Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Readings - Introduction - Easter 5

Love One Another — Easter_5C_20100502
Acts 11:1-18 - Psalm 148 - Revelation 21:1-6 - John 13:31-35

Intro to the Readings

The reading from Acts 11 is that of Peter reporting, and defending his actions, before circumcised believers. This is about the circumcised and the uncircumcised, and the Holy Spirit is in the midst of it all.

Psalm 148 is a hymn of praise to God the Creator. The Psalm expresses praise to God from all that is created. All creation joins in harmony, with the children of God, giving praise to the Creator.

From Revelation we will hear of “a new heaven and a new earth.” We hear about eternity where death is no more. The Alpha and Omega who gives the “water of life.”

The Lord commands us to baptism, to break bread together and share the cup of blessing. In the Gospel today is the most difficult commandment he give - “love one another . . . love one another.”

Let us listen – learning to love one another – so that others may
know that there are still Christians in the world.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Readings - Introduction - Easter 4

Acts 9:36-43 - PS 23 - Revelation 7:9-17 - John 10:22-30

Today’s Collect is from Hebrews 13. It is often prayed at a burial as the benediction.

From Acts 9 we listen as Tabitha, who is also called Dorcas in Greek, is brought back to life by Peter as he prayed. Dorcas, like so many ladies than and now, volunteered he time and energy for the benefit of others.

The reading from Revelation is the third of six readings we will hear during this Easter season. And chapter seven is all about numbers. But verse 9 begins: “and there was a great multitude that no one could count .”

Every year on this Sunday we read from St John 10 and the Twenty-Third Psalm. It is “Good Shepherd Sunday.”
Jesus says “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.”

Let us listen – hear – and follow the Good Shepherd!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Readings - Introduction -

The introductions are meant to prepare the listener for the readings that are read. It is appropriate to prepare those listening especially on those time the readings are quite heavy. The Collects usually prepare in part for the Gospel proclamation, but not for the other readings.
We generally read the short introduction right before the Proclamation of the Word. As they are available they will be posted at this blog. All are free to use them as one might wish. Grace is free! Shalom!

Readings - Introduction - Easter 3

Intro to the Readings - Easter 3
Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) - Psalm 30 - Revelation 5:11-14 - John 21:1-19
The Collect for today has the phrase — “in the breaking of the bread.” In a common act the sacred is revealed to us.
The first reading, from Acts, is of Saul – Paul’s – Damascus experience. His eyes will be open to the Light of Jesus. How will your eyes be open to the same light.
Psalm 30 is sung at Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, commemorating the rededication of the Temple. With grateful hearts we rededicate ourselves to God Almighty.
From Revelation we will hear of those who stand singing “Worthy is the Lamb.” If you are using the Bible Societies reading guide you will read often from Revelation this month.
The Gospel reading pictures some of the Twelve fishing. The Lord prepares breakfast for them on the beach, and “took bread and gave it them.” Christ is revealed in actions. The Redeemer is also revealed in words – Peter is asked three times “Do you love me?”
Let us see Him “in the breaking of the bread” and be ready to respond as the Saviour asks you – “Do you love me?”