“As we are one, may they be one”
Text: John 17:20-26; Read it here. Seventh Sunday of Easter.
One in love for God and for each other. Before Jesus left his followers for the final time — this time, ascending into heaven — he prayed for us. He begged God to protect us. Jesus warned that the world would hate his followers. But he also promised that our faith in him makes us united with him and with God, father to us all. And so Jesus prayed: “Father, may they be one, as we are one.” Pastor Bill Wong reads the Gospel text.
Today, our entire worship service uses music to praise our Lord and teach of God’s love for us and for all people. So, we offer you here the two readings for the day. However, we have no sermon today. Instead, this audio recording selects music offered by our organist, Walt Strony, at the beginning and end of the worship service.
If you are able to join us on the first Sunday in June each year, you can hear the Peace Choir sing members’ favorite songs. We call it “Sermon in Song” Sunday. We hope you could enjoy it with us in person next year.
Alleluia! I will not leave you orphaned, says the Lord. I am coming to you. Alleluia! — John 14:18
Prayer of the Day: May they be one with you!
O God, form the minds of your faithful people so we become united with your will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise. We ask that, amid all the changes of this world, you keep our hearts fixed where true joy is found. Keep us focused on your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
— Gospel Acclamation and Prayer of the Day adapted from Year C Church Year Calendar, Propers and Daily Lectionary, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2006.