Jesus said to Judas (not Iscariot), . . . “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, `I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.”
From sermon4kids.com: “When Jesus went to heaven, he didn’t leave us alone. He asked his Father to send the Holy Spirit to watch over us, teach us, and remind us of all that he has told us . . .”
Collect: O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: When Lydia hears the gospel, she becomes the first Christian in Europe. Led by the Spirit, Lydia’s faith is decisive and her witness is immediate. The word opens her heart in love, and she opens her house in hospitality in service of the gospel. How might Lydia’s witness excite your sense of ministry and mission this day? Where might you find someone searching for God’s word?
Sunday School — on break for the summer
Peace, I leave you / My peace you’ll know / it will be with you / wherever you go.
Peace, unimaginable, / peace ever calm / peace as refreshing / as a cool soothing balm.
In times of trouble, / in times of woe / My peace in your heart / I will surely grow.
Peace, that reconciles, / peace that will unite / peace that is eternal / full of truth and light.
My peace surpasses, / that which you know / My peace I leave you / because I love you so!
~ Deborah Ann
Movies/Videos: “West Beirut” (1998), adolescents struggles to retain their identities in midst of turmoil; “The iron giant” (1999), “anti-guns parable”, animated; “Monanoke” (1997), gods battle with humans, animated
Image “Holy Spirit” by Sue Ann Jackson Land.
Chaplain Chris and Pastor Doug will see you around the altar, and especially at VBS.