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3rd   Sunday of  Resurrection

First Reading:  Isaiah 56:1-7

1Thus said the LORD, Keep you judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.  2Blessed is the man that does this, and the son of man that lays hold on it; that keeps the sabbath from polluting it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.  3Neither let the son of the stranger, that has joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD has utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.  4For thus said the LORD to the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;  5Even to them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.  6Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keeps the sabbath from polluting it, and takes hold of my covenant;  7Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.


Second ReadingActs 5:34-42


34Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;  35And said to them, You men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do as touching these men.  36For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nothing.  37After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.  38And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nothing:  39But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against God.  40And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.  41And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.  42And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Third Reading: Ephesians 1:1-14

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:  2Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  4According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  5Having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved.  7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;  8Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;  9Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself:  10That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:  11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will:  12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  13In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.

Fourth Reading: John 14:1-14

1Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.  2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  4And where I go you know, and the way you know.  5Thomas said to him, Lord, we know not where you go; and how can we know the way?  6Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.  7If you had known me, you should have known my Father also: and from now on you know him, and have seen him.  8Philip said to him, Lord, show us the Father, and it suffises us.  9Jesus said to him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? he that has seen me has seen the Father; and how say you then, Show us the Father?  10Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak to you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works.  11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.  12Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father.  13And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

 

 

 

 

 
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