“Fruits of Joy” (John 16:13-24; Galatians 5:22) Sunday May 14, 2017

Call to Worship   

 

L:         God has planted within and among us the seed of the gospel.

 

P:         And through baptism and the Holy Spirit irrigated it with living waters.

 

L:         Parents and family, teachers and friends, pastors, counselors, and churches have each cultivated us.

 

P:         Yet it was always God who gave the growth!

 

U:        May the fruit of joy ripen among us and be shared so others taste and see that the Lord is good!

Scripture (John 16:13-24; Galatians 5:22) 

Our first reading comes from the good news according to John. 

 

And Jesus said,         

13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
16”A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.”
17Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”
 18They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.”
19Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’?
 20Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.
21When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world.
22So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
23On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.
 24Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

Our second reading comes from the letter to the Galatians.

22The fruit of the Spirit is joy.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our  understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Fruits of Joy” (John 16:13-24; Galatians 5:22) Sunday May 14, 2017

“Fruits of Joy”

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