Sentence: God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
1 John 4:16b
Collect: We behold your glory, O God, in the love shown by your Son, lifted up on the cross and exalted on high: be glorified anew in the love we have for one another as disciples of the risen Lord Jesus, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 11:1-18
1The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticised him 3and said, ‘You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.’ 4Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: 5‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. 6I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. 7Then I heard a voice telling me, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 8‘I replied, “Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” 9‘The voice spoke from heaven a second time, “ Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 10This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again. 11‘Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. 12The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, “Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 14He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.” 15‘As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16Then I remembered what the Lord had said: “John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.” 17So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?’ 18When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, ‘So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.’
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A reading from the Book of Revelation 21:1-6
1Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling-place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death” or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ 5He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ 6He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
The Gospel according to St John Chapter 13: 31- 35 verse.
Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ
31When Judas was gone, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. 33‘My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: where I am going, you cannot come. 34‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.