Called and Counted

Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B, Acts Lesson Plan

Scripture: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

As we come towards the end of the season of Easter we go back to the beginning of the book of Acts. There is a very good reason for that! Ascension day, or the day Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrected time on earth, was celebrated earlier this week. Because of that, our lectionary preparers have taken us to the passage in Acts immediately following the story of Jesus’ Ascension. Our scripture for today finds Peter standing up among the crowd of all the believers, both men and women (though only men were counted), who had been with Jesus during his teaching ministry, trial, crucifixion, death, and resurrection. Now, to fulfill the scripture, they must elect another disciple to fill the place of Judas, who betrayed Jesus. We hear this week, for the first time in strict numerical fashion, of the dozens of followers in addition to the disciples. This marks the beginning of the church and introduces us to Peter as that church leader.

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God is With Us

Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year C, Acts Lesson Plan
Scripture: Acts 16:16-34

Today we hear how Saint Paul gets arrested with his friend Silas for healing a slave girl. The owners did not like this healing because it meant she could no longer make them money by telling fortunes. Paul and Silas pray and sing hymns while in prison reminding themselves that God is with them and they are not alone.

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God’s Mission, Our Mission

Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B
Scripture: John 17:6-19

Jesus reports to God. Jesus has done the work given him to do. A little band of believers is trained to do the work Jesus has given them to do. Jesus lifts these people up to God. As he does so, we, and our ministries are also lifted up. We are not immune to pain, suffering, or even defeat. But God offers protection from the evil one, in all we do. And, in all we do, Jesus asks, “that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.”

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Power and Authority

Seventh Sunday in Easter, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Acts 1: 6-14

In this reading, Jesus appears to his disciples for forty days after his resurrection. Jesus asks his disciples to prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit, to be sent during Pentecost, and to also prepare for their mission in the world.

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That We All May Be One

Seventh Sunday in Easter, Year A
Scripture: John 17:1-11

That we all may be one: Okay, probably not gathered into one agreed-upon building or even one way of worship. We are all one as God’s love flows out over ALL of us. We are all one as each of us sees the face of Jesus in each person we encounter. Love is who God is, and therefore, what God does. Each of us is part of this one. 

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Diversity and Oneness

Seventh Sunday in Easter, Year C
Scripture: John 17:20-26

One. Not diluted to a monotonous sameness. One. The abundance of diversity and people choosing to be together. One. Each of us, all of us, with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity, sufficiently huge, invites each one of us in.

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