The Lessons Appointed for Use on the

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Year C
BCP


Acts 16:16-34
or 1 Samuel 12:19-24
Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20
or Acts 16:16-34
John 17:20-26
Psalm 68:1-20 or 47
The Collect

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The First Lesson

Acts 16:16-34

With Paul and Silas, we came to Philippi in Macedonia, a Roman colony, and, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, "These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation." She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And it came out that very hour.

But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, "These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe." The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted in a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

or

Old Testament

1 Samuel 12:19-24

After Saul had been made King, the people greatly feared the Lord, and all the people said to Samuel, "Pray to the LORD your God for your servants, so that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of demanding a king for ourselves." 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; and do not turn aside after useless things that cannot profit or save, for they are useless. For the LORD will not cast away his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself. 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. Only fear the LORD, and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you.

The Psalm

Psalm 68:1-20 Page 676, BCP

Exsurgat Deus

1
Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *
let those who hate him flee before him.

2
Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; *
as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at

the presence of God.

3
But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *
let them also be merry and joyful.

4
Sing to God, sing praises to his Name;
exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *
YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!

5
Father of orphans, defender of widows, *
God in his holy habitation!

6
God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; *
but the rebels shall live in dry places.

7
O God, when you went forth before your people, *
when you marched through the wilderness,

8
The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain,
at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9
You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; *
you refreshed the land when it was weary.

10
Your people found their home in it; *
in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.

11
The Lord gave the word; *
great was the company of women who bore the tidings:

12
"Kings with their armies are fleeing away; *
the women at home are dividing the spoils."

13
Though you lingered among the sheepfolds, *
you shall be like a dove whose wings are covered with silver,
whose feathers are like green gold.

14
When the Almighty scattered kings, *
it was like snow falling in Zalmon.

15
O mighty mountain, O hill of Bashan! *
O rugged mountain, O hill of Bashan!

16
Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain,
at the hill which God chose for his resting place? *
truly, the LORD will dwell there for ever.

17
The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
even thousands of thousands; *
the Lord comes in holiness from Sinai.

18
You have gone up on high and led captivity captive;
you have received gifts even from your enemies, *
that the LORD God might dwell among them.

19
Blessed be the Lord day by day, *
the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.

20
He is our God, the God of our salvation; *
God is the LORD, by whom we escape death.

or

Psalm 47 Page 650, BCP

Omnes gentes, plaudite

1
Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
shout to God with a cry of joy.

2
For the LORD Most High is to be feared; *
he is the great King over all the earth.

3
He subdues the peoples under us, *
and the nations under our feet.

4
He chooses our inheritance for us, *
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

5
God has gone up with a shout, *
the LORD with the sound of the ram's-horn.

6
Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7
For God is King of all the earth; *
sing praises with all your skill.

8
God reigns over the nations; *
God sits upon his holy throne.

9
The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
with the people of the God of Abraham.

10
The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
and he is highly exalted.

Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20

At the end of the visions I, John, heard these words:

"See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.

"It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come."
And let everyone who hears say, "Come."
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
The one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon."
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Acts 16:16-34

[See above]

The Gospel

John 17:20-26

Jesus prayed for his disciples, and then he said. "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

"Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."


Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.


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