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getting out the WORD - the sixth sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:25

the PRAYER...
Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

John 14:15-21

the DEVOTION...
"I am small, my heart is pure. No one should dwell there but Jesus alone. Amen." That's the prayer I was taught as a toddler. The one I said, every night at bedtime. And looking at it, now, it sounds, pretty much, like the picture sketched by this week's gospel. "... and he [- the Spirit -] will be in you!" Dwelling there inside my heart!

At least, that's how I imagine it. But the words can, also, paint another picture. First, 'you' isn't singular! Individual! Particular! It's plural! The spirit will be in 'yinz' (as we said in western PA)! In 'y'all' (as we say here in West Texas)! And second, the Greek word 'in' can mean, not only inside, but between, as well! Among! Dwelling not, simply, inside me, but, more importantly, between us! The Spirit is the very thing that - the very person who - brings us together and keeps us that way!

The Spirit of truth isn't something - isn't someone - the Father sends to each person separately, on his own, all by herself. But something - someone - god sends us all! Together! At the same time! Where two or three are gathered! You see, in matters of faith, it's all about community! All about church!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
getting out the WORD - the fifth sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:59

the PRAYER...
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.

John 14:1-14

the DEVOTION...
We do it so well... confess sin, that is! So serious. So heartfelt. Bowing heads. Folding hands. After a bad week, maybe, even, closing our eyes. A moment of silence. Then, we speak. "Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto thee, that we are by nature sinful and unclean...." Of course, the King's English adds to the affect. "Wherefore we flee for refuge to thine infinite mercy, seeking and imploring thy grace...." Confession à la the old red hymnal! Beggars! Helpless! Needy!

Unfortunately, we never seem to move on from there. Always the sinner; never the saint. Believing we're forgiven! That we're different! Changed! Walking through life, head bowed, hands folded. Humble. Modest. Unassuming. Apologizing each time someone else bumps into us. But we're more than that! Better than that! "The one who believes in me will, also, do the works that I do...

and, in fact, will do even greater...."

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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