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Readings & Bulletins for May 8-9

Readings & Bulletins for May 8-9

The Gospel of Holiness

The collect for the day

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 3: 6-13

Timothy’s Encouraging Report

But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?

11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

The psalm: Psalm  30: 5-8, 11-13

5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, his pleasure for a lifetime;
heaviness may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

6 In my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved;
you, Lord, of your goodness, have made my hill so strong.”

7 You turned your face from me,
and I was distressed.

8 Then I cried unto you, O Lord,
and came to my Lord most humbly.

11 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me.
O Lord, be my helper.

12 You have turned my lamentation into dancing;
you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.

13 Therefore shall my heart sing of your praise without ceasing.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto you for ever.

The gospel: John 15: 9-12

The Temptation of Jesus

As the Father has loved me, so have I 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 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.