Grace Northeast Sunday Sermons

Invited Service — May 26, 2019

May 28, 2019
FIRST READING Acts 16:9-15 

L:  The first reading is from the book of the Acts of the Apostles.

Paul and Timothy continued to travel throughout the regions around the Mediterranean. One night, Paul had a vision: he saw a man from Macedonia, calling out to him and saying: “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” We immediately headed for Macedonia, convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news there.

We set sail with a straight course from city to city, ending in Philippi, which is a leading city of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We stayed there for a number of days. On the Sabbath, we went through the gate by the river, where we had heard there was a Jewish place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A woman named Lydia, not a Jew but still a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from a nearby city and a trader of purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what Paul said. She and her whole household were baptized, and then she urged us: “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And so we did, and we continued to join the other women at the place of prayer.

L: The Word of the Lord. A: Thanks be to God.

SECOND READING Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 

L:  The second reading is from the book of Revelation.

The revelator writes: And in the spirit an angel carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. 

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any kind of curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and all the servants of God will worship together; they will see God’s face, and the name of God will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. 

L: The Word of the Lord. A: Thanks be to God.

THE GOOD NEWS John 14:23-27

L:  The good news of Jesus Christ, according to the gospel of John, chapter fourteen.        
A:  Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Father will send another in my name: the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will teach you everything, and remind you of everything I said to you when I was with you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not let them be afraid.”

L: This is the gospel, the good news of our Lord.
A: Praise to you, O Christ.