Easter, Year B

Gospel Lesson Plans

Easter – the unearned gift of grace. The reflective season of “going in” that Lent provided (no matter what disciplines we undertook, nor even how well we attended to them) explodes on Easter. Of course, we cannot “figure it out.” How comforting, then, to have these scriptures, showing first how the disciples struggled to grasp what had happened and then stories of Jesus before the crucifixion, which are written in the light of the Resurrection.

As Easter people we know, as Paul said, that nothing, not even death, shall separate us from the love of God. We are people who expect life out of death. And so, in Eastertide we celebrate the wonder and prepare ourselves to take the awesome message out into the world on Pentecost.

Acts Lesson Plans

During Eastertide, the Old Testament readings are replaced in the lectionary with passages from the book of Acts. Alleluia, Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Last week we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord after emerging from the Lenten season of waiting and watching. We’ve walked with Jesus through the wilderness into Jerusalem and to the grave. But Easter isn’t over with just that one (glorious) festival celebration. No! Easter is a season of 50 days in which we name and claim our identity in Christ as an Easter People. Easter is a season of baptism and rebirth. Many of the scripture passages we will hear are about baptism or about Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Many churches use this as a season for baptisms and receptions into the church. It is the season when we reexplore our identity as Christians as it is the key to our faith tradition: that Jesus, the Son of God, died for our sins and rose to new life again from the grave. In doing so, Jesus has opened the pathway to everlasting life for all of us. Thanks be to God!


Year BScriptureGospel Lesson PlanActs
Easter DayActs 10:34-43
John 20:1-18
We Are Easter PeopleAlleluia, Christ is Risen!
Second Sunday of Easter IntergenerationalJohn 20:19-31Peacen/a
Second Sunday of EasterActs 4:31-35
John 20:19-31
Peace Be with YouOne Heart and Soul
Third Sunday of EasterActs 3:12-19 Luke 24:36b-48Seeing JesusI Believe
Fourth Sunday of EasterActs 4:5-12
John 10:11-18
The Good ShepherdWhat's in a Name?
Fifth Sunday of EasterActs 8:26-40
John 15:1-8
I am the Vine, You are the BranchesCalled to Teach
Sixth Sunday of EasterActs 10:44-48
John 15:9-17
Abide in my LoveBaptism is for All
Seventh Sunday of EasterActs 1:15-17,21-26
John 17:6-19
God’s Mission, Our MissionCalled and Counted