29th May – The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Old Testament: Ezekiel 36. 24-28
I will take you from the nations, and gather you
from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will
sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your
uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new
heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I
will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of
flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my
statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live
in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my
people, and I will be your God.
New Testament: Revelation 22. 12-14, 16-17
‘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 Gospel of John 17. 20-end
‘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.’