Easter 7 Sunday Preview

What does it mean to be one? Jesus offers a prayer to our Heavenly Father for our sake that we may be one.

Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

John 17:11

We’re called to be one by the God who gathers us all into this one body of Christ. Sometimes we need a pep talk and to hear Jesus’ prayer for us once again!

Sermon Theme:

Do you need a pep talk?

This Sunday the song Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song will be featured as the Hymn of the Day in the Traditional services.  

As if gathered in the upper room, today we implore the Holy Spirit to join us. Images of the Holy Spirit (dove, wind’s rush, flame) are followed by images of the church (Christ’s body, branches of the vine, members of the faith assembled). We end by unpacking some of the gifts the Spirit brings.

One of the Worship Songs in the New Day Praise Service will be 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

One of the verses includes the words “You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger Your name is great and Your heart is kind for all Your goodness I will keep on singing ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.” At the center of our lives is the one who gives life, meaning and salvation. How do you bless the Lord?

Home Devotional Questions

Have you ever been part of a friendship, family or group where you felt as though you were ‘one’ body.

What aspects of this relationship brought about the feeling of unity?
How is their presence a sign of God’s love?

Prayer: Pray for someone who you share a connection with (a family member, a friend, a service partner).  Maybe offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for how they have blessed you with their presence.

 

Rev. Sarah Teichmann

Rev. Sarah Teichmann

Pastor of Christian Formation

I love working in a staff where we are able to use each other’s strengths for the glory of God. I am energized by the lay leaders of the church and the creative ways they can extend the mission of Jesus to congregational members and our community.

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