Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 1: 6 – 14
Psalm 68: 1 – 10; 32 – 35
1 Peter 4: 12 – 14; 5: 6 – 11
John 17: 1 – 11
O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
(“Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, nor withheld unfailing love from me.”)
Read Psalm 66: 8 – 20,
What are your prayer habits and where did you learn them?
(In the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Paul faces the challenge of proclaiming the gospel to Greeks who know nothing of either Jewish or Christian tradition.)
Read Acts 17: 22 – 31,
What sacred symbols would you remove or re-imagine to better communicate in today’s culture?
(In his final words to his disciples, Jesus speaks of the Spirit, who will be with them forever.)
Read John 14: 15 – 21
Have you ever been lost or abandoned? If so, how did you feel and what did you do?
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 17: 22 – 31
Psalm 66: 8 -20
1 Peter 3: 13 – 22
John 14 ; 15 – 21
“Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”
(Christ is the cornerstone of God’s saving work and the foundation of our lives. Through the waters of baptism we are God’s chosen, holy people who continuously celebrate and declare the mercy of God we experience through Jesus Christ.)
Read 1 Peter 2: 2 – 10,
How do you relate personally to people in your daily life who are “nones” or unbelievers?
(“…rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.”)
Read Psalm 31,
When was a time you were desperate to be rescued, saved or freed from a situation?
A rummage sale will be held Friday, May 19 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Proceeds will benefit having the church steeple re-painted. All are welcome.
(We read in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, that Stephen was one of the seven men chosen by the apostles to serve tables so that the apostles could be free to serve the word. Stephen does more than distribute food, however. For his preaching of God’s word, he becomes the first martyr of the faith.)
Read Acts 7: 55 – 60,
When have you forgiven someone whom others would have wished harm or vengeance?
(Jesus, as the one through whom God is known, promises to go before his followers and act on their behalf.)
Read John 14: 1 – 14,
Which words or actions of Jesus have had the greatest impact on your life and behavior?