Notable Feast Days this Week:

May 22 - Second Ecumenical Council, 381 (Eastern)
May 23 - Mary Clopas, John 19:25 (Eastern)
May 24 - Joanna, wife of Chuza, Luke 8:3 (Roman Catholic)
May 25 - Venerable Bede, 735 (Western)
May 26 - Augustine of Canterbury, 605 (Anglican, Eastern)

May 27 - Augustine of Canterbury, 605 (Roman Catholic)
May 27 - John Calvin, 1564 (Lutheran)

Revised Common Lectionary

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10,32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

Daily Readings (RCL)
Liturgical Color - White/Gold

----- The Seventh Sunday of Easter ----- May 28, 2017 (Year A)

The Ascended Christ Sends His Spirit and Makes us One 

Before ascending into heaven, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to empower his followers until his return (Acts 1:6-14). This promise gives us the strength to pray and follow God, even in the midst of suffering and anxiety. These things may last for a little while, but we are encouraged to stand firm knowing that Christ himself has prayed for us (1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11). Though orphans, he has promised us a home (Psalm 68: 1-10; 32-35). He has granted us eternal life and the fellowship of other believers, even while we wait (John 17:1-11).

The Ascension of Our Lord
 Thursday, May 25th
Ascension Day marks the event in which Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with his disciples and ascended into heaven before their eyes (Acts 1:1-12). The Worship Sourcebook says, "Christ’s ascension means that in heaven there is one who, knowing first-hand the experience of suffering and temptation, prays for us and perfects our prayers. The ascension is a witness and guarantee of our own bodily resurrection, as well as an invitation for us to set our hearts and minds 'on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God' (Col. 3:1-2) to rule over all things in heaven and throughout the universe (Eph. 1:10, 20-23)." 

As theologian NT Wright put it, “The point of the ascension is not that Jesus is going a long way away, but that he is being elevated to the true Lord of the world.” The ascension of Christ is the necessary prelude to Pentecost, “Ascension doesn’t mean absence, it means sovereignty, exercised through the Spirit.” 
Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings

"May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.
 May you blow them away like smoke—
    as wax melts before the fire,
    may the wicked perish before God.
 But may the righteous be glad
    and rejoice before God;
    may they be happy and joyful.
 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
    extol him who rides on the clouds;
    rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
    is God in his holy dwelling.
  God sets the lonely in families,
    he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land...You gave abundant showers, O God... ”

Acts 1:6-14
Christ promises the Holy Spirit then ascends to heaven

1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
God sustains those who suffer

John 17:1-11
Christ prays that his disciples may be one

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
The Bible Project (Video Commentary): Acts 1-12, 1 Peter, and John 13-21 
Commentary on Psalm 68: Augustine, Calvin, Spurgeon, and John Wesley
Practicing Prayer
"O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen." 
  -The Book of Common Prayer
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Singing Psalms and Hymns
See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph | Traditional Hymn | Chord Chart (Tune: Ode to Joy) | Leadsheet (Tune: Come Thou Fount)

At the Name of Jesus | Traditional hymn arranged by Jonathan Gilley | Leadsheet 

Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies |Words: Charles Wesley / Music: Luke Morton | Leadsheet 

God Shall Arise (Psalm 68) | by Mark Altrogge | Leadsheets 

God Ascended | Easy SATB choral piece by Sarah Majorins, works well as a prelude, offertory, or communion reflection | Full Score

Sing Songs (Psalm 68) | Words: Lee Ann Vermeulen-Roberts, 2013 Music: Eelco Vos, based on the tune for Psalm 68 in the Genevan Psalter

Our God Saves (Psalm 68:20) | by Brenton Brown and Paul Baloche | Chord Charts 

Psalm 68 (Let Our God Arise) | by Kurt Carr | Sheet Music

Psalm 68 Anglican Chant | Music on pgs. 133-134 of Anglican Chant Psalter

Psalm 68 Metrical Options

Hymn Suggestions for The Seventh Sunday of Easter from 
Commentary on John 17:1-11

"For the will of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one.” This is what he wants us to be as well when he says, “That they may be one, as you and I are one.” There is nothing that can equal unanimity and concord, for this is how one becomes many. If two or ten are of one mind, the one is no longer one, but each one is multiplied tenfold, and you will find the one in the ten and the ten in the one ... Don’t you see that what nature cannot do, love can? … See what a multiplier love is when it can even make one a thousand. Why then do we not acquire this power and place ourselves in safety? This is better than all power or riches. This is more than health, than light itself. It is the groundwork for courage." -Chrysostom
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