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Easter initiates a new day. It anticipates a new heaven and a new earth. The risen Lord is making all things new. In the mystery of holy baptism God has made new people of us. Today the Lord Jesus invites us to see everyone in a new light—through the lens of love.

Prayer

O Lord God, you teach us that without love, our actions gain nothing. Pour into our hearts your most excellent gift of love, that, made alive by your Spirit, we may know goodness and peace, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Readings and Psalm

Acts 11:1-18

Peter’s vision: God give the Gentiles repentance that leads to life

Psalm 148

The splendor of the LORD is over earth and heaven. (Ps. 148:13)

Revelation 21:1-6

New heaven, new Earth: springs of living water in the new Jerusalem

John 13:31-35

Jesus gives a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you

This Weeks Readings

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 19, 2019
Monday1 Sam. 20:1-23, 35-42
Acts 11:19-26
Psalm 133
Tuesday2 Samuel 1:4-27
Acts 11:27-30
Psalm 133
WednesdayLeviticus 19:9-18
Luke 10:25-28
Psalm 133
ThursdayProverbs 2:1-5
Acts 15:36-41
Psalm 67
FridayProverbs 2:6-8
Acts 16:1-8
Psalm 67
SaturdayProverbs 2:9-15
Luke 19:1-10
Psalm 67