In today’s gospel Jesus is praying. He’s not talking to the disciples and he’s not talking to us. He’s not teaching and he’s not giving instructions. He’s praying, and we’re listening in. And what a prayer it is.
What do you hear in his prayer? I’m not just asking about what he prays for. I’m asking about what’s behind his prayer. What’s going on in him? What’s his prayer really about? Continue reading Working Out Our Life – A Sermon On John 17:6-19
We all come to dividing lines in our lives. It might be a heart attack, the death of a loved one, a divorce, the loss of job, a shattered dream, an aging body. But it might also be a graduation, a marriage, the birth of a child or a grandchild, a retirement, an unexpected opportunity. In some way our lives are a series of dividing lines. Every one of you could look back and see the dividing lines in your life; the questions that were raised, the choices you made, the struggles you faced, and the ways in which your life changed. Continue reading The Dividing Lines In Life – A Sermon On John 17:6-19
The collect and readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 17:6-19. “Protect them from the evil one,” Jesus prays. We live in a dangerous world. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. We read about the dangers of this world every day. We see the pictures on the internet and the daily … Continue reading A Lived Amen – A Sermon on John 17:6-19; Easter 7B
How and for what we pray reveals a lot. At a very deep level our prayer describes our worldview, our life, relationships, priorities and concerns. It manifests our view of the spiritual journey and its purpose. Ultimately our prayer reveals our understanding of who God is and how God relates to creation and humanity. If we view God as angry and judgmental we will pray … Continue reading Answering Jesus’ Prayer