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.

Saturday of 6th Week of Easter, 27 May – John 16:23-28 ~ in Jesus’ name

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

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

Opening Prayer

Lord God, merciful Father, it is hard for us to accept pain, for we know that you have made us for joyous life to the full. When suffering cuts to the core of our being, help us to discover the depth of our inner freedom and love, and all the faith and loyalty of which we are capable, together with, and by the power of, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Reading: 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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Reflection & Prayer:

Our Father: Thank you for the privilege of coming into your presence through faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Quiet our hearts before you as we abide in the beauty of your holiness.

Unite our hearts with yours; make our wills your will; give us the mind of Christ that we might truly love you with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves. Make us more concerned about what we can give to you, than about what we can receive from you.

Holy Spirit: help us in our weakness when we don’t know how to pray. Give expression to the yearnings of our hearts that the Father may grant our requests presented in harmony with his own will. Fill us with abundant joy and infuse our lives with the Father’s tender love for us that we may rest assured in him, come what may.

I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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“In Jesus’ Name” – Third Day w/ Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant & Michael Tait

The blind have sight | The deaf now hear | The lame will walk | The lost drawn near | And with new life | The dead are raised | All through the power | In Jesus name

The tired find rest | The sick are healed | The mysteries of our God revealed | And now the truth | Can be proclaimed | All through the power | In Jesus name

Name above all names | Savior and our Lord | Every knee will bow | And every tongue confess | No other name is given | By which we can be saved | Let us find our life and love | In Jesus name

The thirsty filled | The hungry fed | And those who mourn | Are comforted | The chains are broken | That have enslaved | We’re offered freedom | In Jesus name

There is power | There is hope | There is love like you’ve never known | There is forgiveness | And healing from your pain | All through the power | In Jesus name

Let us find our life and love | In Jesus name
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Concluding Prayer – Psalm 47:8-9 (NLT)

God reigns above the nations, sitting on his holy throne. The rulers of the world have gathered together with the people of the God of Abraham. For all the kings of the earth belong to God. He is highly honored everywhere.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: 07 May – John 16:23-28 ~ ask in my name

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

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

Opening Sentence

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” (John 14:16)

Morning Reading: John 16:23-28 (NLT)

abundant joy

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.”

“I Asked The Lord” – Indelible Grace

Prayer

To Christ be praise and glory! He promised the apostles that the power of the Holy Spirit would come upon them. Lord, send forth your light and your truth.

+ You are the Word of truth, the wisdom and splendour of the Father; let us be your witnesses today, in word and in deed.
+ May we recognize the things of the Spirit and set our hearts on them; where our hearts are, there will our treasure be.
+ Grant that the Holy Spirit may come to help us in our weakness and teach us how we ought to pray.
+ Fill us with all knowledge and love; enable us to counsel one another in truth and charity.

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 and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing Sentence

The truth is that we neither live nor die as self-contained units. At every turn life links us to God, and when we die we come face to face with him. In life or death we are in the hands of God. Christ lived and died that he might be the Lord in both life and death. – Romans 14:7-9 (PHILLIPS)

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