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9 May 2021

posted 6 May 2021, 05:37 by Church Office   [ updated 6 May 2021, 07:01 ]

Parish Eucharist - Sixth Sunday of Easter

Our readings this week continue the themes from last week. 

In the passage from Acts we hear of the baptism of a household of Gentiles – the church now clearly a family of faith for all people, and not just the Jews. 

 And our Gospel continues in John 15 with Jesus giving us the great commandment ‘that you love one another as I have loved you.’ This is the way in which we can bear fruit as branches of the True Vine, abiding in his love.

The Readings

Acts 10:44-48

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

Gospel Reading: John 15:9-17

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 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. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
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6 May 2021, 06:59