Sunday, May 2, 2021

Monday prior to Easter 6


The theme for the Sixth Sunday of Easter is found in the Gospel (John 15:9-17). Jesus commands us to love one another. As usual the Gospel lesson gives the key to the theme of the week. Jesus commands us to love each other. Peter in the first lesson (Acts 10:34-48) thanks God for His love for all men, both Jews and Gentiles. John in the Epistle (1 John 5:1-8) reminds us that everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. The Psalm of the Day (Psalm 98) calls for a new song to the Lord because of His steadfast love to His people. The Hymn of the Day (Alleluia! Let Praises Ring” LSB 822) asks that we might be filled with Jesus’ love and pity.

Psalm 66:1-,8-9, 20; antiphon, Psalm 66:16The antiphon calls for us to listen to the voice of Him who has saved us,  Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for my soul.”  Worship here defined is the proclamation of what God has done in praise of God within the context of the worshiping congregation. As we prepare for next Sunday, this is our central purpose in gathering together.

Collect for Psalm 66: Almighty Father, you brought us through the waters of baptism to the shores of new life. Accept the sacrifice o our lives and let us enter your house, there to praise your unfailing power and love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. [1]-03 May 2021

[1] Collect for Psalm 66, For All the Saints, a Prayer book for and by the church, The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, © 1995 Delhi, NY

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