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Getting Ready for the Fifth Sunday in Easter

Reflection on the Word in our Worship

8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, *

long-suffering, and of great kindness.

9 The LORD is loving to everyone, *

and his mercy is over all his works.

-Psalm 145:8-9 (2019 BCP)

Humankind is one of your creatures, Lord, and his instinct is to praise you. He bears about him the mark of death, the sign of his own sin, to remind him that you “thwart the proud.” But still, since he is a part of your creation, he wishes to praise you. The thought of you stirs him so deeply that he cannot be content unless he praises you, because you made us for yourself and our hearts find no peace until they rest in you. -St. Augustine, Confessions 1.1

The Collect of the Week

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 glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Word:

(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)

Psalm 145

1 I will magnify you, O God my King, *

and I will praise your Name for ever and ever.

2 Every day will I give thanks to you, *

and praise your Name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord, and most worthy to be praised; *

there is no end of his greatness.

4 One generation shall praise your works to another, *

and shall declare your power.

5 As for me, I will be talking of the glorious splendor of your majesty, *

and of all your wondrous works.

6 They shall speak of the might of your marvelous acts, *

and I also will tell of your greatness.

7 The remembrance of your abundant goodness shall they proclaim, *

and they shall sing of your righteousness.

8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, *

long-suffering, and of great kindness.

9 The Lord is loving to everyone, *

and his mercy is over all his works.

10 All your works praise you, O Lord, *

and your faithful servants give thanks to you.

11 They speak of the glory of your kingdom *

and talk of your power,

12 That your power may be known to the children of men, *

even the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, *

and your dominion endures throughout all ages.

14 The Lord upholds all those who fall *

and lifts up all those who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, *

and you give them their food in due season.

16 You open wide your hand, *

and fill all things living with plenteousness.

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways *

and merciful in all his works.

18 The Lord is near to all those who call upon him, *

to all who call upon him faithfully.

19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him; *

he also will hear their cry and will help them.

20 The Lord preserves all those who love him, *

but he will destroy all the ungodly.

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; *

and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever.


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