May18FriMay 18, 2018 Pastor Eric Groot-Nibbelink
Last Sunday we reflected on what is sometimes known as the other Lord’s prayer, the prayer of Jesus recorded in John 17, the night before his crucifixion. Unlike the Lord’s prayer of Matthew 6 which teaches us how to pray; this passage shows Jesus himself in prayer. John 17 is known for some very dense theological language but what comes through clearly is the passion with which Jesus prays for his followers. Those followers include us who are named as his followers of the future. In our reflections, one of the profound realities that we came away with is the idea that Jesus does indeed actually pray for us.
At the end of the service we did something out of the ordinary; we took the little note card that we had been given and wrote on it, one word. That one word was to represent what we would have Jesus pray for us in the coming week. Several illustrations of possible words were given such as faith, trust, joy, forgiveness, depending on our need. Those cards were meant for us to carry around in our wallets and purses are pockets for the week, reminding us all week that Jesus prays for us.
If you filled out one of those cards here’s an additional challenge, which in some cases may require some extra coverage, share your word with someone in the fellowship hall today or else in a personal meeting sometime. It may take some courage to be vulnerable but it’s another way of our being able to share our burdens and build community with each other in Christ. If you didn’t receive such a business card sized card there are a few left in the foyer on the welcome centre. -EGN