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Apr 09

3rd Sunday of Easter (Year C)

fishing buoysActs 9:1-6, (7-20)
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • What would it sound like when someone is “breathing threats and murder”?  What would that feel like in that person’s throat / mouth / soul?
  • Saul loved the Lord, and was convinced that the Way that he followed was the only Way.  How do we do this to our fellow travelers along the Way?  What would the Lord say to us along the road?
  • Ananias is called to heal Saul in the name of Christ, but he is reluctant to answer the call.  Are there people we are called to serve and are reluctant to do so?  Are we willing to accept that God is calling those people to do something in and for the Kingdom?
  • Saul is healed through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the name of Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Offer a service of healing as part (or all) of your worship service.
  • Offer a baptismal renewal ceremony as part of your worship service.  Feature the font in your worship display.
Psalm 30
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • God’s anger is “for a moment”, and God’s favor is “for a lifetime”.  What does this mean to the people seated in the pews?  Do we carry this message to the streets and share it with others?  Or, do we “flip it”, and act as though God’s favor is momentary and God’s anger is for life?
  • God hears us when we pray – even when we pray from the pits of despair.  Allow for there to be plenty of opportunities for prayer – perhaps in a variety of forms – throughout the service.
Revelation 5:11-14
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • The images found in this passage are interesting – angels, living creatures, elders, the Lamb who was slaughtered…  Invite the children in your congregation (and, perhaps, the adults) to illustrate this passage during the service.
  • The writer describes all of the people/creatures singing their praises.  Invite your congregation to join their voices in song and hold a “hymn sing” during worship.
John 21:1-19
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • Decorate your worship space with fishing gear (nets, fishing rods, etc).
  • Is it “fishing season” in your area?  Offer to bless the fishers in your congregation and community.
  • Jesus has breakfast with his disciples.  Host a breakfast meal for your church and community.  Worship while you are all together around the table(s).
  • Did you notice that the text indicates that Simon Peter was fishing while he was naked?  I urge you to not dress in costume if you plan to preach a first-person narrative sermon as Simon Peter (unless you plan to dress as Simon Peter after he put some clothes on).

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