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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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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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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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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God is our Strength

Second Sunday in Easter, Acts of the Apostles Lesson, Year C
Scripture: Acts 5:27-32

Note: During Easter, we read from the Acts of the Apostles rather than from the Old Testament as we focus on Jesus’ life and ministry and the life and ministry of the apostles.

Today we find Peter & the apostles preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. It is not always easy to do something you know is right. This is especially true when you face peer pressure or punishment. Today’s lesson invites us to think about how we might find strength to do the right thing, even when it is hard.

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Being a Sign for Jesus

Easter Sunday, Acts Lesson Plan, Year C
Scripture: Acts 10:34-43

 

Note: During Easter, we read from the Acts of the Apostles rather than from the Old Testament as we focus on Jesus’ life and ministry and the life and ministry of the apostles.

Today we find Peter preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. It is not always easy to stand up and say the things you believe, especially when you are telling people that a dead guy really is not dead. Today’s lesson reminds us that God gives us the courage to be signs of Jesus’ life and resurrection.

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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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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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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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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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