Easter VI – Year C

Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 61; Revelation 21:10-22:5; John 14:23-29

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

We live out our lives in the midst of a torrent of words. We keep Jesus’ word and his words by hearing his message and acting on his individual commands about how to live. Sometimes it’s a message that challenges us to move out of our comfort zone. When we keep his words by loving others we experience the peace of Easter, which draws us closer to God and drives out fear.

Easter V – Year C

Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

In commanding us to love one another Jesus gives us an identity as his followers and an agenda for how we should behave toward others. By example, he invited his disciples to follow him, he fed them, he healed them, gave them humble service and taught them to put their trust in God. The love of Jesus is a sacrifice, offering service so that others can have abundant life. His followers are identified by their love for others played out in following his example.

Easter IV – Year C

Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

“The Lord is my Shepherd” opens the most beloved passage in the Bible. We take comfort in the image of the Lord God as a caring shepherd who guides and cares for us, a care that is always good and merciful. In John’s gospel Jesus presents himself as the Good Shepherd who protects his flock. As members of the flock we receive a challenge to extend His care to those in need around us, relying on God’s grace working in us and through us.

Easter III – Year C

Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1 – 19

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

A long, futile night on the water ends with a new beginning. Seven of the apostles encounter Jesus on the beach, his third appearance since the resurrection, and are drawn back into a new relationship with him. Peter is commissioned to “feed my sheep”, following Jesus into a new life of service.

Easter II – Year C

Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19 – 31

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

The risen Jesus brought the disciples a greeting of peace and reassurance, bringing joy when they were immobilized by fear. Presenting Himself, and opening up a view of the future that had commission and mission, Jesus offered them power to carry a message of truth and new creation. In our modern congregations it’s easy to worry about resources, and our ability to reach the community around us with the message that is needed. Are we ready to move forward with a message of peace and reconciliation to do the work we are commissioned to do? Jesus speaks to us and encourages us us because He loves us.