Dear people of faith,
Today the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation commences, and we continue our prayers for unity and reconciliation in the Spirit of Pentecost and Christ’s Church. Today we also pray for the repose of the soul of Joan Knight Reeder, Rev’d. Geoff’s mother, who died yesterday at the age of 104. Please remember Geoff and family as they prepare to farewell Joan in these difficult times.
With blessing on your day; Rev’d. Jan (and don’t forget your Pentecost activity for today – if you have misplaced your Pack, check the website Homepage under “Posts”).
Week of prayer for Reconciliation/Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
An Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, and their elders past and present. We honour the connection that traditional custodians have with this land.
Lord God, bring us together as one,
reconciled with you and reconciled with each other.
You made us in your likeness,
and gave us your Son, Jesus Christ.
He has given us forgiveness from sin.
Lord God, bring us together as one
reconciled, healed, forgiven,
Sharing you with others as you have called us to do.
In Jesus Christ, let us be together as one. Amen APBA p.203
GOSPEL for the Day: John 17: 11-19
11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
REFLECTION on the Gospel: contributed by Cathy Grant
There is so much tenderness in Jesus’ prayer for his disciples in our opening verse – “Holy Father, protect them in your name.” Jesus intercedes for us, pleads our case that we may be protected as we journey through life. They are simple words expressing great love and deep care and concern for his followers. What words of comfort in these uncertain times.
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, spent his life protecting his own, guarding his own – and “not one of them was lost.” We can trust this promise that he is with us whenever we feel alone or overwhelmed or at sea in life.
In this chapter, it is time for Jesus physically to be “no longer in the world,” so he “speaks these things” that we may have his “joy made complete” and “be one” with each other as the Father and the Son are one – a call to action that has particular meaning for us in this time of physical separation from each other as a parish.
Jesus asks his father (and ours) not only to “guard” us but also to “sanctify” us in our mission in the world. He sends us to live and work for him in a world that we “don’t belong to,” are not meant to belong to. We are made, and sent, to be holy and separate from the world’s outlook and control, sanctified people committed to God’s word and God’s truth in our lives, wherever God has planted us to do his will in his world.
Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and our brother,
you have called us to be followers.
Make us one in our faith and hope,
and one in our loving service.
Make us one in worship and in daily living.
send us your Spirit to make us one,
as you call us to be.
We ask this in your holy name, Lord Jesus,
for you are our Saviour.
Daily Bible Bite (answer tomorrow): In which Gospel do you find the story of the Syro-Phoenician woman (a gentile) who responded to the words of Jesus saying “Ah yes, sir, but little dogs under the table eat the scraps from the children”. She went home to find her daughter healed.
From yesterday: In which Gospel do you find the most parables or teachings of Jesus?