Sermons That Work

For more than 20 years, Sermons That Work, a ministry of The Episcopal Church’s Office of Communication, has provided free sermons, Bible studies, bulletin inserts, and other resources that speak to congregations across the Church. Our writers and readers come from numerous and varied backgrounds, and the resources we provide are used in small house churches, sprawling cathedrals, and everything between.

Lectionary Calendar

Find this Sunday’s readings and more observances of the church year.

This Sunday’s Readings:
Easter 3 (B) – April 14, 2024

Sermons

We offer a large archive of sermons, as well as a new sermon every week.

This Sunday’s Sermon:
Another Way, Easter 3 (B) – April 14, 2024

Bible Studies

Our weekly Bible studies are produced by our very own Episcopalian seminarians.

This Sunday’s Bible Study:
Easter 3 (B) – April 14, 2024

Bulletin Inserts

Weekly inserts teach about the theology, history, and people of The Episcopal Church.

This Sunday’s Bulletin Insert:
Easter 3 (B) – Reflections on the Resurrection, Week 3 – April 14, 2024

Lesson Plans

Find lesson plans written by experienced church teachers.

Acts Lesson Plan: Easter 3 (B) – I Believe – April 14, 2024

Gospel Lesson Plan: Easter 3 (B) – Seeing Jesus – April 14, 2024

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Upcoming Sermons

Waiting, Easter 7 (B) – May 12, 2024

[RCL] Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19 This morning, we hear that peculiar little story from Acts. It’s generally overlooked, but since it’s about anxiety, and…

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Sursum Corda, Ascension Day (B) – May 9, 2024

[RCL] Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 “Ascension” is one of those many “church words” that may not have much, if any meaning, to those…

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Filled With the Joy of God’s Love, Easter 6 (B) – May 5, 2024

[RCL] Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 We hear echoes of Maundy Thursday with John’s focus on foot-washing and an astonishing new commandment to love one another…

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May Your Heart Live for Ever!, Easter 5 (B) – April 28, 2024

[RCL] Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:24-30; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8 The psalm selection for today, a portion of Psalm 22, can catch us by surprise. Psalm 22 is famously associated…

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The Good Shepherd, Easter 4 (B) – April 21, 2024

[RCL] Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 The word “shepherd” comes through strongly this morning. We hear the word a total of seven times, and it’s a…

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Another Way, Easter 3 (B) – April 14, 2024

[RCL] Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 “Many are saying, ‘Oh, that we might see better times!’” The Psalmist’s words ring just as true now as they…

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Upcoming Bible Studies

Bible Study: Easter 5 (B) – April 28, 2024

RCL: Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:24-30; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8 Acts 8:26-40 Philip encounters an Ethiopian eunuch returning home from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Prompted by the Spirit, Philip befriends…

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Bible Study: Easter 4 (B) – April 21, 2024

RCL: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 Acts 4:5-12 This passage finds Peter and John having been arrested for teaching the Gospel to crowds of people. When…

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Bible Study: Easter 3 (B) – April 14, 2024

RCL: Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 Acts 3:12-19 You might have heard of Christians “sharing their testimonies,” either in a church setting or with friends and…

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Bible Study: Easter 2 (B) – April 7, 2024

RCL: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 Acts 4:32-35 What would life be like if we didn’t own things? It’s a difficult reality to imagine – after…

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Bible Study: Easter Day (B) – March 31, 2024

RCL: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18 Acts 10:34-43 This passage is part of the story of Peter and a centurion named Cornelius. Here, Peter is…

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Bible Study: Palm Sunday (B) – March 24, 2024

RCL: Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47 Isaiah 50:4-9 Biblical scholars largely place this passage within what is called “Deutero-Isaiah,” the second of three movements in the Book…

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