchange of the Spirit they are taken aback, because they have witnessed the Spirit giving of itself freely to Gentiles, just as with the Jews. At this realization, Peter asks the key question: “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” Thus, the people at Cornelius’ home are baptized on the spot.

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Baptism is a Reminder

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C, Acts Lesson Plan
Scripture: Acts 16:9-15

Today we hear how Saint Paul followed God’s guidance. He traveled and preached where he was led. Lydia heard this preaching and was baptized with her whole household. When we believe in Jesus we do Christian things and follow where God invites us to go. 

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LPTW Easter 6, Year C, Acts, Younger Children
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Abide in my Love

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B
Scripture: John 15:9-17

God’s love: God’s love for us, enabling us to love God. God’s joy in us making joy complete. We are invited into this vast collaboration of love, invited to be part of God’s team, considered friends, no longer servants. God has, so to speak, looked each one of us in the eye and said, “You did not choose me but I chose you.” Chosen, by God, to bear the fruit of love.

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LPTW Easter 6, Year B, Younger Children
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We are God’s Offspring

Sixth Sunday in Easter, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Acts 17: 22-31

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

In this reading, Paul tells the Athenians that we are all God’s offspring. Paul struggles with the Athenians because they worship idols and he informs them that God wants them to only worship God. Paul also tells the people that God sent his Son Jesus Christ out of patience for human ignorance.

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LPTW Easter 6, Year A, Younger Children, Old Testament
LPTW Easter 6, Year A, Older Children, Old Testament

The Spirit of Truth Within Us

Sixth Sunday in Easter, Year A
Scripture: John 14:15-21

If we love him, we will keep the commandments. And what are they? Rules to catch us in our slip-ups? No, much more uncomplicated than that. How very interesting that all the commandments can be kept using one channel: love. As we step into that channel of love, we receive God’s love and so become capable of loving. And we notice that we are not alone.

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Sending of the Holy Spirit

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C
Scripture: John 14:23-29

Letting go of the companionship of Jesus to receive him in a larger way. Letting go of certainties to be open to the promised Holy Spirit. Letting go of our need to be in control to trust the leading of the Holy Spirit.

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