Third Sunday of Easter
Theme: O Love that wilt not let me go
whose love will not let us go:
Restore in us the power of our calling
that we may boldly fulfil the tasks you
set before us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit
is worthy of blessing and honour,
glory and power, for ever and ever. Amen.
READING from Acts 9: 1-6
Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats to murder the Lord’s disciples, went to the high priest 2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, either men or women, he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
3 As he was going along, approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
GOSPEL according to John 21: 1-19
7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea.
Go now and follow the risen Christ.
Love God and nourish the faith of God’s little ones.
Make Christ known to all people
for God has chosen you as an instrument
to lead others into the way of mercy and love.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen
Go in peace with courage to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ, Amen.