. . . [Jesus said] “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”
From sermon4kids.com: “Why do troubles come into our life? I believe that troubles come for the very reason that Jesus said — so that God’s name will be glorified. I have known people who followed the example of Jesus when they faced trouble in their life. . . . Wouldn’t it be pleasing to God if all of us faced trouble in such a way that His name is glorified?”
Scripture: March 18, 2018—Fifth Sunday in Lent—Jeremiah 31:31–34; Hebrews 5:5–10; Psalm 51:1–12 or Psalm 119:9–16; & John 12:20–33.
Collect: Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: God is at work offering forgiveness, showing mercy, and giving knowledge of life, death, and salvation. Where is God enacting that new life within or around you? What in your life must die so that you may flourish? What must fall away so that you can rise again in Christ?
Sunday School 9:15 am
Movies/Videos: “To end all wars” (2001), John’s grain of wheat imagery; “The Road to Perdition” (2002), father-son relationship; “Cast Away” (2000), story of deserted man forced to cope with his place in the world
Video for “Why should I pray the Lord’s Prayer when it feels like I’m just going through the motions?”, Chapter 17