In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
From sermon4kids.com: “. . . When we invite Jesus to come into our heart, we become a new creation. God doesn’t just clean us up and slap on a little paint, he makes us into a new person. Would you rather be, a worm or a butterfly?”
Scripture: May 27, 2018—Isaiah 6:1–8; Romans 8:12–17; Psalm 29; and John 3:1–17.
Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Jesus invites us to be born from above to receive new and abundant life. Salvation, or abundant life, is understood as a present reality in the Gospel of John. If the gift of God’s love made known to us in Christ through the Spirit is stirred up by gratitude, what daily practice could increase your sense of gratitude? How could a simple practice of thanking God at any given moment in the day enliven your experience of salvation?
Sunday School—check with your teacher (Youth are out for the summer)
Commentary on the Gospel by Thomas G. Long; “Trinity, Mystery, and Mercy” by Don Clendenin;
“Trinity” by Kristen Alexander George
The flesh desires,
the soul/spirit convicts,
and the mind decides.
Movies/Videos: “Babette’s Feast” (1987), needs of the flesh versus the gifts of the spirit; “Angela’s Ashes” (1999), soul shattering effects of poverty; “Powder” (1995), a mystic with strange powers, compassionate service to others.
For the summer, let’s explore how faith and science fit together—or do they? Here’s an introductory video to get us started. After you watch the video, think on these things: Why do you think science causes people to lose their faith? Have you ever felt like science challenged or threatened your faith? If so, how?