getting out the WORD - the fifth sunday in lent PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers. Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."

John 12:20-33

This time, every third year, we hear the request. Some Greeks go up to worship, they come to Philip, and they say, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." And in the past, it, always, seemed like such a simple thing. After all, theoretically, that's what sermons and sacraments are for... to show Jesus to the people! That, hypothetically, is why there'd a church, to begin with... to be the Jesus people can see and hear and touch!

But this year, it dawned on me how truly difficult it really is! As god's people, we spend so much time talking about other things. Reading the bible! Saying prayers! Singing songs! Discussing the latest fads and cutting-edge programs! So much so that we never get around to being the love that ransoms and redeems, to becoming the forgiveness that delivers and saves! To being and becoming Jesus! No, instead of trying to figure out what "they" want, what people need, maybe we, simply, need to listen to them! "Sir... Ma'am... will you just show us Jesus? Please?"

Bob Barndt, pastor

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