22nd May.                                                  Sixth Sunday of Easter

Collect of the Day

God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us
to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

 

First Reading  Ezekiel 37.1-14

1The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, you know.’ 4Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.’  

7So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ 10I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.  11Then he said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” 12Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD.’ 

 

Psalm   Psalm 67

1 God be gracious to us and bless

 us and make his face to shine upon 

us, 2 That your way may be known 

upon earth, your saving power among 

all nations.  3 Let the peoples praise

you, O God; let all the peoples praise 

you.  4           O let the nations rejoice and 

be glad, for you will judge the peoples 

righteously and govern the nations 

upon earth.  5 Let the peoples praise 

you, O God; let all the peoples praise 

you.  6           Then shall the earth bring 

forth her increase, and God, our own 

God, will bless us.  7 God will bless 

us, and all the ends of the earth shall 

fear him.  In the face of Jesus Christ

your light and glory have blazed forth,

O God of all the nations; with all your 

people, may we make known your 

grace  and walk in the way of peace;

for your name's sake.

 

Second Reading  Acts 16.9-15

9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.  11We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. 13On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. 14A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. 15When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us. 

 

Alternate Reading

Revelation 21.10, 22-22.5

 

Gospel  John 14.23-29

Jesus said to his disciples: 23‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.  25‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.” If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.’

 

Post Communion Prayer

God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Post Communion (6th of Easter) ©  1985 Anglican Church of Canada: The Book of Alternative Services

Acts 16.9-15 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA.  Ezekiel 37.1-14 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

John 14.23-29 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA.  Psalm 67 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000.  Collect (6th of Easter, Short) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2005