May 2021 Bible readings
Here are the May 2021 Bible readings which we will be using in church. Many of us are back in our church buildings on Sunday now. But whether you come along, live elsewhere or still sheltering at home, please make use of these readings and reflect on what they might be saying to you.
May takes us through the rest of Easter Season and Pentecost, to Trinity Sunday. So, we have a chariot, a vine, lots of abiding, fruit, tongues of fire, seraphs – and an only begotten Son…
- May 2nd – 5th of Easter: Acts 8:26-40; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8;
- May 9th – 6th of Easter: Acts 10:44-48; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17;
- May 16th – 7th of Easter: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; 1 John 5:9-13; Luke 17:6-19;
- May 23rd – Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15;
- May 30th – Trinity Sunday: Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17;
If you don’t have access to a Bible, then please follow this link to the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. It doesn’t always have the same readings but it’s a good place to start.
The May 2021 Bible readings includes this lovely but challenging passage from John’s Gospel…
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.