April 1, 2018, Lectionary

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We have waited for Him and He will save us. Waited like waitstaff at a restaurant? Waited like "waiting in the wings"? Waited like a maid on her mistress? Waited like a nightwatch person for the morning? Isaiah 25:6-9

Only twice Paul says he received something and delivered it. These became formative and formal remembrances in the heart of the church. They are the Lord's last supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-25) and the Lord's resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-11).

Peter's telling about Jesus' life in the Holy Spirit, His execution, and His resurrection paved the way for Cornelius, from a very different background, to accept Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:34-43

I get to tell the Easter Story again tomorrow at a local Community Easter Egg hunt. I'm convinced a human mind will never be able to fully comprehend the story, yet there's joy in trying again. John 20:1-18; Mark 16:1-8

Thoughts about Listening

As we practice listening, the veil is gradually lifted so we can understand better. Isaiah 25:6-9

If I have seen something that could help others, I feel under obligation to tell what I saw, and to try to tell it in ways and places where it will get heard. 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Witnesses, those who see with deep and broad precision and talk about it with discretion, are valuable personally as conversation partners and publicly in the courts and in the pulpits. Acts 10:34-43

When a person feels like no one has heard or believes his or her story, he or she usually keeps on trying to tell it again and again. John 20:1-18; Mark 16:1-8

Bible Reading Group Homework

1.    In what is your greatest Easter happiness this year?

2.    Read or listen to Isaiah 25:6-9. Tell an experience in which you waited, and tell what you did while waiting. What do you think the women did while waiting for the Sabbath to end, and then while waiting for someone to roll away the stone?

3.    Read or listen to 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. This reading, or part of it, was likely a telling of the story of Jesus’ resurrection that had been told over and over in the same way until it became formalized. How may people does Paul list as having seen the resurrected Christ?

4.    Read or listen to Acts 10:34-43. This is Peter’s story of the resurrection, starting way back with Jesus’ doing good and healing by the power of the Holy Spirit. How many do you think Peter includes in those who ate and drank “with him after he rose from the dead”?

5.    Read or listen to John 20:1-18 and Mark 16:1-8. Choose drama, dance, or reading the story aloud together, in order to embody the feelings of the story. Choose either the John or the Mark presentation to use as the basis for your work together.


1.    ¿Qué es lo que le causa más  felicidad este año sobre la Pascua?

2.    Leer o escuchar Isaías 25: 6-9. Cuente una experiencia en la que esperó y diga lo que hizo mientras esperaba. ¿Qué cree que hicieron las mujeres mientras esperaban que terminara el sábado, y luego mientras esperaban que alguien moviera la piedra?

3.    Leer o escuchar 1 Corintios 15: 1-11. Esta lectura, o parte de ella, era probablemente una narración de la historia de la resurrección de Jesús, que había sido contada una y otra vez de la misma manera hasta que se formalizó. ¿Cómo pudo catalogar la gente a Pablo por  haber visto al Cristo resucitado?

4.    Leer o escuchar Hechos 10: 34-43. Esta es la historia de Pedro sobre la resurrección, comenzando desde el tiempo en que Jesús hizo el bien y sanó por el poder del Espíritu Santo. ¿Cuántos cree que son incluidos por Pedro entre los que comieron y bebieron "con  Él  después de resucitar de entre los muertos"?

5.    Leer o escuchar Juan 20: 1-18 y Marcos 16: 1-8. Elija drama, baile o lea en voz alta la historia, para encarnar los sentimientos de la historia. Elija la presentación Juan o Marcos para usarla como base en su trabajo conjunto.