​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SUNDAY, MAY 12TH, 2024



The gospel for Easter’s seventh Sunday is always taken from the long prayer
     Jesus prays for his followers in John’s gospel on the night before his death, and
     always includes Jesus’ desire that his followers will be one as he and the Father
     are one. This oneness is not mere doctrinal agreement or institutional unity, but
     mutual abiding, interpenetrating life, mutual love, and joy. This oneness is the
     work of the Spirit whom we have received but also await. Come, Holy Spirit!


Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the
     powerful name of Christ you protect us from evil. By your Spirit transform us and
     your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and
     Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


ACTS 1:15-17, 21-26
      In the days between Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost, Peter oversees the process
    whereby one of the members of the community of believers is chosen to be the twelfth
     apostle, in order to fill the vacancy created by Judas’s treachery and death.

15In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd
     numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, 16“Friends, the scripture
     had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas,
     who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus—17for he was numbered
     among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 21So one of the men who
     have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out
     among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was
     taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his
     resurrection.” 23So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also
     known as Justus, and Matthias. 24Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know
     everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25to take
     the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to
     his own place.” 26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he
     was added to the eleven apostles.


(Response) The Lord knows the way of the righteous. (Ps. 1:6)

1Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked,
nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2Their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and they meditate on God’s teaching day and night.
(Response) The Lord knows the way of the righteous. (Ps. 1:6)

3They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season,
        with leaves that do not wither;
  everything they do shall prosper.
  4It is not so with the wicked;
  they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
  5Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes,
  nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
  6For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
  but the way of the wicked shall be destroyed.
(Response) The Lord knows the way of the righteous. (Ps. 1:6)


1ST JOHN 5:9-13
God has borne witness to the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Whoever believes
     in the Son of God believes in the witness of God and has the promise of eternal life.

9If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the
     testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10Those who believe in the Son
     of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have
     made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning
     his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in
     his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God
     does not have life.

     13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that
     you may know that you have eternal life.

Alleluia. I will not leave you orphaned, says the Lord. I am coming to you. Alleluia. (John 14:18)

JOHN 17:6-19

    In this reading the church hears Jesus’ words on the night before his death—his
     prayer for his disciples and for all who would believe in him through their words.

[Jesus prayed:] 6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me
     from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept
     your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for
     the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them
     and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
     9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf
     of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and
     yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in
     the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect
     them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are
     one. 12While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given
     me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be
     lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and I
     speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in
     themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them
     because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I
     am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them
     from the evil one. 16They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to
     the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you have sent me
     into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify

     myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

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