Fifth Sunday of Easter

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Acts 14: 21-27
Second Scripture Reading
Revelation 21: 1-5a
Gospel Reading
John 13: 31-33a, 34-35

Opening Prayer

Holy God, You truly are our Mother and Father. In Christ and through his presence among us, You are giving birth to a new age. We panic sometimes as we experience the contracting birthpains of your reign. Give us the fidelity of our Moms who love us through pain, birth, and life, longer than we have known ourselves. Expel us again from the wombs of confining security we seem to crawl back into. We long for the past rather then accept your challenge to create your new age of justice, glory, peace, reconciliation, joy and life. You are transforming our world, Holy God, by the power of your Risen Jesus. You dwell among us. Sometimes we simply want to stand in wonder, awe and adoration. But your birthing and creative presence moves us to give birth to the new age of your reign by the way we love, reverence, forgive and are lifegiving to each other.

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