This weekend is not only the Third Sunday of Easter, it is also Confirmation Sunday. We will be Confirming five students during our second service. The readings for this day are very appropriate as we talk about the promise of the forgiveness of sins in Christ. That’s the promise that our life revolves around.
Here’s a recording of the hymn from a church in St. Louis if you’re not familiar with it. The hymn is based on Psalm 23, Isaiah 40:11, 49:10, John 21:15.
This weekend’s readings are: Acts 2:14, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-25, Luke 24:13-35
Here’s the thematic lectionary summary provided by the LCMS:
The Risen Lord Jesus Is with Us in Holy Baptism and in ‘the Breaking of the Bread’
From “before the foundation of the world” until heaven and earth pass away, “the word of the Lord remains forever” (1 Peter 1:20, 25). This “living and abiding word of God” is the preaching of Christ Jesus, namely that God “raised him from the dead and gave him glory” (1 Peter 1:21, 23). By this living word, we “have been born again” to eternal life (1 Peter 1:23) and ransomed from our sinful and mortal life “with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18–19). This living word also calls us to repentance, to dying and rising in Holy Baptism “in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38). In this, we receive the Holy Spirit “for you and for your children and for all who are far off” (Acts 2:39). Through the preaching of His cross and resurrection, Jesus draws near to bring us “into his glory” (Luke 24:26). As He opens the Scriptures, He opens our minds to comprehend “the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27), and He brings us to know Him “in the breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:35).
And here’s the “Looking forward to Sunday Morning” segment from Issues Etc talking about the 3rd Sunday of Easter.
If you have questions or want to discuss anything, just let me know.