“Experiencing God’s Empowering Presence” (John 14:16-26) Sunday Sept 3, 2016
Call to Worship
L: O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
P: Even before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely!
L: Where can I go from your Spirit or flee from your presence?
P: If I ascend to heaven or make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
U: Search us, O God, and know our heart; lead us in the everlasting way!
Our reading comes from the good news according to John.
Jesus said to the disciples,
16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.
17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
18”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.
19In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.
20On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
22Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”
23Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25”I have said these things to you while I am still with you.
26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Experiencing God’s Empowering Presence” (John 14:16-26) Sunday Sept 3, 2016