Early on the first day of the week, . . . Mary Magdalene [said] “. . . tell me where you have laid him, . . .” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” . . . Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
From sermon4kids.com: “The Jesus we serve willingly took up his cross, . . . He is risen and lives in heaven with God, his Father. The Bible tells us that everyone who believes in him, will join him in heaven with the Father.”
Scripture: April 1, 2018—Acts 10:34–43; 1 Corinthians 15:1–11; Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24; and John 20:1–18.
Collect: Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Paul’s claim about Christ Jesus in 1 Corinthians 15 is a creed: Christ died, was buried, was raised, and appeared to many disciples and finally to Paul, who writes, “by the grace of God I am what I am” (v. 10). If you were to say those words of yourself, what would it mean that everything about you—all you are and have done—is “by the grace of God”? Where is God’s grace evident in your life today?
Image: Medieval wall painting from Seething, Norfolk.
Sunday School 9:15 am, selected classes only
Eye Candy: “Resurrection” by Paul T. Granlund [Editor: my all-time favorite]; “I do not know where they have laid him” by Jan Richardson; Medieval wall painting from Seething, Norfolk; “Easter Morning” by James Janknegt
Ear Worm: “He arose“, a sweet arrangement sung by two darling boys “He a-wose”; “Worthy is the Lamb” by Pepper Choplin; “Worthy is the Lamb” and “Amen” from Handel’s Messiah sung by the Morman Tabernacle Choir
Movies/Videos: “Phenomenon” (1996), many parallels to the Easter story; “The Gospel of John” (2014), “excellent film version of the Gospel of John”; “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), a struggle with schezophrenia
This week we are helping with the Easter egg hunt – hiding the eggs.