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?
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.
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
Bringing in the Light
Prayers and Concerns
Scripture & Sermon
John 17: 1-11 New International Version (NIV)
Extinguishing the Light
A Prayer for Peace and Restoration
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