Tag Archive: 1 John

May 12

7th Sunday of Easter – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 1) Come, let us delight in the law of the Lord. Our joy is found in the love of God and neighbor. Come, let us be nourished by the Living Water. Together, we will worship the One who enables us to thrive.   Prayer of Confession (inspired by 1 …

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May 12

7th Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 The folks who select the readings for the RCL have made sure to suggest the PG-rated version of this narrative.  I suppose that I can understand that the gruesome details of the death of Judas aren’t exactly your standard, Sunday morning kind of fare, but…  Without some discussion of the fact that …

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May 08

6th Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Acts 10:44-48 God decides who is accepted and who receives the Spirit – not us. The Spirit of God is not dependant upon our action.  The Spirit of God does not wait for us to make a choice – the Spirit inspires a choice. The baptismal font should be front-and-center with a scripture reading like …

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May 01

5th Sunday of Easter – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 22)  *previously suggested for the 2nd Sunday in Lent (Year B)* Praise the Lord, all you who worship the Holy One! You children of Jacob, glorify God!  You children of Israel, stand in awe of the Lord of Hosts! All those who hunger are fed in abundance at the …

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May 01

5th Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Acts 8:26-40 Philip is sent by “an angel of the Lord” to meet with a stranger…on a road…in the middle of nowhere.  The man who Philip meets: a sexual minority (a eunuch), foreigner (from Ethiopia), who works for royalty (treasurer for the Candace of Ethiopia). The eunuch is reading the prophet Isaiah.  The passage he …

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Apr 19

4th Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Acts 4:5-12 The lectionary suggests that you start in verse 5, but it may be helpful to provide a bit more of the fuller context.  I suggest that you use Acts 4:1-12 as the reading. Would anyone put us on trial for our good deeds?  Would anyone accuse us of serving others in the name of …

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Apr 18

3rd Sunday of Easter – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by and adapted from 1 John 3:1 and Psalm 4:5) Look around, and see the love that God has given to us! We are honored and overjoyed to be called children of God! Let us offer right sacrifices in our worship, putting our complete trust in the Lord. We will give from …

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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 …

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Apr 08

2nd Sunday of Easter (Year B)

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  Acts 4:32-35 You know… we read this passage of scripture every year, and I think we all find ourselves asking, “Who lives like this?”  Yes, the world around us rarely resembles this narrative in any way, shape, or form.  Still, believers lived like this at one time.  It happened.  I truly believe that it did.  …

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Oct 25

All Saints

This Sunday, many of us will celebrate All Saints Sunday.  Now, officially, All Saints is on November 1; however, most Protestant Churches celebrate All Saints on the Sunday immediately prior to November 1.  Of course, this means that it tends to coincide (or, so might say that it conflicts) with Reformation Sunday (celebrating/remembering the “official” …

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