Week beginning Sunday 21st March 2021
We’d like to invite you to join with others in our congregation to pray together through Lent, knowing that we can feel connected to each other by knowing that others will be praying with us.
Each week we shall reflect and pray over the lectionary passage for the week, following the same format: a Bible reading, a question(s), a prayer and an action.
Before you begin to pray, find a comfortable, quiet place to sit — perhaps light a candle. If it’s helpful to you, perhaps establish a rhythm by praying at the same time each day.
Week 5: beginning Sunday 21st March 2021
As I begin to pray, I pause to be still;
to breathe slowly, to acknowledge that I am in the presence of God.
Some Greeks Wish to See Jesus
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.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
Jesus Speaks about His Death
“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
Questions to Consider
Does it help that even Jesus shrank from the thought of suffering?
We pray for all our Church leaders: Liz, Lorraine, Rory, Sarah and the stewards as they wrestle with the demands of their calling. May they be given the courage to offer themselves unstintingly in Your service as You give them the right ways to encourage, inform and empower us. Amen.
Choose a totally sacrificial Christian action to do to help someone. Maybe the action will be financial, energetic, time consuming and nerve-wracking. Maybe the action will be for a neighbour, for a child in a refugee camp, for a medical charity, for the community and environment. Do it again and again! Do it prayerfully and cheerfully.