John 14:1-14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus the Way to the Father
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me”. V11
In a few weeks time it will be Pentecost when we remember and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. One of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to help us to know God. But before there was no such guide and when Philip asks to see God, Jesus uses this opportunity to explain further how to experience this abundant and fulfilled life that God offers us. He said that God was within him and he was within God to such an extent that He and God were one. That God within Jesus enabled him to love and heal all those around him in such a miraculous way. And he pointed to the time after his death that those same powers would be available to all those who allowed God the Holy Spirit to fill their lives and their being.
This promise came true beyond the disciples' wildest dreams. From the day of Pentecost, this frightened, confused band of followers turned into a force that shaped and changed the world.
This extraordinary unity with God is available to us all and the Godly love that we give out will reflect the proportion to which we have been able to allow God to fill our being. We are not Jesus, we never will be, so we are only partially able to allow God to fill our lives, but the more we can allow God to influence us, then the more our presence will bring love and healing to others. God will work through us if we open ourselves to him.
In joy and hope let us pray to the Father.
That our risen Saviour may fill us [and …] with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection … we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.
We pray for the Church that it will continue to bring love and healing to God’s creation through the power of the Holy Spirit. We pray for the persecuted church throughout the world that there may be tolerance and understanding. … we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.
We pray for our nation and for those who govern us. We pray for our Queen, thanking You for her leadership and presence in our national life. As we remember VE Day we give you thanks for our freedom so dearly bought by generations that have gone before.… we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.
We pray for those who lack food, work or shelter … we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.
We pray that He may reveal the light of his presence to the sick, the weak and the dying, to comfort and strengthen them. We pray for all those working on the frontline during this Covid-19 crisis thanking You for their courage and dedication and asking Your protection for them … we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.
We pray that, according to his promises, all who have died in the faith of the resurrection may be raised on the last day … we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.
That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people, so that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection, we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.
Spend a few moments praying for the people you know and love, and for an end to the current Pandemic.
Heavenly Father, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant that, as his death has recalled us to life, so his continual presence in us may raise us to eternal joy; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.
Act of Contrition
I love you, Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.
Act of Spiritual Reception
In union, heavenly Father, with your people throughout the world and across the centuries gathered to make communion, hearing your holy Word and receiving the Precious Body and Blood, I offer you praise and thanksgiving. Even though I am not now able to taste the Bread of Heaven and drink the Cup of Life I pray that you will unite me with all the baptised and with your Son who gave his life for us.
Come Lord Jesus, dwell in me and send your Holy Spirit that I may be filled with your presence.
O Lord and heavenly Father, we your humble servants ask that you mercifully accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly asking you to grant, that by the merits and death of your Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all your whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. Amen.
The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will, working in us that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, be among us and remain with us always. Amen