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Apr 14

4th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

green pasturesActs 9:36-43
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • This text can easily be presented as a dramatic reading.  Kids and youth may really enjoy pantomiming the scripture as it is read.
  • Some women’s circle groups in churches are called “Dorcas Circles” or “Tabitha Circles”.  Use this Sunday as an opportunity to honor the women and women’s organizations in your congregation.
  • Does your church have a crafting group or prayer shawl ministry?  Pray over their ministry, blessing them and the many things that they make.
  • Does someone need to tell you to “get up”?  Is there something in your life that needs the gift of new life and resurrection?  Pray for new life in your church and community.
  • Decorate your worship space with handmade clothing, quilts, blankets, and other crafts.
Psalm 23
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • The 4th Sunday of Easter is often called “Good Shepherd Sunday”.  You may want to use a variety of “shepherd” images in your worship display.
  • I have written about this scripture before – click here to check out what was suggested last year.
  • The message that God cares for us like a shepherd cares for his/her sheep is a message that most (if not all) of us need to hear again and again.
  • Invite people in the congregation to illustrate this text while you read it and preach it.  You could use craft paper that comes on a roll (either taping it to a wall or rolling it out on the floor), letting people draw on it with crayons or colored pencils.  If you use markers, be sure that the markers use washable ink and that the color does not bleed-through the paper.
  • Decorate your worship space with artificial lawn/turf and/or fountains (streams) of water.
Revelation 7:9-17
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • Different traditions may have different takes (different interpretations) of the phrase “the great ordeal”.  You may want to explore a variety of commentaries to learn more about your traditions – as well as the faith traditions of others.
  • The elder proclaims that the people will “hunger no more”.  Use this as an opportunity to talk about the issue of hunger.  Collect funds or non-perishable food donations for a local food pantry or soup kitchen.
John 10:22-30
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • Jesus is walking in the temple at the time of the Festival of Dedication.  Not familiar with the “Festival of Dedication“?  Most of us know it as Hanukkah.
  • Do we believe?  Do we hear the voice of the Shepherd?  Do we recognize the Shepherd’s voice?

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