Seventh Sunday of Easter/Ascension Day (observed) EPISTLE

EPISTLE Revelation 22:1–6, 12–20

1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as
crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through
the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river,
the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each
month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God
and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.
4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
5And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun,
for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and
ever.

6And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And
the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel
to show his servants what must soon take place.”
12Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to
repay everyone for what he has done. 13I am the Alpha and the
Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
14Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have
the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the
gates. 15Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually
immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and
practices falsehood.

16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things
for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the
bright morning star.”
17The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears
say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who
desires take the water of life without price.
18I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this
book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues
described in this book, 19and if anyone takes away from the words
of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the
tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

20He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.