the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in
one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like
the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were
sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and
a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with
the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them
Why do you think
that the Holy Spirit comes in wind, fire, and language? How do you experience the Holy Spirit? What is the Spirit stirring up in you?
Holy Spirit, Breath of Life, breathe the fire of your love into us. Shape us, give us life, make us whole. Help us to spread the love of Christ to the ends of the earth. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
[Jesus said] “You will receive
power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in
Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When
he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him
out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing
up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They
said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus,
who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you
saw him go into heaven.”
Why do you think that Jesus ascends to heaven, instead of staying on earth?
Why send the Holy Spirit?
What are you looking forward to?
Risen Christ, thank you for making a place for us in heaven. Send your Holy Spirit among us, that we may be your risen people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Jesus answered [Judas
(not Iscariot),] “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will
love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever
does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not
mine, but is from the Father who sent me. 25“I have said these things to you while I am still with
you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will
send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have
said to you.
Where is the place that you call home?
What difference does it make to know that God is at home with you there, as well?
What do you think of the Holy Spirit?
Where does the Spirit show up in your life?
Risen Christ, thank you for making your home with us, and for sending your Holy Spirit to teach us and remind us of your presence. Fill us with your abiding love. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
When he had gone out, Jesus
said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in
him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify
him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children,
I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the
Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34I
give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved
you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will
know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
What are some ways that God shows love for you? What are some ways that others show you they love you? How do you show your love for others?
Risen Christ, thank you for loving us enough to go to the cross for us. Help us to obey your commandment, to love another as you first loved us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
25Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do
not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26but
you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My
sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give
them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of
my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than all
else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30The
Father and I are one.”
are some ways that you listen for God?
What does it mean to you to know that no one can snatch you out of God’s
Risen Christ, thank you for making us your sheep. Open our ears to hear your voice, that we may
learn to follow you. In Jesus’ name we
3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing. 4Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the
disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them,
“Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6He
said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find
some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there
were so many fish. 7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to
Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on
some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8But
the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they
were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. 9When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there,
with fish on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some
of the fish that you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter went
aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of
them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus
said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask
him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus
came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the
fish. 14This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the
disciples after he was raised from the dead.
QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
do you think that Peter decides to go fishing?
Why do you think that Jesus provided so many fish? Tell about a time when you had an amazing
breakfast. What made it memorable?
Risen Christ, we are thankful that you appeared to Thomas, and helped him to believe in you. Help us to believe in the great miracle of Easter, too, and to share it with those who need to hear it. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the
house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came
and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After
he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples
rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to
them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send
you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them
and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If
you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of
any, they are retained.”
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin[a), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples
were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were
shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then
he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand
and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas
answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said
to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have
not seen and yet have come to believe.”
QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
is something that you had to see in order to believe? What/who do you believe, even if you have
never seen it for yourself? Why do you
think Jesus says “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe”?