Week 24: Sixth Sunday of Easter

We now know through Jesus of Nazareth who now can live in victory over sin and evil in this world. Every person who has been born of God has also overcome the world. The actual victory which overcomes the world is our faith. Those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God escape the condemnation of the world, experience his gracious victory, and are released to obey God as the Source and Strength of their lives.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Thank you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for giving us the victory through our Lord. He overcame the world through his sinless life and substitutionary death, and now through faith we overcome the world by his power. Show us daily how to live in victory, to cling to your truth and believe in your Word. You are our life and our victory. Through Jesus our Lord, amen.

Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, amen.

Te Deum Laudamus 
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)

Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.

Chronological Reading for the Day
Sunday: 1 Kings 17.8-20.22

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 98
Acts*: Acts 10.44-48
Gospel: John 15.9-17
NT: 1 John 5.1-6
* During Eastertide, a reading from Acts is often substituted for the lesson from the Hebrew Bible.

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Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling

The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).

Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.

Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.

Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

~ Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)

Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Lord Jesus, who has granted us victory over Satan, the flesh, and the world, now grant us the will and ability through your Spirit to obey your commands, and to do those things that are pleasing in your sight. You alone are the Source and Sustainer of our very lives and salvation. In your name we pray, amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Thanks be to God who has enabled us to overcome the world through our faith in his Son.

Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
With the early church we believe Christ has rooted out the enemy. He has destroyed the power of sin and death in his own death. He has demonstrated the renewal of all things by his resurrection. Christ, we proclaim, will rule over a restored universe. This is no mere creedal statement, but a living hope which we celebrate in worship and experience in our lives.

~ Robert Webber. The Majestic Tapestry. pp. 32-33.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
The Spirit Is Here, Acts 2.1-21

Book Reading
Webber, Common Roots

Our Corporate Disciplines
National Day of Prayer: Monday, May 10, 2021

Special Church Year Service
The Ascension of the Lord: Thursday, May 13, 2021