Sunday 9th May 2021

Easter 6

Acts 10: 44-48
John 15: 9-17

Discipleship as Friendship with God

Hymns: Come Down O Love Divine & Great God Your Love

We noted that the context of Jesus words was the upper room, the night before Jesus died. Jesus spoke to his disciples assuring them of his love that they might be prepared for his death as well as their role to be apostles. He compared his love for them with that of his father for him. The Lords love for his disciples is profound indeed.
Jesus urged his disciples to remain in his love and to do so by following his commands. We are to be diligent in our discipleship and aim always to live lives which are pleasing to God. Sure enough, we will at times fall from the mark, but God will forgive us if we seek to please him.
Jesus goes on to speak of the wonderful nature of discipleship. He explains how his people are called to bear fruit. Their influence is to be positive and worthwhile. He explains how his disciples are chosen for joy. There is a joy that comes deep down in one’s heart from faith in Christ and seeking to do his will. Christians are also chosen for love. Jesus commanded his disciples to love one another that the world might know that they are his followers. God loves his people and his people ought to love one another and seek to win the world through loving acts of service. Jesus also explained that his disciples are chosen to be friends. To be a servant of God was seen as being a great privilege. But here Jesus goes much further by saying that his followers are friends. They have a very close relationship with him, in which they are allowed to know his heart, mind and plans.
The reading speaks of Gods great love for us. In it we are urged to love one another and follow the commands of Christ. By doing this we can know true joy and have that friendship with Christ that assures us that we face nothing alone.
We were able to celebrate Holy Communion in both churches today with pre-packaged communion cups with individual wafers & we look forward to moving forward in the months ahead.

Every blessing,

Rev`d Theo Corney