At the last supper, when Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
From sermon4kids.com: “Would you like for people to look at the way you live and know that you are a follower of Jesus? . . . obey his command, “Love one another as I have loved you.””
Collect: Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: In Acts 11:1–18, Peter, led by the Spirit, discloses God’s new directions to heal creation, and the church reconfigures its social boundaries. The Gentiles, who were excluded from the church in Jerusalem because their eating habits were judged to be vile and unclean, are now included by the reconciling work of the Spirit. Where is God’s Spirit opening us to new directions in mission this day?
Sunday School 9:00 am
Eye Candy: “Love, an Allegory, Vignette” by E. F. Burney; “First Law of Nature—Not Self-Preservation but love” by Patrick Sullivan; “Charity” by Isaac Oliver
Our inability to love one another as Jesus mandates should drive us to humbly and thoroughly rely on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Any act or employment of Jesus’ love we perform is empowered by the Holy Spirit, and thus the Lord alone must be given the credit and be glorified.
Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year C,p. 226.
Movies/Videos: “A beautiful mind” (2001), “adorable kid transforms womanizer in poignant Oscar winner”; “Me and you and everyone we know” (2005), “relationship in today’s world”; “Little Manhattan” (2005), “adorable comedy” (yes, about kids)
Image “Love one another” by Henri Camille Danger.
Chaplain Chris and Pastor Doug at the helm on Sunday. See you then.