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  Scriptures & Reflection

 The Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 28, 2017 – Year A

How to use this page:

Read a different passage each day and think about it.  Some questions are offered to help stimulate your reflection.  You’ll find your experience of worship on Sunday will be intensified.

For a method to read and pray with the scriptures you might try to use the ancient practice of Lectio Divina (Divine Reading).  We’ve written some instructions on how to useLectio with the Sunday Scriptures at the following link:Using Lectio Divina to pray the lections

We use the Episcopal Revised Common Lectionary.
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Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11
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Collect

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1:6-14)
When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
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We are not given knowledge of the future, but we are given power from on high and promises to enable us to trust God for the future. What power and hope grounds and motivates you?

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Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36                                              St. Helena Psalter
IArise, O God, and let your enemies be scattered; *

     let those who hate you flee before you.
Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; *
     as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at your presence, O God.
But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before you; *
     let them also be merry and joyful.
We sing praises to your holy Name;
we exalt the One who rides upon the heavens; *
     yours is the Name in which we rejoice!
Guardian of orphans, defender of widows, *
     God, in your holy habitation!
You give the solitary a home and bring forth prisoners into freedom, *
     but the rebels shall live in dry places.
O God, when you went forth before your people, *
     when you marched through the wilderness,
The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain,
at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *
      at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; *
      you refreshed the land when it was weary.
Your people found their home in it; *
     in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.
Sing to God, O nations of the earth; *
     sing praises to our God,
Who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens, *
     who sends forth a voice, a mighty voice.
Ascribe power to God, *
     whose majesty is over Israel,
     whose strength is in the skies.
How  wonderful is God in your holy places; *
      the God of Israel giving strength and power to your people;
      blessed be God!
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What blessings of God sustain you and prompt your gratitude?

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A Reading from the first epistle attributed to Peter (4:12-14; 5:6-11)
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
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The writer invites us to connect our ordeals with the suffering of Christ. 

How do you do that?

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The Gospel according to John (17:1-11)
Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. “
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In John’s gospel, eternal life is knowing our oneness with God in Jesus here and now. In John’s gospel, Jesus’ glorification is his cross. What does that mean to you? 

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