The Sixth Sunday of Easter, 17 May 2020
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Faithful God, who loves us in Christ Jesus, send your Spirit of truth to dwell within us, that we may always reject what is false, live by the commands of Christ, and be true to the love you have shown us. Grant this through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen
Love divine all loves excelling – Keswick Praise
A Reading from the Gospels: John 14:15-21 (NLT)
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”
Come Holy Spirit, Come (Bo, Ruach Elohim) – Beth Sar Shalom Worship Band
Prayers of Intercession:
Our Father in heaven: How awesome are your works! Hear the prayers of all who cry out to you for help. We pray especially –
+ for church leaders around the world, that they may be guided by your Spirit of truth through these difficult times….
+ for governmental leaders around the world, that they may reflect your wisdom and loving-kindness in their decision-making….
+ for believers around the world, that we may face our fears with faith and confidence, knowing that you are the true ruler of the nations….
+ for the sick and elderly in hospitals and nursing homes, that they may receive hope, help, and healing through your ever-present Spirit….
+ for those who attend the sick and support the afflicted, that they may be protected and strengthened in their ministries of mercy….
+ for those who lost jobs and are suffering great financial hardship, that their places of business may be opened safely and soon….
+ for those who are troubled and despairing, that you may lead them through “fire and flood” to a place of restoration and peace….
Our Father in heaven: You are the God of love and compassion; our lives are in your hands. Show us your miracle-working power, that we may declare your glory and tell the whole world what you have done for us. Through Jesus Christ, your Son our Savior, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Psalm 66 (You Are Great) – Robbie Seay Band
A Reading from the Epistles: 1 Peter 3:15-18 (NLT)
You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
And we shall rise! – Beth Sar Shalom
Closing: John 14:23 (NLT)
“All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.”
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen