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April 1: Easter Sunday
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Please explore the Easter lesson through the resurrection story of Mark 16:1–8 as the women confront the holy awe inside Easter's empty tomb.

"He has been raised" puts the focus on Jesus as the object of the action done by another. That the women flee in "terror and amazement" indicates that they know exactly the identity of the unnamed subject of that verb. Terror and amazement are words that describe one’s response to a revelation of God. Silence is not a failed or inadequate response. We also stand hushed in awe at the cosmic power of God to take away death’s sting.

Excerpt by Gail R. O'Day, PhD, Dean of the Divinity School of Wake Forest University.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.

April 8: The Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:32–35
Looking at Acts 4:32–35, we will explore the empowering and gracious implication of the resurrection for our life in common as a community of faith.

What is God’s word calling us to do? “In Acts, we read that the community of believers had grown to about five thousand members. Yet, those people were of “one heart and soul” (v. 32). How else could that have happened except through the unifying power and reconciling peace of the Holy Spirit? And that is what we need in the Christian church today—to receive God’s gift of unity in the midst of our diversity.”

– Excerpt by the Rev. George Wirth, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.

April 15: The Third Sunday of Easter
Luke 24:36–48
By exploring Luke 24:36–48, we will consider what it means to live as witnesses to the risen Christ.

“Jesus suddenly appeared in the midst of his early followers. He brought change to their lives as they moved from fright to joy mixed with disbelief to understanding. As they witnessed to the risen Christ, they knew that Jesus did not bring them security; rather, they risked all in following his call. For they had come to understand that Jesus had conquered the ultimate threat, death itself, and their fears were groundless. The challenge to twenty-first century Christians is great. Are we able to let go of our desire to be secure?”

Excerpt by the Rev. Nancy Blakely, Hospice Chaplain.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.

April 22: The Fourth Sunday of Easter
John 10:11–18
In the Gospel of John (John 10:11–18), we hear Jesus say that he is the Good Shepherd. What does it mean for us to know Jesus as the Good Shepherd and that we are known and cared for?

“John makes it clear that the work of gathering the flock belongs to Jesus and God—we are to provide a space where all are welcome. The Good Shepherd is a powerful image for us—who hunger for connection in a society that values individualism and secularism. In our moments of loneliness, isolation, alienation, and hopelessness, the Good Shepherd responds to our deepest yearnings for community by offering an alternative to our fears, separation, and insecurities.”

Excerpt by the Rev. Barbara Essex, Pacific School of Religion, Berkley, California.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.

April 29: The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 8:26–40
Led by the Spirit: By exploring Acts 8:26–40, we will learn to follow the example of those, like Philip, whom God’s Spirit uses to open scripture and faith to others.

Some adults may be uncomfortable with the sexual identity of the Ethiopian eunuch in today’s lesson. God’s Spirit often leads us to unexpected places and persons. In this story God uses a willing Philip to open the doors of Scripture to one accustomed to closed doors. How can we relate to the eunuch’s life-experiences of rejection? What must it have felt when Philip included him? Today’s story seeks to be gracious toward all. How are we prompted by God’s Spirit to include others?

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.