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John 14:1-14 NLT
14 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.[c] From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.
11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.
14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!
Rev Dr Brice Thomas
Sermon Theme: Peace at Home
Our future is in the hands of Love; the very heart of God. Jesus, as God-in-the-flesh, tells us that we have a place in heaven; in the family of God. He called God “Abba”–an intimate name that a child would call a Parent. God was not distant, but a Parent who loves tenderly, protects faithfully, and wants us to know intimately. Jesus comforted his disciples, who were distressed at the thought of living life without him.
Jesus himself cried out to God in these moments of anxiety. This is the kind of relationship with God that he shares with us. Letting go of our need to control the future, and the anxiety from not knowing what is going to happen, allows God to comfort us. Jesus reminded his disciples, and he reminds us, to trust in God when our hearts are troubled. It is ok to be troubled, but we can also know that even while our minds may be working overtime, our hearts can rest assured in God’s love. Steadfast love is what God gives us, and what we are called to offer each other. In this way, we also are the presence of God, through Christ, so that others may know this comfort.
There is a tradition called the “God Box.” This is not an effort to put “God in a Box” but to engage in the practice of writing down worries and anxiety that feel overwhelming or too big to handle, such as a problem you don’t know what to do about at the moment. Letting go of it for just a while can often help free our minds to discover a new way to look at it. Write something down on a piece of paper that you would like to put in your God Box.
As we move from worship to Zoom for communion and prayer, we will create God Boxes together. Take a decorative container in your home, or re-purpose a small empty box around the house with colored paper, paint, or gift wrap. You could glue small objects to the box - like crafting gems, buttons, or even pieces of broken CDs to make a mirror mosaic. There are lots of photos to spark your imagination on Pinterest!
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