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What Does It Take? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2020
What does it take to become the church? Where is Jesus to be found in our midst?
Redemption In Christ -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Many years ago, I was invited to the home of a parish family for Easter dinner.
A time to reflect -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Jimmy Carter, in his memoir An Hour Before Daylight, recounted the number of tramps that freq
Homecoming -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Ian Maclaren tells the story of a young woman in his book Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush.
Big finish? -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- David Kalas -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Go to a fireworks show on the Fourth of July or some other festive occasion, and you will
The Stranger and we strangers -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Knowing Jesus, that is, in the biblical sense of knowing, assumes that we are in an intimate relatio
Reverent fear -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996

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Worship Opens Our Eyes -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2020
For April 26, 2020:
Meeting Jesus Again -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter a fellow travele
Where Is Emmaus? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Our lectionary gospel text this week brings us the familiar story from Luke of two disciples encount
Illustrations For April 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
It was in "the breaking of the bread" that the two disciples who had walked with Jesus to Emmaus tha
What Are The Odds? -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Generally speaking, there are very few people out there who are genuine risk-takers.
Well-Known Christians -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
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Oh, behave! -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live
Clean souls -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that
You were ransomed! -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Good morning, boys and girls! (hold up the trap) Who can tell me what this is?
The ransom is paid! -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Good morning! I have here a newspaper article about a
A place in heaven -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you live in a house?
A different kind of money -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
What does money look like? (Let them answer.

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Easter 3 -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mut

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Sermon Illustrations For Easter 3 (2020) -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Bill Thomas, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, M Adryael Tong -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2020
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Sermon Illustrations For Easter 3 -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Sermon Illustrations for Easter 3 -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Dr. Adam Geibel, a music... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Dr.
Democratic President Harry... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Democratic President Harry Truman so disliked Robert Taft, the Republican Senator from Ohio, that he
This lesson's call... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
This lesson's call to holy living seems to put more pressure on us.
NULL -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
NULL -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Marshall and Nathan are brothers, and sometimes they drive each other crazy.
NULL -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
During the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Giffords in Tucson, six other individuals were kil
Lionheart, they called him. They... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
"Lionheart," they called him. They named him that because of his courage in battle -- and
A team of people in... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
A team of people in Africa is working together to translate the gospel of Luke and some
How many times does someone... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
How many times does someone share an idea in a Sunday school class or committee
When I was growing up... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
When I was growing up, my grandmother had a favorite expression when referring to
Acts 2:14a, 36-41br... -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Bart had been outspoken, opposing... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Bart had been outspoken, opposing letting people from other racial and ethnic groups into the church
A woman writes of a... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
A woman writes of a reoccurring dream:
William Henry Harrison, then Governor... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
William Henry Harrison, then Governor of Indiana Territory, negotiated with Chief Tecumseh in 1810,
Love God and do as... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
"Love God and do as you will," said Augustine, the fifth-century bishop and theologian.
Love one another deeply from... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
"Love one another deeply from the heart," the minister tells them.
The futile ways of our... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
The "futile ways" of our society take on a profound foolishness when contrasted with the love of Chr

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Worship Opens Our Eyes -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2020
For April 26, 2020:
Meeting Jesus Again -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter a fellow travele
Where Is Emmaus? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Our lectionary gospel text this week brings us the familiar story from Luke of two disciples encount
Illustrations For April 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
It was in "the breaking of the bread" that the two disciples who had walked with Jesus to Emmaus tha
What Are The Odds? -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Generally speaking, there are very few people out there who are genuine risk-takers.

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Worship Opens Our Eyes -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2020
For April 26, 2020:
Meeting Jesus Again -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter a fellow travele
Where Is Emmaus? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Our lectionary gospel text this week brings us the familiar story from Luke of two disciples encount
Illustrations For April 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
It was in "the breaking of the bread" that the two disciples who had walked with Jesus to Emmaus tha
What Are The Odds? -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Generally speaking, there are very few people out there who are genuine risk-takers.
Well-Known Christians -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

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Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
Theme For The DayJesus Christ is Lord of the commonplace.
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme Jesus out of the grave and alive and with us.
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
The risen Christ is revealed -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

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Worship Opens Our Eyes -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2020
For April 26, 2020:
Meeting Jesus Again -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter a fellow travele
Where Is Emmaus? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Our lectionary gospel text this week brings us the familiar story from Luke of two disciples encount
Illustrations For April 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
It was in "the breaking of the bread" that the two disciples who had walked with Jesus to Emmaus tha
What Are The Odds? -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Generally speaking, there are very few people out there who are genuine risk-takers.
Well-Known Christians -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

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Oddballs For God -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- David O. Bales -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Immigration reform swirls around us. Immigrants, documented and undocumented, live among us.
Because -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Richard W. Ferris -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
A group of kindergarten children visited the local police station and were given a tour by one of th
Genuine Mutual Love -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
A rather insightful novel about the problem of Christian missions to Africa is Barbara Kingsolver's
A Time To Be Born Anew -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
A man comes to Jesus by night, a ruler of the Jews; his name is Nicodemus.

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Strangers Or Neighbours? -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
A week or two ago I received an unexpected registered package through the post.

Stories

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Saved From Violence -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- John Fitzgerald, Peter Andrew Smith -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Contents"Saved from Violence" by John Fitzgerald
The Feud -- John 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Keith Hewitt, John E. Sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Contents"The Feud" by Keith Hewitt "Two Mothering Pastors" by John Sumwalt
Speak The Truth In Love -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- John S. Smylie, Sandra Herrmann -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "Speak the Truth in Love" by John Smylie
Growing Pains -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
StoryShare Edited by John Sumwalt and Jo Perry-Sumwalt

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Worship Opens Our Eyes -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2020
For April 26, 2020:
Meeting Jesus Again -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter a fellow travele
Where Is Emmaus? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Our lectionary gospel text this week brings us the familiar story from Luke of two disciples encount
Illustrations For April 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
It was in "the breaking of the bread" that the two disciples who had walked with Jesus to Emmaus tha
What Are The Odds? -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Generally speaking, there are very few people out there who are genuine risk-takers.
Well-Known Christians -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

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Easter 3 -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Gathering Litany
Easter 3 -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: Where shattered hearts are made whole,
The Promise Is For All -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Acts 2:39)
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
HymnsI Want To Be Ready (NCH616)
Third Sunday Of Easter -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Theme: A Call To Holy LivingCall To Worship
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Acts 2:14, 36-41Theme: The Promise Is For YouCall To Worship
Loving Deeply From The Heart -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1992
Suggestions:Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 2: 14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- B. David Hostetter -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
EASTER 3 -- Psalm 116:12-19, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Norman A. Beck -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1986
In the three New Testament texts chosen for Easter 3, Series A, the message that God raised Jesus fr
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Katy Stenta
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Bethany Peerbolte
Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
For April 18, 2021:
  • Peace Be With You by Katy Stenta — Can we create solutions that are not just one-size-fits-all, but instead create a system of peace, as we work with the wounds and scars that are going to exist into the future?
  • Second Thoughts: From Salsa to Secretary by Mary Austin — We move toward the future with purposes we hardly see, rooted in our identity as God’s children.

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John Jamison
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

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"Pause, Sign, Ponder, Reflect" by Frank Ramirez
"Reunite Refugee Children and Parents" by John Sumwalt
 

Pause, Sign, Ponder, Reflect
by Frank Ramirez
Psalm 4

When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. (v. 4)

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Acts 3:12-19
Wayne Brouwer
Note: This installment was originally published for April 22, 2012.

During the time of the Reformation, John Foxe of England was impressed by the testimony of the early Christians. He gleaned the pages of early historical writings, and wrote a book that has become a classic in the church: Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

One story he tells is about an early church leader named Lawrence. Lawrence acted as a pastor for a church community. He also collected the offerings for the poor each week and that led to his death.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
Lord, have mercy.


Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
Christ, have mercy.


Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.

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John A. Stroman
The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
Robert A. Noblett
Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
James R. Wilson
First Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
Theme: Responding to God with repentance

Call To Worship
Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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