I will not leave you comfortless 051318

John 17:6-19

Jesus prayed for his disciples, “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. . . . Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. . . . I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. . . .”

From sermon4kids.com: “. . . We put our trust in God, our Heavenly Father, to show us the way. We have his Word, the Bible, to help us. Any time we don’t know which wary to turn, we can talk to him in prayer and ask him to guide and protect us. ”

Scripture: May 13, 2018—Acts 1:15–17, 21–26; 1 John 5:9–13; Psalm 1; & John 17:6–19.

Collect: O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Reflection: In the first chapter of Acts, when the eleven seek to replace Judas with a new apostle, they ask God to reveal who that should be by casting lots. How do you think God’s will is revealed to us today? Is it revealed in more than one way?

Image: “Embrace of Peace” by George Tooker

Sunday School 9:15 am

Eye Candy: “Embrace of Peace” by George Tooker; “Word of Life” by Millard Sheets; “Meditation sheet” by P. Solomon Raj

Ear Worm: “Peace train” by Yusuf/Cat Stevens; “My peace I leave you” by Taize community; “Peace is my last gift” from St. Gregory’s; “Perfect Peace” by Marvin Sapp; “Peace in the Valley” by Elvis Pressley.

Brain Food:
[Comment about “Embrace of Peace” by George Tooker] Before sharing the bread and wine, parishioners offer “greetings of peace,” turning to each other and to those nearby to exchange a handshake or embrace. For Tooker, the embrace symbolizes the community he has found in the church, and the community he hopes to find in paradise. The painting is thus a visual rendering of heaven and earth where the sexes and races mix harmoniously. It is where “we should be.” ~August Wilson

Read what Julian of Norwich says about prayer;

“Chanting” from Whistling in the Dark by Frederick Buechner:
“It is a form of high-church Popery that is supposed to set mainline Protestant teeth on edge. It shouldn’t. . . . When a prayer or a psalm or a paSsage from the Gospels is chanted, we hear the words . . . in a new way. We remember that they are not only meaning but music and mystery. The chanting italicizes them. The prose becomes poetry. The prosaic becomes powerful. . . .” (p. 26)

Movies/Videos: “Of gods and men” (2010), “sanctified” in truth is apt description of martyred French monks; “Election” (1999), moral emptiness of ugly-American go-getters; “The apostle” (1997), fall and redemption of Texas preacher




Study guide, group activity, snacks



: young elementary: activity; bulletin games; crafts;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games; craft




Youth will lead the class.

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