Saturday of The 6th Week of Easter, 23 May 2020 – John 16:23-28, Acts 18:23-28, Psalm 47 ~ Jesus returns to the Father

Saturday of The 6th Week of Easter, 23 May 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

God and Father, your Son, at his ascension, promised the Holy Spirit to his apostles. They received abundant graces of wisdom from heaven: grant us, also, we pray, the gifts of your Spirit. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“I came from the Father into the world,
and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”

A Reading from the Gospels: John 16:23-28 (NLT)

At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

“I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father. Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God. Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”
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Responsorial Psalm 47:2-3, 8-9, 10 (NLT)T

+ The Lord Most High is awesome.
He is the great King of all the earth.

He subdues the nations before us,
putting our enemies beneath our feet.

+ The Lord Most High is awesome.
He is the great King of all the earth.

God reigns above the nations,
sitting on his holy throne.

+ The Lord Most High is awesome.
He is the great King of all the earth.

The rulers of the world have gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.

+ The Lord Most High is awesome.
He is the great King of all the earth.

For all the kings of the earth belong to God.
He is highly honored everywhere.

+ The Lord Most High is awesome.
He is the great King of all the earth.
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A Reading from the Book of Acts 18:23-28 (NLT)

Apollos Instructed at Ephesus

Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.

Apollos had been thinking about going to Achaia, and the brothers and sisters in Ephesus encouraged him to go. They wrote to the believers in Achaia, asking them to welcome him. When he arrived there, he proved to be of great benefit to those who, by God’s grace, had believed. He refuted the Jews with powerful arguments in public debate. Using the Scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah.
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The Lord Reigns – Lindell Cooley Lyrics Living Waters Ministries

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Closing: John 16:27-28 (NLT)

“The Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God. Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.



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