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We regret that church services and activities have been suspended for the time being.
Sunday May 24th 2020
Reflections by Revd Fiona Brown:
Jesus has shared a meal with the disciples, shown them what he means about serving others and given them loving teaching about how to live as his followers. He has also promised them that he will send them an Advocate, a helper to be with them. Now he prays for them.
Reading: St John’s Gospel Chapter 17 verses 1 – 11
Jesus says in verse 10 “All I have is yours, and all you have is mine”. When I read those words I was reminded of the Marriage Service. The rings are exchanged with the words “All that I am I give to you and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God.”
There is an intimacy in those words, just as there are with Jesus’ words. Jesus cares and he knows his Father does too. There is also commitment - as there is within marriage. I often think our relationship with God is like marriage. It’s commitment on both sides and on our part we do not always find it easy. In our Covenant Service we promise to live not for ourselves, but for God. In marriage we acknowledge that our commitment is for better, for worse! Relationships have to be worked at and that includes our relationship with God. Any break in that relationship is down to us, not God. Remember always that he cares for us and about us.
Father, we thank you that you give us people to love and care about, and that we are loved and cared about too. We pray for all those who have lost someone dear to them in the pandemic. Give us the love to show them our love and concern. Amen.
Suggestion: Read through to the end of Chapter 17. It is a wonderful prayer and it’s Jesus praying for you and me.
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