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16th May 2021

posted 13 May 2021, 05:06 by Church Office

Seventh Sunday of Easter - Parish Eucharist

On this Sunday, the 7th of Easter, we find ourselves between Ascension Day and Pentecost – a time for the disciples of waiting for the gift of the Holy Spirit. A time for us today when we’re encouraged to focus even more than usual on the call to Mission. “Thy Kingdom Come” is an ecumenical initiative of 9 days of prayer from now until Pentecost next Sunday.

Our reading from John’s Gospel comes from the long prayer Jesus prayed for his disciples at the Last Supper; that they may be protected as they are sent out into the world to share the good news. In the passage from Acts, we hear that in these days of waiting the number of believers is already 120 people – that’s 10 x 12 – twelve being the significant number. They choose Matthias to replace Judas in the core group of 12 Apostles. Like them, we are called to be ‘a witness to the resurrection’ of Jesus. Take time this coming week to pray for those people you know who do not yet know the love of God, and that we may find ways to proclaim that love in both words and in the way we live our lives.

The Readings

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “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— for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.”

So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 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.” So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Gospel Reading John 17:6-19

“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. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 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. 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. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 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. 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. 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. 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. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Church Office,
13 May 2021, 05:06