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Apr 14

3rd Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Acts 3:12-19

  • It may be helpful to provide a fuller context for this narrative.  I suggest that you start the reading at verse 1, and read Acts 3:1-19.  This way, you (and the congregation) understand what it is that Peter saw in verse 12.  And more than that, it is a really great story!
  • Especially if you decide to read this narrative in its larger context (starting in verse 1), this could be presented as a readers theatre or simple drama.  You don’t even need people to speak the parts – just let a narrator read the scripture, and have people act out the scene (pantomime).
  • If you use projection equipment, I suggest using images of people being lifted up, people being offered (or offering) a helping hand, and people standing (perhaps with some assistance).
  • One of the primary messages of this text is that there is power in the name of Christ Jesus.  Throughout your worship display and/or worship space, display (on posters, projected images, using alphabet blocks, etc) the name of Jesus.  Use different fonts, colors, and sizes – and multiple languages – to create your display.

Psalm 4

  • I wonder if we hear this differently if we imagine Jesus saying these words…
  • If you are preaching on this text, there are some interesting images/objects that you can use in your worship space:
    • Telephones (“Answer me when I call”…)
    • Bedroll/Sleeping Bag (“ponder it on your beds”…)

1 John 3:1-7

  • Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that we’re either 100% righteous or 100% sinful.  The sad truth is that we are both.  We’re not totally good and perfect, and we’re not totally bad and faulty.  Knowing this, the writer calls for self-reflection.  All who have hope in Christ will purify themselves (not others – just themselves) – the change starts with us.
  • A great pop song to go along with this passage: Man In The Mirror, by Michael Jackson.  If you have never heard the song, you need to check it out.  They lyrics are fantastic.  (Some of my favorite versions of this song – as well as the albums on which they are featured – are listed below.)

Luke 24:36b-48

  • Doesn’t it seem as though we’ve already heard this text before?  The Gospel texts for the last few Sundays have all featured post-resurrection encounters that follow a similar pattern (Jesus appears, there is disbelief and/or fear, Jesus reassures everyone, and the Jesus teaches).  Maybe we have all of these different narratives because we need them.  Maybe the disciples aren’t the only ones who are not completely comfortable with a resurrected Christ.  Maybe the disciples aren’t the only ones who need to hear Jesus telling them to be at peace.  Maybe the disciples aren’t the only ones who need to hear Jesus’ teaching and commissioning again and again
  • If you really want to be bold and herring (I mean, bold and daring), you could serve chunks of broiled fish during worship.  You will want to be mindful of allergies, of course, but it could be a simple way for people to “experience” the text in a new way.
  • What does it look like to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins?  Maybe it starts with our serving as living examples.  Maybe it starts with our repentance and our forgiveness of others.

 

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