Virtual Church 2020-05-24 What was Jesus’ ultimate prayer for his disciples and for us too

May 24, 2020

Today’s sermon text share a very private and intimate moment Jesus has with God while praying for his disciples.  Jesus is assuring God they have accepted God’s words and they Jesus is from God.  Jesus wants them to have eternal life.  Jesus later defines Eternal Life as knowing God. This word , “Knowing,” os the one most of us are familiar with.  It is an experiential intimate knowing.  

I invite you to explore this lovely and powerful text with me.  What was Jesus’ ultimate prayer for his disciples and for us too?

  • The Intimate knowing of the Divine is so much different than retaining knowledge about God
  • When we experience the Divine our perceptions about God start to change.
  • How did my perceptions change about God?
  • Jesus claimed the only he was able to finish his work was because he KNEW God.
  • Living consciously with the Divine brings clarity to our purpose in life.
  • Listening to our eternal voice, intuition.
  • I found my conscious connection through meditation.
  • Jesus’ prayer for all of his disciples is to become One with God as He was One with God.
  • Call to Celebration

    God, we celebrate Oneness in The Spirit. 

    Oneness does not mean the same.

    You embody creation and Spirit.
    You are both and — all encompassing. 

    None of creation is the same.
    We are uniquely us, but compliment one another. 

    Diversity is a complex gift.
    The Spirit is unifying all of creation, all of the time. Awaken us to seeing
    and knowing presently
    . Amen. 

    Offertory

    God, your divine imprint is upon us. Sometimes we cannot see, because we are looking. There are times we cannot know, because our knowing gets in the way. Life is filled with paradoxes and oxymorons; however, Spirit is always present to reveal truth. Awaken us to the truth in front of us so that we can make manifest the Oneness you prayed for us. Amen

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    God of Unity, disrupt our patterns of discontinuity. When we find ourselves flailing between what was, what is, and what is yet to come, help us to breathe and look again to the truth Spirit is
    revealing. Help us to let go of what was and embrace what is. You can hold us and our it
    together. NOTHING will ever separate us from your love. Remind us that you existed before there
    was a was and you transcend time. Amen.

    Rev. LaTrell Harrison

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    • I had struggled with meditation for years, trying every meditation app & process that crossed my path. Now my understanding about meditation is completely different. I no longer fight against the drifting mind or try to keep the thoughts from happening. I’m actually finding that when I relax and let the meditation and do its thing, the stress of the day subsides and I sometimes even have great ideas!

  • Today I am celebrating my Mom’s 78th Birthday. When Pastor Barton spoke about sitting on the lap of God in his vision. It made me think of my Mom. She also had a vision, in which she was sitting on the lap of God. It to was a life changing moment for her. I find it a blessing that you would share your story on this day. Thank you.

  • 5.24.20 sermon – Conscious of the Spirit: what a significant learning for me today—recognizing that I reached full consciousness, a connection to myself. Clarity in my life & continue experiential living thru God, WUC & our amazing congregation. Thank you Barton

    • I loved how Barton called out the fact that we have to recognize our connection to spirit AND do the work. Doing “the work” is not always easy, but I’m finding that for myself the payoff is definitely worth the work!

  • When a mother knows something is wrong with her child, miles away, science calls that psychic phenomena. This sermon suggests that such psychic phenomena is the Holy Spirit working through us. I heard this and felt like it’s something which should’ve dawned on me years ago. It was one of those “well duh” moments.

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