Category Archives: Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter

God’s constant, shepherd-like care.

Collect: Fourth Sunday of Easter.

 O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice  we may know him who call us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever.

Acts 4:5-12. . . Peter preaches that salvation is to be found in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, crucified, but raised from death by God

Psalm 23 . . . A Song From the Flock of God

1 John 3:16-24 . . . because of God’s love shown in Jesus, we are now God’s children.

John 10:11-18 . . . Jesus explains how he, as our Good Shepherd, lays down his life because he cares for his sheep.

Sermon Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on the Fourth Sunday in Easter : “Jesus Christ the True Shepherd” by Pastor Todd Peperkorn

 

Third Sunday in Easter

 Jesus is risen and present with us

Collect: Third Sunday of Easter

 O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

.Acts 3:12-19  . . . Peter preaches about the power of God in Jesus and calls his listeners to respond with repentance and conversion

Psalm 4 . . . The Answering Voice

1 John 3:1-7 . . . Jesus intercedes for us, removing our sin and calling us to the obedience of love.

Luke 24: 36b-48  . . . Jesus invites the disciples to touch his risen body and to understand the meaning of the scriptures.

Will Willimon preaches a sermon called, “Presence Matters,” from Luke 24:36b-48, in which the risen Lord comes to stand among his disciples. “It’s not enough to be risen,” Willimon argues: “Jesus has to be present among us.”

Second Sunday in Easter

Jesus’ victory over death and his gift of faith to his followers

Collect: Second Sunday of Easter[i]

 Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation:  Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Acts 4:32-35 . . . the generosity and compassion of the disciples testify to their unity and faith

Psalm 133. . .  The Treasure of Unity

1 John 1:1–2:2. . . l  we are victors when we believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

John 20:19-31 . . . Thomas’s doubts are transformed as he worships the risen Lord.

“You Missed It”  Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, tells the story of Doubting Thomas from John 20:19-31, and makes the observation that, if you’re not in the room, you could miss something really important

Easter Sunday

The good news of Jesus’ triumph over death with the conviction that what happened to Jesus will also happen to us.

Collect: Easter Sunday

 Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 10:34-43 . . .  Peter preaches the good news: Jesus, judge of the living and the dead, offers forgiveness.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 . . . the hearts of believers resound with shouts of victory: “The Lord has done a mighty thing!

1 Corinthians 15:1-11. . . Paul reminds us that Christ is now our life, and we have set our hearts on him.

John 20:1-18. . . the tomb is empty, and the risen Jesus reassure Mary Magdalene of his victory.

A sermon on John “Shed it.” in the West Zion Mennonite Church

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Mark 16:1-8

Sermon on Mark  by The Rev. Michael Livingston, Senior Executive Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, preaches a sermon called “In Praise of Mark’s Easter Story,” from Mark 16:1-8. Rev. Livingston is a great fan of Mark’s Gospel, and thinks of it not as a poorer telling of the Jesus story, but as a wonderful “primer” for ministry.

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter

A testimony to the power of Christian community.

 

Collect: Seventh Sunday of Easter

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to that place where our savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen

Acts 1:6-14 . . .  God’s Spirit astonishes and empowers the community.

Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36 . . .

1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11 . . . Peter encourages the community to consider the blessing—intimacy with the Spirit—that is theirs when they suffer for God’s sake

John 17:1-11 . . .  Jesus prays that God would protect his disciples’ unity.

Dr. Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday, preaches a sermon called, “The Whole World is Watching,” from John 17:1-11. Originally conceived as a meditation for Worldwide Communion Sunday, this imaginative piece focuses on Jesus’ prayer that his disciples “might all be one.”

Ascension Day, Thursday, May 26, 2017

Collect: Ascension Day

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Acts:1-11 . . . the last events and instructions of Jesus’ earthly ministry before he is lifted up to heaven

Psalm 47 . . . Gathering  Before the Throne: a God of order and providence in the midst of a world of chaos.  . . . a sense of rightness with the world.

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Psalm 93 . . . God clothed in Creation: God is both immanence and transcendence.  There is a dynamic quality to the divine Presence that does not leave the creation alone or its creatures in affected. Yes, immanence and transcendence seem to be opposites; it is the Holy Spirit, the advocate, that reconciles, and lets us in on the experience.

Ephesians 1:15-23 . . . Paul gives thanks for the faith and love of the Ephesians and prays that they may see with their inward eyes the power of God, who has raised and enthroned Jesus far above all earthy and heavenly dominions.

Luke 24:44-53 . . . Jesus leaves his followers with the promise of the Holy Spirit and is carried up into heaven.

 
Ascension Day Sermon – Christ The Trailblazer

Sixth Sunday in Easter

Let Us  Remain Steadfast in Our Witness to the Good News
Collect: Sixth Sunday of Easter

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promise, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, forever and ever. Amen

Acts 17:22-31 . . . Paul’s address in a public forum to the curious citizens
Psalm 66:7-18 . . . A hymn of praise and thanksgiving
1 Peter 3:13-22 . . .  This is guidance for all Christians, counseling readiness to suffer patiently for doing what is right.
John 14:15-21 . . . Jesus promises his followers that those who love him will be guided by the Holy Spirit and will also see him.
Sermon: The Paraclete. Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter, Year A

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Published on May 14, 2017

 

Fifth Sunday in Easter

We are invited to consider our lives as a journey with Christ to a glorious, final home with God.

Collect: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Acts 7:55-60 . . . that journey includes both misunderstanding and suffering at the hands of those opposed to the gospel of Christ.

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 . . . The Hidden Face of Love

1 Peter 2:2-10 . . .  The journeying with Jesus means being joined with him into a spiritual house, members of a holy nation.

John 14:1-14 . . . Jesus assures his disciples that their earthly journey culminates in an eternal home with their heavenly Father

A Homily on “Many rooms in my Father’s house:”  What happens after we die? What are these rooms that Jesus speaks about in today’s gospel?  by Geoffrey Plant   A talk on what “Resurrection” really means, in scripture terms.

Fourth Sunday in Easter

Jesus as our shepherd-leader

Collect: Fourth Sunday in Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with your and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Acts 2:42-47. . . Peter’s testimony moves the people to repent and be baptized, acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Messiah.

Psalm 23 . . .  a song from the flock of God

1 Peter 2:19-25 . . . Christ as suffering servant, a leader who is both redeemer and example.

John 10:1-10 . . . Jesus compares his relationship with God’s people to a shepherd’s care for the sheep.

Theme: Recognizing The Shepherd’s voice by Rev. Fr. Theme: Recognizing The Shepherd’s voice 

 

 

Third Sunday in Easter

An Invitation  Into Fellowship With the Resurrected Christ and With Each Other

Collect: Third Sunday in Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

 

Acts 2:14, 36-41 . . . how faith in the resurrected Jesus empowers the fledgling community of believers.

Psalm 116:1-3,10-17 . . . The Offered Cup

1 Peter 1:17-23 . . . A further exploration of Jesus’ redemptive work, the one who ransoms us from emptiness and exile.

Luke 24:13-35 . . . the risen Jesus teaches two disciples from the scriptures and shares a meal with them, establishing a pattern we still follow in our weekly liturgy.

Richard W. Voelz is an Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. In his sermon from Luke 24:13-35 he asks the question: “Have you ever felt the sting of a broken promise?” Cleopas and his companion had. They walked the road to Emmaus with their heads