Good Afternoon Friends,
I trust your week has been filled with opportunities to listen and see God in the world around you and that you have been able to respond out of a place of love and grace. I know this is what I’ve been thinking a lot about recently.
Where are the seeds of God around me, am I able to notice them, tend to them, appreciate them? We had a wonderful time last Sunday with
This Sunday we’re looking at another passage in John continuing our Lenten discussion of “what is the good news?”
Here’s John 12:20–33:
“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 honor.
“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.”
- What word or phrase here captures your attention? (Sit with this awhile, why are you drawn to this, what might God be saying to you through this?).
- What ways do I continue seeking to “save” my life that are destructive to myself, my family, friends, etc?
- When have I been able to lose my self in a way that has brought freedom?
- Where do you hear good news in this passage?
Community gatherings this week:
- Tonight is Soup and Bread, Al will be leading a guided time of prayer. And next Wednesday for Soup and Bread we’ll be going through a Labyrinth, I hope you can join us.
- Thursday night is the class on poverty and the Bible at Good Shepherd Episcopal in Vancouver at 6:30pm. More info on our website. Emily, the girls and I will be there. They are offering childcare.
- This Sunday night is our Convergent Friends Worship at 6:30pm and it is at our meetinghouse.
In Peace and Light,
C. Wess Daniels
Released Minister @ Camas Friends Church
1004 NE 4th Ave, Camas WA 98607
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