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Sixth Sunday of Easter

17 May 2020


God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

FIRST READING (click to expand)

(Alternative readings)

The reading from Acts must be used as either the first or second reading.

Acts 17:22-31

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him – though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Or Genesis 8:20–9:17

PSALM Psalm 66:7-end (click to expand)

R All the earth shall worship you, O Lord.
Bless our God, O you peoples;
make the voice of his praise to be heard,
Who holds our souls in life
and suffers not our feet to slip. R
For you, O God, have proved us;
you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the snare;
you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water;
but you brought us out into a place of liberty. R
I will come into your house with burnt offerings
and will pay you my vows,
which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
I will offer you fat burnt sacrifices with the smoke of rams;
I will sacrifice oxen and goats. R
Come and listen, all you who fear God,
and I will tell you what he has done for my soul.
I called out to him with my mouth
and his praise was on my tongue. R
If I had nursed evil in my heart,
the Lord would not have heard me,
But in truth God has heard me;
he has heeded the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer,
nor withheld his loving mercy from me. R

SECOND READING (click to expand)

(Alternative readings)

Either 1 Peter 3:13-end

A reading from the first letter of Peter.

Who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you – not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Or Acts 17:22-31 (as above)

GOSPEL (click to expand)

John 14:15-21

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”


God our Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:
may we thirst for you,
the spring of life and source of goodness,
through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Homily Easter 6


A prayer “Light in the Darkest Times”

Loving, ever-living and compassionate God,
You understand the pain of loss, the heartache of bereavement,
May we hold in our hearts all those whose families or friends have died.

You are a light that shines in the darkest times,
Be with all who are in sickness and sorrow.

You comfort us in times of fear,
May we comfort each other, even as we keep apart.

You console and lead us in times of doubt and confusion,
May we follow the light of your love and spread hope.

You move hearts to acts of generosity,
May we be led to share what we have with those in need.

God of life,
We thank you for the signs of your light in the midst of our darkness,

May we be signs of your compassion in the heart of your world.



In the company of the living God, let us pray

Lord of life, we pray that the Church and the world may be alive with your risen life;
refreshed and revived by the Spirit of truth. May we who love you keep your commandments, and show your saving love to a searching world.

Lord of life, we pray for people across the world moving through different stages of the coronavirus crisis. Give governments and health authorities wisdom and insight for the decisions that have to be made, as they balance health concerns and public safety with economic considerations and the needs of their people in many ways.
Lord of life, in whom we live and move and have our being, we pray for our local communities and give thanks for all who serve the common good at this time; especially health service personnel in hospitals and medical centres ; care home staff; paramedics; pharmacists and other key workers. May they discern your purpose and guidance in all they do, and find encouragement through the appreciation of others.

Lord of life, we pray for families and households during this time of restrictions, and for those who live alone. May we know the abiding of the Spirit in our midst; may our words and actions speak of your faithful love, acceptance and compassion. We pray too for impoverished families across the world, those without the many blessings we often take for granted, and all at very high risk of Covid-19 infection.

Lord of life, we remember before you the sick and suffering – in hospital, at home or in residential care; and for those who minister to them or watch over them anxiously. We pray too for all who are unsettled, fearful about the future, and for the bereaved. Help us all to trust you in dark times, and breathe new life and hope to those in despair.

Lord of life, as we commend to you those who have died recently and those we have loved, we pray for any who made that journey alone. May they all know your mercy and find the light of heaven, and keep us all in the way that leads to eternal life.

Lord of life, we rejoice in Jesus’ promise that because he lives, we will also live. Help us to live this day, this week through good and ill, and in growing trust of your eternal love. Amen.

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