Sixth Sunday of Easter — May 9th at 9 a.m.


FIRST READING: Acts10:44-48

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46 for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, 47 “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

PSALM 98

O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous   

   things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;
    he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.

He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
    to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen
    the victory of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
    with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy

at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming to judge the  

   earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the

   peoples with equity.

 

SECOND READING: 1 John 5:1-6

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

The Word of God for the People of God.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel: John 15:9-17

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

 

Hymn: Welcome, happy morning

1 Welcome, happy morning,
Age to age shall say;
Hell today is vanquished,
Heaven is won today.
Lo! the Christ is living,
God for evermore!
Him, their true creator,
All his works adore.

Refrain:
Welcome, happy morning,
Age to age shall say;
Hell today is vanquished,
Heaven is won today.

2 Earth with joy confesses,
Clothes herself for spring,
Greets with Life reviving
Her returning King.
Bloom in every meadow,
Leaves on every bough,
Speak his sorrows ended,
Hail his triumph now.

3 Thou, of life the author,
Death didst undergo,
Tread the path of darkness,
Saving strength to show.
Come then, True and Faithful,
Now fulfil thy word;
‘Tis thine own third morning;
Rise, O buried Lord!

Hymn: Faith of our Mothers

Faith of our mothers, living still
In cradle song and bedtime prayer;
In nursery lore and fireside love,
Thy presence still pervades the air:
Faith of our mothers, living faith!
We will be true to thee to death.

Faith of our mothers, loving faith,
Fount of our childhood's trust and grace,
Oh, may thy consecration prove
Source of a finer, nobler race:
Faith of our mothers, living faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our mothers, guiding faith,
For youthful longing, youthful doubt,
How blurred our vision, blind our way,
Thy providential care without:
Faith of our mothers, guiding faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our mothers, Christian faith,
Is truth beyond our stumbling creeds,
Still serve the home and save the Church,
And breathe thy spirit through our deeds:
Faith of our mothers, Christian faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

 

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