Easter B

Easter Vigil (B) – 2006

April 15, 2006 Romans 6:3-11; John:19:38-42 Last night we became intensely aware of darkness, surrounded by the night of grief that is almost insulted by light. As Edwin Arlington Robinson writes in “Credo” fro … [Read More...]

Easter Day (B) – 2006

April 16, 2006 Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 24:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2. 14-24; I Cor. 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8 I Have Seen the Lord! The Light has burst through the darkness. The long … [Read More...]

2 Easter (B) – 2006

April 23, 2006 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 This gospel in John is what is traditionally read every year on the first Sunday after Easter. For reasons that become less and less clear … [Read More...]

3 Easter (B) – 2006

April 30, 2006 Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 The mystery and miracle of Jesus’ resurrection is as fresh in our minds as it was for the apostles. Together we have witnessed the events that … [Read More...]

4 Easter (B) – 2006

May 7, 2006 Acts 4:5-12;Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 This is the story of an Easter people on a Sunday morning, welcoming a visitor who steps in off the street. “Hi! My name is Joe” his name tag r … [Read More...]

5 Easter (B) – 2006

May 14, 2006 Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8 Theologians through the ages have written about Christians’ penchant for a “milquetoast Jesus,” who is, in today’s parlance, something of a wimp. … [Read More...]

6 Easter (B) – 2006

May 21, 2006 Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 As we move from Easter to Pentecost our lessons highlight the broad spectrum of what the Christian faith brings to the people of God. The Gospel … [Read More...]

Ascension Day (B) – 2006

May 26, 2006 Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 In the rural county of Norfolk, England, there is a town known as Little Walsingham. Inside the town’s church, there are a n … [Read More...]

7 Easter (B) – 2006

May 28, 2006 Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19 Everybody knows that oysters sometimes make pearls; and that fascinating reality has been used to illustrate many a point. But here’s an ol … [Read More...]

Easter Vigil (B) – 2009

April 11, 2009 (RCL) The Liturgy of the Word : Genesis 1:1-2:4a [The Story of Creation] Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18, 8:6-18, 9:8-13 [The Flood] Genesis 22:1-18 [Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac] Exodus 14:10-31; … [Read More...]

Easter Day (B) – 2009

April 12, 2009 (Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8) Those of you who have nearly lost someone near and dear will find the … [Read More...]

2 Easter (B) – 2009

April 19, 2009 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 Poor Thomas! We’re at that time of year again. Easter Day is past and once more we’re reading about Thomas, who evidently just can’t beli … [Read More...]

3 Easter (B) – 2009

April 26, 2009 Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 Have you noticed that many of the post-Easter stories about the resurrected Jesus are centered on meals? The disciples knew the Lord in the … [Read More...]

4 Easter (B) – 2009

May 3, 2009 Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 As is often the case, what is not included in our lessons may be of utmost importance in our hearing what is going on in these lessons. For … [Read More...]

5 Easter (B) – 2009

May 10, 2009 Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:24-30; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8 Philip the Deacon was one of the seven appointed deacons Luke mentions in the sixth chapter of Acts, and he is perhaps more properly … [Read More...]

6 Easter (B) – 2009

May 17, 2009 Acts 10:44-48, Psalm 98, 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 In the Acts of the Apostles, we see our Christian Church in its earliest, most perfect and probably most idealized form. There were no … [Read More...]

Ascension Day (B) – 2009

May 21, 2009 Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 “He came singing love, and He lived singing love He died…singing love He arose in silence For the love to go on, we must make it … [Read More...]

7 Easter (B) – 2009

May 24, 2009 Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19 We have arrived at the end of the Easter season in the church calendar. Throughout the season we heard the stories once again recounting … [Read More...]

Easter Vigil (B) – 2012

April 7, 2012 (Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13; Genesis 22:1-18; Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21; Isaiah 55:1-11; Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4; Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6; Ezekiel 36:24-28; Zephaniah … [Read More...]

Easter Day (B) – 2012

April 8, 2012 Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8 Mary Magdalene is lost in the grief following her rabbi, Jesus’, death. T … [Read More...]

2 Easter (B) – 2012

April 15, 2012 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 Martin Luther once said, “That upon which you set your heart and put your trust is properly your god.” Luther was talking about what it mea … [Read More...]

3 Easter (B) – April 22, 2012

By Frederica Helmiere (Acts 3:12-19, Psalm 4, 1 John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36b-48) The Jesuit priest and renowned teacher on prayer Anthony de Mello suggests an interesting spiritual practice based on the questions … [Read More...]

4 Easter (B) – April 29, 2012

By the Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek (Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18) As is often the case, what is not included in our lessons may be of utmost importance in our hearing what is going on in … [Read More...]

5 Easter (B) – May 6, 2012

By Stephen P. Hagerty (Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:24-30; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8) Unfortunately, some of us feel that if we don’t check our smartphones every few minutes, we will miss out on something crucial, m … [Read More...]

6 Easter (B) – May 13, 2012

May 13, 2012 Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 This is my commandment, Jesus tells his disciples, that you love one another, as I have loved you. The language of commandment is deliberate; … [Read More...]

Ascension Day (B) – May 17, 2012

May 17, 2012 Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 [NOTE: Dayenu is pronounced “die-YAY-new.”] They say that the sequel is never the equal. The movie that comes after the ori … [Read More...]

7 Easter (B) – May 20, 2012

By Craig Canfield (Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19) “Once there was a little girl who always laughed and grinned and made fun of everyone, of all her blood and kin, and once when t … [Read More...]

Good Friday (A,B,C) – 2015

April 3, 2015 Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 Take up your cross, the Savior said, if you would my disciple be. Well, today we see what that really m … [Read More...]

Easter Vigil (B) – 2015

April 4, 2015 Exodus 14:10-31, 15:20-21; Romans 6:3-11; Psalm 114; Mark 16:1-8 Welcome friends. This is the night. This is the night we gather as God’s people to hear the stories that matter most to us, the s … [Read More...]

Easter Day (B) – 2015

April 5, 2015 Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8 Can you image that celebrating Easter might bring danger for most of us? … [Read More...]

2 Easter (B) – 2015

April 12, 2015 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 Last Sunday, the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we proclaimed with joy and wonder: “He is risen!” That was the … [Read More...]

3 Easter (B) – 2015

April 19, 2015 Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! So there is Jesus standing among his closest friends, the disciples. That is … [Read More...]

4 Easter (B) – 2015

April 26, 2015 Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 The Fourth Sunday of Easter is always Good Shepherd Sunday, and there are always sheep everywhere you look. This year they’re especially t … [Read More...]

5 Easter (B) – 2015

May 3, 2015 Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:24-30; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8 The word on the street is that love is easy. We just do it. We talk about chemistry, and indeed, the scientists tell us that chemistry has … [Read More...]

6 Easter (B) – 2015

May 10, 2015 Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 The 15th chapter of John’s gospel is filled with love. These few verses appointed for today form the first part of the three dimensions of a C … [Read More...]

Ascension Day (A,B,C) – 2015

May 14, 2015 Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 “Lord, is it time?” How many questions like that do we ask on our journey in faith? In today’s reading from the Book of Acts, … [Read More...]

7 Easter (B) – 2015

May 17, 2015 Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19 “That they may be one.” We might be tempted to say, “Who are you kidding, Jesus? It didn’t happen in your time, did you imagine it would … [Read More...]

Pentecost (B) – 2015

May 24, 2015 Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 There’s no better time to celebrate the diversity of the Kingdom of God than on the Day of Pentecost. Separately, our d … [Read More...]