Readings for Sunday, May 8, 2022

 

The First Reading Is From Acts 9: 36-43

  

36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.

 

37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.

 

38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

 

41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.

 

42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.

 

43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.


 

Introduction:

The 2nd reading is from Revelation 7: 9-17

9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 

 

10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 

 

11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 

 

12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 

 

14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
   and serve him day and night in his temple;
   and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.


16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
   the sun shall not strike them,
   nor any scorching heat.


17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
   and he will guide them to springs of living water,