Sunday May 16, 2021 - Seventh Sunday of Easter

 This week's Lectionary Texts

 Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 
1:15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, 

1:16 "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 -- 

1:17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry." 

1:21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 

1:22 beginning 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." 

1:23 So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 

1:24 Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 

1:25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." 

1:26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles. 

 

Psalm 1 
1:1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; 

1:2 but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night. 

1:3 They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. 

1:4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 

1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 

1:6 for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. 

 

1 John 5:9-13 
5:9 If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 

5:10 Those 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. 

5:11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 

5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 

5:13 I 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. 

 

John 17:6-19 
17:6 "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. 

17:7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 

17:8 for 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. 

17:9 I 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. 

17:10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 

17:11 And 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. 

17:12 While 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. 

17:13 But 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. 

17:14 I 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. 

17:15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 

17:16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 

17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 

17:18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 

17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

 

 Lectionary Readings for Ascension (May 13, 2021)

Acts 1:1-11 
1:1 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 

1:2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 

1:3 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 

1:4 While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. "This," he said, "is what you have heard from me; 

1:5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." 

1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" 

1:7 He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 

1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." 

1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 

1:10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 

1:11 They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." 

 

Psalm 47 
47:1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. 

47:2 For the LORD, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth. 

47:3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. 

47:4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah 

47:5 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. 

47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. 

47:7 For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm. 

47:8 God is king over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. 

47:9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted. 

 

Psalm 93 
93:1 The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength. He has established the world; it shall never be moved; 

93:2 your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. 

93:3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. 

93:4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the LORD! 

93:5 Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore. 

 

Ephesians 1:15-23 
1:15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 

1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 

1:17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 

1:18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 

1:19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 

1:20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 

1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 

1:22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 

1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. 

 

Luke 24:44-53 
24:44 Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you--that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." 

24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 

24:46 and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 

24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 

24:48 You are witnesses of these things.

 

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