I was studying our sermon scripture this week and I was amazed by my discovery.
This Sunday I will be preaching from John 17:20-26. It is variously known as Christ's Jesus' "Prayer for All Believers" and Jesus' "Prayer for Unity".
As I was studying the scripture passage I was amazed to discover that the word "UNITY" is hiding right there in the text. So I just had to write it out on The Whiteboard in a way that would bring it out.
So naturally, we'll be talking about Unity this Sunday. As part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) this is uniquely important to us. As a people of faith we have always avowed that "Unity is our Polar Star" and we have taken special significance from this prayer of Christ that we find in John 17:20-26.
And since it is Mother's Day, I can't help but share with you what my own mother always said about unity...but if you want to hear that story you'll have to join us for worship this Sunday!
See you there!
‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’