Readings for May

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There are, of course, no services in any of our churches during May. Instead, here is a list of some of the resources available to you for this month.

Sunday Readings.

These are the set Eucharistic readings for the day.

3rd May –  The Fourth Sunday of Easter
The reading from Acts must be used as either the first or second reading.
Acts 2.42-4, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2.19-25, John 10.1-10

Collect
Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

10th May – The Fifth Sunday of Easter
The reading from Acts must be used as either the first or second reading.
Acts 7.55-60, Psalm 31.1-5,15-16*, 1 Peter 2.2-10, John 14.1-14

Collect
Almighty God,
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

17th May – The Sixth Sunday of Easter
The reading from Acts must be used as either the first or second reading.
Acts 17.22-31, Psalm 66.7-18, 1 Peter 3.13-22, John 14.15-21

Collect
God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us
to eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

24th May – The Seventh Sunday of Easter, Sunday after Ascension Day
The reading from Acts must be used as either the first or second reading.
Acts 1.6-14, Psalm 68.1-10,32-35*, 1 Peter 4.12-14; 5.6-11, John 17.1-11

Collect
O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

31st May – Day of Pentecost, Whit Sunday
The reading from Acts must be used as either the first or second reading.
Acts 2.1-21 or Numbers 11.24-30, Psalm 104.26-36,37b*, 1 Corinthians 12.3b-13
or Acts 2.1-21, John 20.19-23 or John 7.37-39

Collect
God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Daily Readings

There are set readings for every day of the year in the Church of England’s regular calendar. It could be possible to compile a daily listing here, but a far easier resource for those with Internet access is the excellent Oremus website.

“Oremus” is Latin for “Let us pray” and one page <oremus.org/cofe.html> gives a simple link to the Common Worship liturgy for that day. It’s all in one place and includes all the readings and psalms as well as the Collect and so on.
A really good Take-Away Ready Meal for your soul! That one link will call up the appropriate page for today, yesterday and tomorrow.

If you can’t access this, the full lectionary for May is available in printed format. (Yes! On real paper!). If you want one, get in touch with Chris Wright on 634526 with your address and Postman Pat will do the rest!

Yet another option would be to get a copy of Bible Reading Fellowship notes.
New Daylight (May to August 2020) costs £4.70.  We have two spare copies here – if you want one, just let us know.

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