Welcome to Reformation Lutheran Church

WORSHIP: 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m. Sunday (Rise Worship); 11:00 a.m. Sunday

Pastor Lowell Michelson
Pastor Kristin Neitzel
7601 East 13th Street North
Wichita, Kansas 67206-1278
Phone: (316) 634-0586
Fax: (316) 634-2034

A Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

Easter children's sermon

Easter Sunday, April 20

Read John 21: 1-19

A few disciples were out fishing one night. The fishing hadn’t gone particularly well, and they were heading toward shore at sunrise when an unknown man appeared and suggested a change in their technique. They tried his idea and caught many fish. Once they brought the boat to shore, they discovered that the man was actually the resurrected Jesus. They had breakfast together, and then Jesus challenged Simon Peter—and us.

Do You Love Me?

Oh, how I enjoy breakfast! French toast, waffles, pancakes, omelets, migas, cereal, meat, fruit, juice — this is what puts my morning in motion. Yum!

One of two things happens to me after breakfast, though. Most of the time, I am energized and fueled up for what’s coming next. My breakfast gives me a kick start for the day. Other times, after I am loaded up and everything hits my gut, I am ready to lie right back down. Rather than being revitalized, I just want to crawl back into bed.

Did you know that Jesus made breakfast for his disciples? After he was raised from the dead, after he appeared to his disciples, and after he gave them the Holy Spirit, Jesus met his disciples at the shoreline once again and served tasty fish and bread as the sun came up. They must have been so hungry. They had had a long night of fishing and frustration, until Jesus gave them a sunrise fishing tip that filled their nets. Then they had breakfast.

After they ate and talked, their minds, hearts and bellies must have been full. But before they went back to work or took a nap, Jesus wanted to remind them of what was ahead. He was handing off leadership to them. The Good Shepherd, Jesus, was now entrusting the flock to their care. He asked Peter not once, but three times, “Do you love me?” reminding Peter and us, “Don’t fill up and then drift back off to sleep. Feed my lambs. Tend my sheep. Feed my sheep. Follow me.”

On this Easter Sunday, a day when we celebrate God’s resurrection power, we cannot roll over and take a snooze. God’s promises break our Lenten fast and thrust us forward in hope and joy as we witness God bringing life from death. Here, in the final sentences of the Gospels, Jesus’ words are a reminder to us that we are brought together, filled with good things, and called to feed and tend to those who need some love and affection. Jesus calls to us, “Don’t lie back down and doze as if nothing has happened. Instead, follow me into this day and week and life. There is so much to be done together.”

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The Rev. Lowell Michelson
Senior pastor