Saturday Readings: Preparation for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year A : Easter 6.3)

Hebrew Scripture: Genesis 8:13-19

In the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.

Then God said to Noah, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh–birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth–so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. And every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families.

Psalm 66:8-20

Bless our God, O peoples, 
let the sound of his praise be heard, 
who has kept us among the living, 
and has not let our feet slip.

For you, O God, have tested us; 
you have tried us as silver is tried.

You brought us into the net; 
you laid burdens on our backs; 
you let people ride over our heads; 
we went through fire and through water; 
yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.

I will come into your house with burnt offerings; 
I will pay you my vows, 
those that my lips uttered
and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.

I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings, 
with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; 
I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah

Come and hear, all you who fear God, 
and I will tell what he has done for me.

I cried aloud to him, 
and he was extolled with my tongue.

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, 
the Lord would not have listened.

But truly God has listened; 
he has given heed to the words of my prayer.

Blessed be God, 
because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me.

New Testament Gospel Lesson: John 14:27-29

[Jesus is speaking at the Last Supper.]

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

“You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.”

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image credit: Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat by Hieronymus Bosch, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.
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