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As I Have Loved You: April's Bread for the Preacher

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Did you know that each month the church relations department at Bread for the World produces a resource specifically for pastors? Whether you are searching for inspiration for a sermon you're writing, or just a lectionary enthusiast, Bread for the Preacher is for you.

After reading this introduction, explore this month’s readings on the Bread for the Preacher web page, where you can also sign up to have the resource emailed to you each month.

By Rev. Gary Cook

“Love, love, love, love; the gospel in a word is love; as God loves us, we love each other; love, love, love.”

Sometimes simple songs capture deep truth. The April lectionary readings give us ample opportunity to explore meaning of the resurrection and the ways that the first believers responded to it. By the fifth Sunday of Easter, though, the Gospel lesson takes us back to the Maundy Thursday mandate that frames it all: “Just as I have loved you, you should love one another” (John 13:34).

At Bread for the World, we are spending this year deepening our understanding of what it means to be a movement to end hunger that is “grounded in God’s love in Jesus Christ.” We welcome your thoughts, your prayers, and your sermons on that theme. Drop me an email; I would love to hear from you.

Rev. Gary Cook is director of church relations at Bread for the World.


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