Sunday after Ascension – 06/02/2019

1 Samuel 12:19-24

And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king.” 20 And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. 21 And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. 22 For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself. 23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. 24 Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.

Psalm 68:1-20

1 Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; * let those who hate him also flee before him. 2 As the smoke vanishes, so shall you drive them away; * and as wax melts before the fire, so let the ungodly perish 4 before the presence of God. 3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; * let them also be merry and joyful. 4 O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name; magnify him who rides upon the heavens. * The LORD is his Name; rejoice before him. 5 He is a father of the fatherless and defends the cause of the widows, * God in his holy habitation. 6 He is the God who gives the solitary a home, and brings the prisoners out of captivity, * but lets the rebellious dwell in a desert land. 7 O God, when you went forth before the people, * when you went through the wilderness, 8 The earth shook, and the heavens poured forth rain at the presence of God, * even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel. 9 You, O God, sent a gracious rain upon your inheritance * and refreshed the land when it was weary. 10 Your congregation found a dwelling there, * for you, O God, of your goodness have provided for the poor. 11 The Lord gave the word; * great was the company of those who proclaimed the tidings. 12 Kings with their armies fled, they fled, * and the women at home divided the spoil. 13 Though you have lain among the sheepfolds, * yet shall you be like the wings of a dove that are covered 5 with silver, and whose feathers shine like gold. 14 When the Almighty scattered kings, * it was as if it snowed in Zalmon. 15 As the hill of Bashan, so is God’s hill, * even a high hill, as the hill of Bashan. 16 Why look with envy, you high hills? This is God’s hill, on which it pleases him to dwell; * surely, the LORD will abide on it for ever. 17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels, * and the Lord has come from Sinai into the holy place. 18 You have gone up on high; you have led captivity captive, and received gifts from men, * even from your enemies, that the LORD God might dwell among them. 19 Praised be the Lord daily, * even the God who helps us and pours his benefits upon us. 20 He is our God, the God from whom salvation comes; * God is the LORD, by whom we escape death.

New Testament Reading Revelation 22:10-21

And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” 12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these 7 things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” 17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. 

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ: St. John 17:20-26

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even 8 Sources: The Collect of the Day is taken from the Book of Common Prayer 2019. The Psalm verses are taken from the New Coverdale Psalter of the BCP 2019. Scripture quotations are taken from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

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