The Collects and
Readings for Fifth Sunday of Easter:
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,
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.
26 Then an angel of the Lord
said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.' (This is a
wilderness road.) 27So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the
Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning home; seated in his
chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.29Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.'
30So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?'
31He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?' And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32Now the
passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:
‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
a lamb silent before its shearer,
so he does not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.'
asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?' 35Then
Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36As they were going
along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being
baptized?' 38He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and
Philip baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him
no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he
proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
1 ‘I am the true vine, and
my Father is the vine-grower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes
to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide
in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.
5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do
nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the
fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
Post Communion Collect:
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Prayers - we have been asked to remember
in our prayers:
David Aked-Walker, Father Mike, Katie Hakin, Carole Harrington, Diane
Jones, Rev’d John Knight, Philip Le Roux, Sylvia Reynolds, James Wagstaffe and Chris Wright.