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This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John’s gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.

PRAYER:

O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

READINGS:

Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

This Weeks Readings

MondayDeuteronomy 7:1-11
1 Timothy 6:11-12
Psalm 93
TuesdayDeuteronomy 11:1-17
1 Timothy 6:13-16
Psalm 93
WednesdayDeuteronomy 11:18-21
Mark 16:19-20
Psalm 93
ThursdayActs 1:1-11
Ephesians 1:15-23
Luke 24:44-53
Psalm 47
FridayExodus 24:15-18
Revelation 1:9-18
Psalm 47
SaturdayDeuteronomy 34:1-7
John 16:4-11
Psalm 47
May 6, 2018 – Sixth Sunday of Easter