Scripture Readings

The Lord can bless us even more during worship, if we take time to prepare. Before each service, we will provide here the Scripture readings and a few notes about upcoming worship. Take time to read the Scriptures beforehand, and you will better be able to see how the service fits together with a basic theme in the liturgy and hymns and Scriptures and sermon.

The Scripture readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 28, 2017 are:

First Reading: Acts 1:12–26

From the Epistles: 1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11

The Holy Gospel:  John 17:1–11

Our Lord Jesus Is with Us in the Upper Room of His Church on Earth

On the night when He was betrayed, our Lord Jesus prayed for His apostles and His Church on earth. “The hour” had come when the Father would glorify His Son by the cross (John 17:1). Through the shedding of His blood, He would bring forgiveness for the sins of the world, and in His resurrection and ascension He would unite all Christians with the Father “that they may be one” with God (John 17:11). He manifested His name to the apostles and gave them the words of the Father to speak in His name. The apostolic witness of His cross and resurrection (Acts 1:21–22) gathers disciples together “with one accord” into the one Body of Christ (Acts 1:14). “Devoting themselves to prayer,” they wait upon the Lord in “the upper room” (Acts 1:13–14), the place of His Holy Supper. Strengthened by the Gospel, Christians bear the cross of Christ in patience and peace, rejoicing to share in His suffering, in order that they “may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13).

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