Morning Prayer: 30 April – John 15:18-21 ~ hated because of me

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

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

Opening Sentence

Christ died and came to life again to establish his dominion over the living and the dead. Alleluia.

Morning Reading: John 15:18-21 (NLT)

The World’s Hatred

cross and gavel

“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me.”


Almighty, ever-living God, You implanted in us the seed of eternity by your gift of grace through faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. Son of God, risen from the dead, you are the Lord of life; bless us and make us holy.

+ You are the peace and joy of all who believe in you; help us to live as children of light, rejoicing in your victory.
+ You underwent great sufferings to enter the Father’s glory; wipe away our tears and turn our sorrow into joy.

Gracious, ever-present God, lead us through the valleys of persecution and rejection to the fullness of glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken” – Indelible Grace

Closing Sentence

If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)

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