Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 23

(Even amid doubts and questions, we experience the resurrection in our Sunday gathering around word and meal, and in our everyday lives. Even as the early Christians proclaimed the resurrection, we rejoice in the new birth and living hope we receive in baptism.)

Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14, 22-32

Psalm 16

1 Peter 1:3-9

John 20: 19 – 31

“Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”

Sunday Morning Schedule

Regular Sunday morning schedule resumes at Good Shepherd with worship services at 8:30 am and 11:00 am. Family Faith Journey, our Sunday School program, begins at 9:45 am.. Also, confirmation instruction continues starting at 9:45 am.

Throughout the Easter Season the gospel lessons during worship retell the first disciples’ experiences with the Risen Lord.

May we, too, watch for appearances of the Risen Lord in our daily lives here in the 21st century.

He is risen!   He is risen indeed!    Alleluia!

Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 16

Resurrection of Our Lord

Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118

Colossians 3:1-4

Matthew 28: 1-10

“O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”

 

Question for Holy Week

In fulfillment of scripture and obedience to God’s will, Jesus goes to the cross so that a new covenant in his blood may bring forgiveness of sins. Even the soldiers who crucify him recognize him to be the Son of God.

Read Matthew 27: 32 – 54

How would you explain the meaning of the cross as a symbol of  your faith?