Readings for May 9, 2021, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

(Mother’s Day and Rogation Sunday)

Acts 11:10-30      1 John 4:7-21       John 15:9-17        Psalm 33


O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON            Acts 11:10-30

19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 22 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, 24 for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. 25 So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. 27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 29 So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. 30 And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.


  1. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; * it is fitting for the just to be thankful.

  2. Praise the Lord with the harp; * sing praises unto him with the ten-stringed lute.

  3. Sing unto him a new song; * make skillful melody and cry aloud with joy.

  4. For the word of the Lord is true, * and all his works are faithful.

  5. He loves righteousness and true judgment; * the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

  6. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, * and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth.

  7. He gathers the waters of the sea together, as in a heap, * and lays up the deep, as in a treasure house.

  8. Let all the earth fear the Lord; * stand in awe of him, all you that dwell in the world.

  9. For he spoke, and it was done; * he commanded and it stood fast.

  10. The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to naught; * he makes the devices of the peoples to be of no effect, and casts out the counsels of princes.

  11. The counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever, * and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.

  12. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, * and blessed are the people he has chosen for himself to be his inheritance.

  13. The Lord looks down from heaven and beholds all the children of men; * from the habitation of his dwelling he considers all those who dwell on the earth.

  14. He fashions all the hearts of them * and understands all their works.

  15. There is no king who can be saved by a mighty host; * neither is any mighty man delivered by great strength.

  16. A horse is considered a vain hope to save a man; * neither shall it deliver anyone by its great strength.

  17. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him, * and upon those who put their trust in his mercy,

  18. To deliver their soul from death, * and to feed them in the time of famine.

  19. Our soul has patiently waited for the Lord, * for he is our help and our shield.

  20. Our heart shall rejoice in him, * because we have hoped in his holy Name.

  21. Let your merciful kindness, O Lord, be upon us, * as we have put our trust in you.

THE SECOND LESSON                1 John 4:7-21  

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.


THE HOLY GOSPEL                      John 15:9-17

9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Readings for May 16, 2021, Ascension Sunday, Year B

Acts 1:15-26        1 John 5:6-15       John 17:11b-19              Psalm 68:1-20

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY                       

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.

THE FIRST LESSON                  Acts 1:15-26

15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong  he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, “‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; and “‘Let another take his office.’ 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

PSALM 68:1-20

  1. Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; * let those who hate him also flee before him.

  2. As the smoke vanishes, so shall you drive them away; * and as wax melts before the fire, so let the ungodly perish before the presence of God.

  3. But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; * let them also be merry and joyful.

  4. O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name; magnify him who rides upon the heavens. * The Lord is his Name; rejoice before him.

  5. He is a father of the fatherless and defends the cause of the widows, * God in his holy habitation.

  6. He is the God who gives the solitary a home, and brings the prisoners out of captivity, * but lets the rebellious dwell in a desert land.

  7. God, when you went forth before the people, * when you went through the wilderness,

  8. The earth shook, and the heavens poured forth rain at the presence of God, * even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.

  9. You, O God, sent a gracious rain upon your inheritance * and refreshed the land when it was weary.

  10. Your congregation found a dwelling there, * for you, O God, of your goodness have provided for the poor.

  11. The Lord gave the word; * great was the company of those who proclaimed the tidings.

  12. Kings with their armies fled, they fled, * and the women at home divided the spoil.

  13. Though you have lain among the sheepfolds, * yet shall you be like the wings of a dove that are covered with silver, and whose feathers shine like gold.

  14. When the Almighty scattered kings, * it was as if it snowed in Zalmon.

  15. As the hill of Bashan, so is God’s hill, * even a high hill, as the hill of Bashan.

  16. Why look with envy, you high hills? This is God’s hill, on which it pleases him to dwell; * surely, the Lord will abide on it for ever.

  17. The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels, * and the Lord has come from Sinai into the holy place.

  18. You have gone up on high; you have led captivity captive, and received gifts from men, * even from your enemies, that the Lord God mighty dwell among them.

  19. Praised be the Lord daily, * even the God who helps us and pours his benefits upon us.

  20. He is our God, the God from whom salvation comes; * God is the Lord, by whom we escape death.

THE SECOND LESSON           1 John 5:6-15  

6 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

THE HOLY GOSPEL                      John 17:11-19

11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.