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Readings & Bulletins for May 22-23

Readings & Bulletins for May 22-23

This week’s bulletins

Saturday Evening & Sunday–9am Indoor Service Bulletin
Sunday 11am Outdoor Service Bulletin

The Gospel of Resurrection, Ascension & Return

The collect for the day

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

The Coming of the Lord

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

The psalm: Psalm  49: 10-16

10. For we see that wise men die, as well as the ignorant and foolish;
they perish alike and leave their riches for others.

11 And yet they think that their houses shall continue for ever,
and that their dwelling places shall endure from one
generation to another,
and they call lands after their own names.

12 Man is like an ox that has no understanding; *
he is like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the way of their foolishness, *
yet their posterity praise their sayings.

14 Like sheep they are appointed to die, and death shall be
their shepherd; *
they shall go down straight into the sepulcher.

15 Their beauty shall consume away in the grave, *
which shall be their dwelling place for ever.

16 But God shall save me from the power of death, *
for he shall deliver my soul.

The gospel: John 14: 15-26

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.