w/c 22nd May
Our reading this week is John 17: 1-11
Jesus Prays for Himself and His Followers
17 After Jesus said these things, he looked toward heaven and prayed, “Father, the time has come. Give glory to your Son so that the Son can give glory to you. 2 You gave the Son power over all people so that he could give eternal life to all those you have given to him. 3 And this is eternal life: that people can know you, the only true God, and that they can know Jesus Christ, the one you sent. 4 I finished the work you gave me to do. I brought you glory on earth. 5 And now, Father, give me glory with you. Give me the glory I had with you before the world was made.
6 “You gave me some people from the world. I have shown them what you are like. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me. They have obeyed your teaching. 7 Now they know that everything I have came from you. 8 I told them the words you gave me, and they accepted them. They realized the fact that I came from you and believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them now. I am not praying for the people in the world. But I am praying for these people you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And my glory is seen in them.
11 “Now I am coming to you. I will not stay in the world, but these followers of mine are still in the world. Holy Father, keep them safe by the power of your name—the name you gave me. Then they will be one, just as you and I are one.
Prayer for the week:
Thank you that you made the world and everything in it.
Thank you that despite your power, you still love everyone in the world.
Please help us to take care of your world.
Please help us to be full o love for others.
Please help us to spend time connecting with you.
Song for the week: Dominican Lord's Prayer
Delana visited from Christian Youth Outreach to lead our worship on Monday. She spoke to us about making the right choice and how this can be really difficult sometimes!
Questions to think about at home:
Most people pray, even some who say they are not sure they believe in God. Why do you think this is?
What was the last thing you prayed about?
Who do you pray for? Who prays for you?
How does it feel to think that Jesus prays for you?
Challenge: Pray for someone you care about today. It doesn’t need to be a long prayer or use special words. You can talk to God, like you talk to a friend. You can pray out loud or quietly in your head.