Prepare for Cantate: The Sunday of the New Song (04/14)Pr. Christopher Gillespie
Jesus Promises to Send His Holy Spirit, the Helper
Though Jesus has departed from us visibly to the right hand of the Father who sent Him, yet this is to our advantage. For Jesus–who is Lord over all creation, who intercedes for us before the Father, who is preparing a place for us in heaven–has sent the Helper, the Spirit of Truth (John 16:5–15). “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” through Jesus Christ (James 1:17). The Holy Spirit helps us by taking what is Christ’s and declaring it to us. In the Word of truth, the Spirit works repentance and delivers to us the forgiveness of sins, the righteousness of Christ, and victory over the devil. For the ruler of this world is judged and defeated by the cross. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we have been brought forth to new life in Him who is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Confident of our resurrection with Christ we confess, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid” (Is. 12:2).
Old Testament: Isaiah 12:1-6
Epistle: Jas. 1:16-21
Gospel: John 16:5-15
O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Alle- | luia!*
His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. Alle- | luia (Psalm 98:1-2)
His right hand and His | holy arm*
have gained Him the | victory.
He has remembered His | mercy*
and His faithfulness to the house of | Israel.
All the ends | of the earth*
have seen the salvation | of our God.
Shout joyfully to the LORD, | all the earth;*
break forth in song, rejoice, and sing | praises. (Psalm 98:1, 3-4)
During the season of Easter the Gradual is omitted and the Verse expanded.
Alle- | luia.*
Alle- | luia.
The right hand of the LORD is | exalted;*
the right hand of the LORD does valiantly. Alle- | luia.
Christ, having been raised from the dead, | dies no more.*
Death no longer has dominion over Him. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 118:16, Romans 6:9)