It was good to be together today via Zoom and “see” everyone! Joann Boswell led us in a couple songs, Susan Jordan facilitated our prayer time, Gina Woolbright read scripture, and Matt shared some thoughts on a potentially challenging moment for Jesus after his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, a moment he navigates (at least in Matt’s expansion of the text) through deep breathing that centers him, focuses him, and prepares him for the dark days ahead.
Note: Due to technical difficulties, we have no video sermon. Just an old timey audio one!
John 12:20-33 (NRSV):
20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 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. 25 Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
27 “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. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
How do I feel challenged or inspired by what Jesus says and does here?
Where do I need to affirm my boundaries or limits?
While some “clinging” may be good, to what am I too tightly clinging?
What difficult thing am I being called to face (rather than avoid)?
What affirming truth is God speaking to me right now?