Come together in a community characterized by love
Collect: Sixth Sunday in Easter
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promise, which exceed all that we can desire, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
Acts 10:44-48 . . . Peter tells Cornelius of God’s work in Jesus Christ, thus opening the doors of the Church to Gentiles.
Psalm 98 . . . A New Song to the Holy One: passions of victory
1 John 5:1-6 . . . The author describes Jesus as God’s love for us, and calls us to embrace one another in that love.
John 15:9-17 . . . Jesus tells his disciples that they have been chosen to love one another; in this they will find perfect joy.
Dr. Lauren Winner, Episcopal priest and Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School preaches a sermon called, “A Little Trite, Don’t You Think?”
The Rev. Carla Pratt Keyes, Pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, preaches a sermon called, “If You’re Going to Live in My Love,” from John 15:9-17.