Notable Feast Days this Week:

May 4 - Monica, 388 (Eastern)
May 5 - Fifth Ecumenical Council, 553
May 6 - Edbert, Lindisfarne, 698
May 7 - John of Beverly, Bishop of York, 721
May 8 - St. John the Divine (Eastern)
May 9 - Patriarch Job (Lutheran)
May 9 - Gregory of Nazianzus
May 10 - Conleth, Kildare, 520

Revised Common Lectionary

Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5,15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - White/Gold

Fifth Sunday in Easter / May 10, 2020

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

We are not promised an easy life and may even suffer for our faith (Acts 7:55-60). Call out to God in the midst of shame and confusion, trusting in God's steadfast love (Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16). Jesus is the cornerstone of salvation who was rejected on our behalf. Through Him, we have received mercy so that we may proclaim the mighty acts of him who has called us out of darkness into light (1 Peter 2:2-10). He is the way, truth, and life who has promised to prepare a place for us in the presence of the Father (John 14:1-14).

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
Scripture Readings

"In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame...Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me...Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love...”

Commentary on Psalm 31
AugustineJames Limburg
John Calvin
Charles Spurgeon

Psalm 31, Acts 7,1 Peter 2, John 14

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 31

Acts 7:55-60
The martyrdom of Stephen

1 Peter 2:2-10
God's chosen people

John 14:1-14
Jesus Christ: The way, truth, and life

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
"When you see yourself hated and persecuted by all your relatives and friends because of the truth, do not be downcast either for them or for yourself; and when all your acquaintances turn away from you, do not be frightened, but withdraw from them and keep your eyes fixed on the future, singing Psalm 31."
   -Athanasius, On the Interpretation of the Psalms (OIP 68)
Lectionary Resources
"He who is the way does not lead us into by-paths or trackless wastes. He who is the truth does not mock us with lies. He who is the life does not betray us into delusions, which are death. He himself has chosen these winning names to indicate the methods that he has appointed for our salvation. As the way, he will guide us to the truth. As the truth, he will establish us in the life. And therefore it is all-important for us to know what the mysterious mode is that he reveals for attaining this life. “No one comes to the Father except through me.” The way to the Father is through the Son." -Hilary of Poitiers
Collect for The Fifth Sunday of Easter
"Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen." -from The Book of Common Prayer
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Fifth Sunday of Easter from 

Psalm 31 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

CCLI Contemporary Liturgy Song Select for Easter 5

Hymns related to Psalm 31 from

Psalm 31: Father, I Put My Life In Your Hands | by John Michael Talbot | Leadsheet

In You Lord I Refuge Take (Psalm 31)
| by Wendell Kimbrough | Leadsheet

Psalm 31 | Music by Sarah Majorins and Words by J.C Lowry| Leadsheet  

Psalm 31 (Into Your Hand)
| by Greg Lafollette | Leadsheet

Beautiful Savior
 | by Stuart Townend | Leadsheets 

Psalm 31 | by Shane Heilman | Leadsheet

Psalm 31 | Metrical Options 
Music for Listening
"The Way (Truth and Life)" by Otis Brown III 
"Aurora lucis rutilat" by Abbey Notre-Dame de Fidélité, Jouques, France 
Five hours of Anglican Psalms sung by Guildford Cathedral Choir
Thematic Art 
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