Fifth Sunday of Easter, 10th May

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

Eternal God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.  Amen

1 Peter 2.2–10

2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation — 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture:
    ‘See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
       a cornerstone chosen and precious;
          and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.’
    To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
       ‘The stone that the builders rejected
          has become the very head of the corner’,
     ‘A stone that makes them stumble,
          and a rock that makes them fall.’
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
   but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
   but now you have received mercy.

As a youngster I was taught that opening verse and still, today, find it resonates with me. Like a newborn babe, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation… The Bible continues to be enticing and rewarding to read and find new ideas and insights.

from Psalm 31
   In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
      let me never be put to shame;
   deliver me in your righteousness.
   Incline your ear to me;
   make haste to deliver me.
   Be my strong rock, a fortress to save me,
      for you are my rock and my stronghold;
   guide me, and lead me for your name’s sake.
   Take me out of the net
      that they have laid secretly for me,
   for you are my strength.
   Into your hands I commend my spirit,
   for you have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
    ‘My times are in your hand;
   deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
      and from those who persecute me.
    ‘Make your face to shine upon your servant,
   and save me for your mercy’s sake.’

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More worship options for today:

Today’s Church of England video service, led by Bishop of London and former Chief Nursing Officer Sarah Mullally, will be published on YouTube at 10am Swiss time.
Click here to download the order of Service

Today’s Sunday service from Radio Four is broadcast at 9:10 am, Swiss time
In today’s programme, on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Dr Rowan Williams asks how we can rise to our present huge challenges as we seek to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic
Click here to listen on-line

Today’s Songs of Praise on BBC1 television at 14:15 Swiss time
Katherine Jenkins marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day by hearing from those who experienced the testing times of WWII. Recorded before church buildings closed.
Praise My Soul The King of Heaven – St John The Baptist, Tideswell
The Lord’s My Shepherd – St Michael’s Church, Southampton
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace – Christ Church, Oxten, Birkenhead,
Peace in the Valley, performed by Katherine Jenkins
You Raise Me Up, performed by Colin Thackery
All People That On Earth Do Dwell – St Martins Church, Stamford
Click here to watch on-line

If you missed Wednesday’s Choral Evensong service on BBC Radio 3, it will be broadcast again today on Radio 3 at 16:00 Swiss time. Click here to listen on-line.