Weekly Church Service – Easter 7: June 2, 2019


Sentence:

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.
Acts 16:31


Collect of the day

Almighty God,
whose blessed son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one,
as you and he are one,
grant that your church,
being bound together in love and obedience to you,
may be united in one body by one spirit,
that the world may believe in him who you have sent,
your son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.


Today’s readings

  • Acts 16:16 – 34
  • Psalm 97
  • Revelations 22:12 – 22
  • John 17:20 – 26

next week

  • Acts 2:1 – 21
  • Psalm 104:26 – 36
  • Romans 8:14 – 17
  • John 14:8 – 17

“Father, I pray… For those who will believe in me through their word, So that all may be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you…”

In John’s account of the Last Supper, after his final teachings to his disciples before the events of his passion began, Jesus addresses his Father in heaven. He begins praying for himself, that he may obediently bring to completion the work of redemption entrusted to him by the Father. Next, he prays for his disciples, that they may faithfully proclaim the word he has taught them. Finally (today’s gospel pericope), Jesus prays for the future church – us – that we may be united in the “complete” love that binds the Father to the Son, the Son to his church, and that in our love for one another the world may come to know God.

In his “high priestly prayer” Jesus pleads with the Father that the unique sense of “oneness” that exists between the Father and the Son might exist among us, as well. It is a unity of complete love embracing all, from Genesis to the Gospel of the empty tomb to our own parish family.

Christ calls us to work for that sense of “oneness” that sense of “connectedness” and “completeness” within our own church by recognising and honouring the essential dignity that every one of us possesses as children of God and in seeking ways to tear down the barriers that divide and alienate us from one another.

Christ’s prayer in the night before he dies is that we realise his hope for the church he leaves behind, a church of welcome and acceptance that refuses to trap one another by labels and categories, a faith that seeks to find and honour what unites and binds us together as the people of God © connections/media Works


Sermon Audio

The Reverend Josie Steytler preaches from the text after the gospel reading.


Know God Personally,
Love and Respect One Another Deeply,
Disciple and Serve those around us.

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