Weekly Scripture Readings
Fifth Sunday of Easter
April 29, 2018
First Reading: Acts 8:26–40
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
> Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem
to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of
Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and
was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over
and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand
what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and
sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
> “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
> and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
> so he opens not his mouth.
> In his humiliation justice was denied him.
> Who can describe his generation?
> For his life is taken away from the earth.”
And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone
else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And
as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What
prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the
water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord
carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at
Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
Epistle: 1 John 4:7–11, 19–21
God Is Love
> Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and
knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was
made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In
this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our
sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
> We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he
who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this
commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Holy Gospel: John 15:1–8
I Am the True Vine
> [Jesus said:] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he
prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
> Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the
branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I
am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for
apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and
withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words
abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you
bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 22, 2018
First Reading: Acts 4:1–12
Peter and John Before the Council
> As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees
came upon them,
greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from
the dead. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five
> On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high
priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. And when they
had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter,
filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined
today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be
known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom
you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is
the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is
salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be
Epistle: 1 John 3:16–24
> By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the
brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against
him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in
> By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our
heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does
not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we
keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the
name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his
commandments abides in him, and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit
whom he has given us.
Holy Gospel: John 10:11–18
> I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and
not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and
the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the
sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I
know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I
must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this
reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from
me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up
again. This charge I have received from my Father.”