Getting Ready for the Third Sunday in Easter
Reflection on the Word in our Worship
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.
-John 21:12-13 (ESV)
The meal shared together had another dimension, for the communion celebration is also a symbol of the glory of the coming kingdom, the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9), when people will come ‘from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God’ (Lk. 13:29). -Bruce Milne
The Collect of the Week
Almighty God, you gave your only Son to be for us both a sacrifice for sin and an example of godly living: Give us grace thankfully to receive his inestimable benefits, and daily to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)
Old Testament Reading: Acts 9:1-19a
Psalm 33:1-11 (below playlist)
New Testament Reading: Revelation 5:1-14
Gospel Reading: John 21:1–14
1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; *
it is fitting for the just to be thankful.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp; *
sing praises unto him with the ten-stringed lute.
3 Sing unto him a new song; *
make skillful melody and cry aloud with joy.
4 For the word of the Lord is true, *
and all his works are faithful.
5 He loves righteousness and true judgment; *
the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, *
and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea together, as in a heap, *
and lays up the deep, as in a treasure house.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; *
stand in awe of him, all you that dwell in the world.
9 For he spoke, and it was done; *
he commanded and it stood fast.
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to naught; *
he makes the devices of the peoples to be of no effect,
and casts out the counsels of princes.
11 The counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever, *
and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.