Apr 01

2nd Sunday of Easter (Year C)

alleluiaActs 5:27-32
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • It may be helpful to identify the “them” in this passage when you read it.  (Pronouns at the start of pericopies are such fun, aren’t they?)  The first “they” refers to the captain of the temple guard and his guards.  The second “they” refers to the apostles.
  • The temple leaders were determined to avoid any connection to Jesus or his death (they did not believe in his resurrection).  So, they try to quiet anyone and everyone who preaches in Jesus’ name.  Who tries to quiet us?  Or, do we quiet ourselves?
  • Hymn suggestion: Trust and Obey.
Psalm 118:14-29
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • We have read portions of this Psalm on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.  Be sure to click the links to check the previously posted ideas and suggestions.
  • Plan your worship service so that “there are glad songs in the tents of the righteous”: feature as much music as possible.  Sing through all of the Easter hymns in your hymnal.  Dare to learn some new hymns.  Sing your prayers and affirmations.
Psalm 150
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • If you are featuring music in your worship service (as suggested above), you may want to read (or sing) this scripture, too.
  • Decorate your worship space with a variety of instruments – especially those mentioned in the psalm.
  • Not everyone likes to sing, so provide some simple instruments for people to use during worship.
    • Use a hymnal, placed on your lap, as a “drum”.
    • Have any plastic eggs left from Easter?  Fill them with a few teaspoons of dry rice, pasta, or beans to create shaker instruments.  Be sure to glue or tape the eggs closed, so they don’t accidentally open and make a mess.
    • Party favors and noise-makers are available in most discount stores.
Revelation 1:4-8
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • Jesus made us to be a kingdom together.  How are we working together to help build and further the kingdom?
  • All of us are called to serve as “priests” of the kingdom.  Commission everyone in the worship service to ministry.
  • Christ is lifted up as the “ruler of the kings of the earth”.  Feature a crown in your worship display.  Since the crown that Jesus wore was a crown of thorns, you may want to use that.  Want to make it special?  Paint gold highlights on it.
John 20:19-31
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • Jesus repeats his greeting of “Peace be with you” three times.  Use peace symbols in your worship display.
  • Thomas is usually called a doubter, but he is the only one who names Jesus as “my Lord” in this passage.
  • The gospel writer shares his/her witness — will we?  Invite your congregation to write the next chapter of the gospel.
  • Are there any artists in your congregation or community?  Invite them to draw or sculpt their own depiction of the risen Lord.  Or, give art supplies to the kids and youth, inviting them to create artwork during worship that depicts the risen Lord.  Put the artwork on display throughout the Easter season.
  • Jesus sends us out, and our first directive is to forgive.
  • Who retains the sin if it is not forgiven?  Is it the sinner?  Or is it the one who does not forgive?

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