The Seventh Sunday in Easter
Service of Holy Communion
PRESIDER: Rev. James A. Wetzstein, University Pastor
PREACHER: Dr. Fred Niedner, Professor of Theology
It is possible to hear in Jesus’ high priestly prayer, a prayer he offered shortly before his death, the petitions of the ascended Lord for his own throughout history—to our day—and beyond. Jesus prays for us. In holy baptism we become believers in God, have our robes washed in the flood of Christ’s forgiveness, and receive the gift of life forever with all the saints.
O God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Jesus prays that the life of his followers will be characterized by an intimate unity of identity with God. To be so identified with God means also to share in God’s mission: to proclaim the word that will bring others into this same unity.
ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe
in me through their word, 21that 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. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that
they may be one, as we are one, 23I 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. 24Father, 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.
25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I 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.”
Our summer Sunday schedule begins May 22nd. Worship moves to the VU Center for the Arts, with worship in air conditioned Bauer Hall.
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