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May 17, 2020


O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Isaiah 41:17–20

17 When the poor and needy seek water,
        and there is none,
        and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them;
        I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers on the bare heights,
        and fountains in the midst of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
        and the dry land springs of water.
19 I will put in the wilderness the cedar,
        the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive.
I will set in the desert the cypress,
        the plane and the pine together,
20 that they may see and know,
        may consider and understand together,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
        the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Psalm 148:7–14

Praise the Lord from the earth,
        you great sea creatures and all deeps,
8 fire and hail, snow and mist,
        stormy wind fulfilling his word!

9 Mountains and all hills,
        fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Beasts and all livestock,
        creeping things and flying birds!

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
        princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and maidens together,
        old men and children!

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
        for his name alone is exalted;
        his majesty is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for his people,
        praise for all his saints,
        for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the Lord!

1 Peter 3:8–18

Suffering for Righteousness' Sake
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

“Whoever desires to love life
        and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
        and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
        let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
        and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered[a] once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

John 15:1–11

I Am the True Vine
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.