Notable Feast Days this Week:

May 11 - Mayeul, Abbot of Cluny, 994 
May 12 - Rictrude, Abbess of Flanders, 688
May 13 - Euthymius, Abbot of Mt. Athos, 1028
May 14 - St. Matthias, Apostle (Roman Catholic)
May 15 - Isaias, Bishop of Rostov, 1090
May 16 - Brendan the Voyager, Abbot of Clonfert, 577
May 17 - Andronicus and Junia, Romans 16:7 (Eastern)

Revised Common Lectionary

Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - White/Gold

Sixth Sunday in Easter / May 17, 2020

We Are God's Offspring

The true God has been revealed to the whole world through the life and death of Jesus Christ (Acts 17:22-31). Because Jesus is Lord, we are blessed, even when we suffer (1 Peter 3:13-22). God cares for us and listens to our prayers, so we offer our gratitude and confess what he has done for us (Psalm 66:8-20). We find freedom and take joy in his commandments through the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-21).

Psalm 66:8-20
Scripture Readings

"Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver...Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!”

Commentary on Psalm 66
Craig SatterleeSpurgeon

Psalm 66, Acts 17,
1 Peter 3, John 14

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 66

Acts 17:22-31
Paul proclaims the true God in front of the Areopagus

1 Peter 3:13-22
Christ is Lord, saved through water

John 14:15-21
The Holy Spirit, advocate and guide

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
And although the entrance is "straight and narrow," once inside we see a vast and limitless space, greater than any other anywhere. We have been told of these things by eyewitnesses and heirs. They speak of their trials and distresses: "You have placed afflictions before us," but then they add, "You brought us into a spacious place," and "You gave us space in our distress." 
    -Athanasius, commenting on Psalm 66, Festal Letters 9
Lectionary Resources
"I will not have you orphans. This passage shows what men are, and what they can do, when they have been deprived of the protection of the Spirit. They are orphans, exposed to every kind of fraud and injustice, incapable of governing themselves, and, in short, unable of themselves to do anything. The only remedy for so great a defect is, if Christ govern us by his Spirit, which he promises that he will do. First then, the disciples are reminded of their weakness, that, distrusting themselves, they may rely on nothing else than the protection of Christ; and, secondly, having promised a remedy, he gives them good encouragement; for he declares that he will never leave them when he says, I will come to you, he shows in what manner he dwells in his people, and in what manner he fills all things." - John Calvin
Collect for The Sixth Sunday of 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 promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." - The Book of Common Prayer
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Sixth Sunday of Easter from 

All Creation Sings God's Greatness (Psalm 66) | by Benjamin Brody and Jacque Jones 

Let All the Earth With Loud Rejoicing (Psalm 66:1-10) | Genevan Psalter | Leadsheet 

Cry Out to God in Joy (Psalm 66) | Words and Music by Steven Warner, 2006 | in Psalms for All Seasons pgs. 404 - 405

Uyai Mose (Come, All You People) | by Alexander Gondo | Leadsheet 

Psalm 66 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

CCLI Contemporary Liturgy Song Select for Easter 6

Let All the Earth (Psalm 66) | by Steve Angrisano

Hymns related to Psalm 66 from

Psalm 66 | Metrical Options 
Music for Listening
In Prayer by Salt of the Sound
"Psalm 66" by Hugh Wilson
"Psalm 66 (You Are Great)" by The Lovely

Psalm 119 Cardiphonia Music collection by various artists 
"Cantate Domino (Psalm 95)" by the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Fidélité
Thematic Art 
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