IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US, CLICK THE LINK BELOW:
This will bring you into the Zoom application. When the prompt comes up, click, “Run”, then if your firewall asks if you want to allow Zoom to make changes to your computer, click, “Allow.” Then enter your name and email address!
When you enter the webinar, your microphone will be muted and your camera will be disabled. We will not be able to see or hear you, but you will be able to see and hear us.
If you have a prayer request, please put use the “Q & A” feature by clicking on the “Q & A” bubble. You can say “Amen!” by chatting with all participants.
May 22, 2022, Sixth Sunday of Easter
Isaiah 40:9-31 (Easy-to-Read Version)
Salvation: God’s Good News
9 Zion, you have good news to tell. Go up on a high mountain and shout the good news. Jerusalem, you have good news to tell. Don’t be afraid; speak loudly.
Tell this news to all the cities of Judah: “Look, here is your God!” 10 The Lord God is coming with power. He will use his power to rule all the people.
He will bring rewards for his people. He will have their payment with him.
11 Like a good shepherd, he takes care of his people. He gathers them like lambs in his arms. He holds them close, while their mothers walk beside him. 12 Who measured the oceans in the palm of his hand? Who used his hand to measure the sky? Who used a bowl to measure all the dust of the earth? Who used scales to measure the mountains and hills? 13 Who could know the Lord’s mind? Who could be his teacher or give him advice? 14 Did the Lord ask for anyone’s help? Did anyone teach him to be fair? Did anyone teach him knowledge? Did anyone teach him to be wise? 15 Look, all the nations in the world are like one small drop in the bucket. If the Lord took all the faraway nations and put them on his scales, they would be like small pieces of dust. 16 All the trees in Lebanon are not enough to burn on the altar for the Lord. And all the animals in Lebanon are not enough to kill for a sacrifice. 17 Compared to God, all the nations of the world are nothing.
Compared to him, they are worth nothing at all. 18 Can you compare God to anything? Can you make a picture of God? 19 No, but some people make statues from rock or wood, and they call them gods. One worker makes a statue. Then another worker covers it with gold and makes silver chains for it. 20 For the base he chooses special wood, a kind of wood that will not rot. Then he finds a good wood worker, and the worker makes a “god” that will not fall over. 21 Surely you know the truth, don’t you? Surely you have heard. Surely someone told you long ago.
Surely you understand who made the earth. 22 It is the Lord who sits above the circle of the earth. And compared to him, people are like grasshoppers. He rolled open the skies like a piece of cloth. He stretched out the skies like a tent to sit under. 23 He takes away the power of rulers. He makes the world’s leaders completely worthless. 24 They are like plants that are planted in the ground. But before they can send their roots into the ground, God blows on the “plants”;
they become dead and dry, and the wind blows them away like straw. 25 The Holy One says, “Can you compare me to anyone? No one is equal to me.” 26 Look up to the skies. Who created all those stars? Who created all those “armies” in the sky? Who knows every star by name? He is very strong and powerful, so not one of these stars is lost. 27 People of Jacob, this is true. Israel, you should believe it. So why do you say, “The Lord cannot see the way I live; he will not find me and punish me”[a]?28 Surely you know the truth. Surely you have heard. The Lord is the God who lives forever! He created all the faraway places on earth. He does not get tired and weary. You cannot learn all he knows. 29 He helps tired people be strong.
He gives power to those without it.30 Young men get tired and need to rest.
Even young boys stumble and fall. 31 But those who trust in the Lord will become strong again. They will be like eagles that grow new feathers.[b]They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired.
Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.
Praise the Lord! Angels above, praise the Lord from heaven!
2 Praise him, all you angels! Praise him, all his army!
3 Sun and moon, praise him! Stars and lights in the sky, praise him!
4 Praise him, highest heaven! Waters above the sky, praise him!
5 Let them praise the Lord’s name, because he gave the command and created them all!
6 He made all these continue forever. He made the laws that will never end.
7 Everything on earth, praise him! Great sea animals and all the oceans, praise the Lord!
8 Praise him, fire and hail, snow and clouds, and the stormy winds that obey him.
9 Praise him, mountains and hills, fruit trees and cedar trees.
10 Praise him, wild animals and cattle, reptiles and birds.
11 Praise him, kings of the earth and all nations, princes and all rulers on earth.
12 Praise him, young men and women, old people and children.
13 Praise the Lord’s name! Honor his name forever! His name is greater than any other. He is more glorious than heaven and earth.
14 He made his people strong. His loyal followers praise him. Israel, his precious people, praise the Lord!
THE HOLY GOSPEL
Gospel: John 14:23-29
As Jesus talks of returning to the Father, he promises to send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will teach Jesus’ followers and remind them of all that Jesus taught. Even more, those in whom God makes a home will experience a peace that overcomes fear.
The holy gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.
23Jesus answered [Judas (not Iscariot),] “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. 24Whoever 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. 25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace 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, and do not let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.”
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
|Readings for the week|
|Monday||Psalm 93; 1 Chronicles 12:16-22; Revelation 21:5-14|
|Tuesday||Psalm 93; 2 Chronicles 15:1-15; Revelation 21:15-22|
|Wednesday||Psalm 93; 2 Chronicles 34:20-33; Luke 2:25-38|
|Thursday||Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-22; Luke 24:44-53|
|Friday||Psalm 97; Exodus 33:12-17; Revelation 22:6-9|
|Saturday||Psalm 97; Exodus 33:18-23; John 1:14-18|
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US, CLICK THE LINK BELOW: