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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today's Focus: The Good Shepherd Protects His Sheep   Today we celebrate Jesus as our Good Shepherd. He laid down his life on the cross and also rose from the dead to protect his sheep (Gospel). Now he calls pastors and teachers to shepherd God's flock under their care (Second Lesson). “Savage wolves” want to harm us and destroy our faith (First Lesson). But we need not fear such evil; our Good Shepherd is with us and protects us at all times (Psalm).

Third Sunday of Easter

Today's Focus:  Easter Drives Away Doubts   Satan tempts all Christians to doubt. But Jesus’ Easter resurrection drives away our doubts. On Easter evening Jesus appeared to his disciples to drive away their doubts (Gospel). He also drove away Peter’s doubts by freeing him from prison (First Lesson). And by his resurrection Jesus strengthens our faith in the forgiveness of sins that his resurrection won for us (Second Lesson) and takes away any reason to doubt his love.

Second Sunday of Easter

Today's Focus: Jesus' Resurrection Gives Us Peace  If Jesus had not been raised from the dead, we would not be saved, and we would have no peace. But because Jesus rose, our sins are taken away, and we have true, eternal peace. Today Jesus comforts his timid disciples: “Peace be with you!” (Gospel). Repenting of our sins and turning to God gives us the peace of forgiveness (First Lesson). And this peace motivates our obedience to God’s commands (Second Lesson). So be at peace - Jesus lives!

Easter Sunday

Today's Focus: The Paschal Triduumm   Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunrise, and Easter Festival Services.