Acts 10: 34-43 - “Gentiles Hear the Good News”

34 Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 

35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 

36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 

37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 

38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 

39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 

40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 

41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 

42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 

43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." 

 

Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24 - "Universal Call to Worship"

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 

2 Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 

 

14 The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. 

15 There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: "The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; 

16 the right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly." 

17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. 

18 The Lord has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death. 

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 

20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 

21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 

22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 

23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 

24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

 

1 Corinthians 15: 1-11 - "The Resurrection of Christ"

1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father's wife. 

2 And you are arrogant! Should you not rather have mourned, so that he who has done this would have been removed from among you? 

3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present I have already pronounced judgment 

4 in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, 

5 you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. 

6 Your boasting is not a good thing. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 

7 Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. 

8 Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 

9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral persons— 

10 not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since you would then need to go out of the world. 

11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother or sister who is sexually immoral or greedy, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber. Do not even eat with such a one. 

 

John 20: 1-18 - "The Resurrection of Jesus"

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 

2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." 

3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 

4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 

5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 

6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 

7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 

8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 

9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 

10 Then the disciples returned to their homes. 

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 

12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 

13 They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." 

14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 

15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." 

16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). 

17 Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, "I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' " 

18 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. 

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