Wednesday, April 16, 2014

preparing betrayal

Good afternoon friends,
I want to remind you of some great Holy Week worship opportunities. First up, Thursday starting at 6 will have a potluck supper at Laurelton (335 Helendale Rd) followed by worship remembering Jesus' last supper with his disciples. Friday we will take part in the ecumenical Good Friday Solidarity Cross Walk starting at 9 am at Pentecostal Miracle Deliverance Church, 923 Portland Avenue Rochester. At noon we'll have a simple Good Friday service at Calvary St. Andrews (68 Ashland St.). Sunday we'll have a sunrise service at Durand Eastman (Lakeshore Blvd. Parking area B) at 6 am, then worship with both church choirs at 9 (Laurelton) and 11 (Calvary). It's going to be a full week with the lows of the cross and the high of resurrection all represented.

Our story of Christ's last supper continues. There's this beautiful weaving together of sorrow and love, that reflects life itself.

God bless,

John 13:21-38

21After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.”22The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; 24Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot.27After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” 28Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

36Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” 37Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

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