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"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep" (John 10:11, NRSV).

    References:

  • Acts 4:5-12
  • Psalm 23 (UMH 754 or 137)
  • 1 John 3:16-24
  • John 10:11-18

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit" (John 15:1-2, NRSV).

    References:

  • Acts 8:26-40
  • Psalm 22:25-31 (UHM 752)
  • 1 John 4:7-21
  • John 15:1-8

Mothers Day
Festival of the Christian Home

    References:

  • Acts 10:44-48
  • Psalm 98 (UMH 818)
  • 1 John 5:1-6
  • John 15:9-17

These readings may be used on May 17 (Ascension Sunday).

    References:

  • Acts 1:1-11
  • Psalm 47 (UMH 781)
  • Ephesians 1:15-23
  • Luke 24:44-53

When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven"  (Acts 1:9-11, NRSV).

    References:

  • Ascension Sunday
  • Acts 1:1-11
  • Psalm 47 (UMH 781)
  • Ephesians 1:15-23
  • (more...)

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:1-4, NRSV).

    References:

  • Acts 2:1-21
  • Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (UMH 826)
  • Romans 8:22-27
  • John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15