Acting with courage
Reading I: Acts 2:1–11 (descent of the Holy Spirit)
Reading II: 1 Corinthians 12:3–7, 12–13 (many gifts, one Spirit, and the analogy of the body)
Gospel: John 20:19–23 (appearance to the disciples)
Key Passage: Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:3–4)
Adult: When has the Holy Spirit given you the strength to act with courage?
Child: When and where do you need the Holy Spirit’s help to speak out?
Reading I : Acts 1:1–11 (Jesus’ final instructions and ascension)
Reading II: Ephesians 1:17–23 (exaltation of Christ)
Gospel: Mark 16:15–20 (conclusion of Mark’s gospel)
Key Passage: Mark 16:15 (go and proclaim the good news)
Adult: How well are you fulfilling Jesus’ command to share the good news with others?
Child: Why are Christians filled with hope?
Love of your neighbor
Reading I: Acts 10:25–26, 34–35, 44–48 (Peter in Caesarea)
Reading II: 1 John 4:7–10 (God’s love and ours)
Gospel: John 15:9–17 (a disciple’s love)
Key Passage: Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
Adult: How is love of others connected to love for God?
Child: Who needs Jesus’ love this week? How can you show them his love?
Strengthening your faith
Reading I: Acts 9:26–31 (Saul visits Jerusalem)
Reading II: 1 John 3:18–24 (the actions of believers)
Gospel: John 15:1–8 (the vine and the branches)
Key Passage: [The vine grower] removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. (John 15:2)
Adult: When have you been “pruned” by your experiences in a way that led to greater abundance?
Child: When have you felt stronger or better because you did something hard to help another person?
4th Sunday of Easter, Year B
Gospel: John 10:11–18