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Holy Week – Tuesday Service

Tuesday of Holy Week 7:30pm 7th April 2020

Reflections and Meditations on John 12:20-36

Read John 12:20-22

 

Consider, when the Greeks came to Philip and the disciples went to Jesus, what answer were they expecting?

 

Sing:

 

Open our eyes, Lord, We want to see Jesus,

To reach out and touch Him And say that we love Him.

Open our ears, Lord, And help us to listen.

Open our eyes, Lord, We want to see Jesus.

What do you want to see of Jesus?

This what Jesus said:(John 12: 23-26)

23 Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me

Reflect as you look at the picture of seed on and in the soil.

What parts of your life did you die to when you became a Christian?

What part of your life do you still need to die to?

We need to die to our own self-sufficiency.

Reflect how have recent events made you more aware of this and renewed and/or reinforced your dependency on Jesus?

Dying is difficult, it is soul troubling and shakes us to the core.

Read John 12:27

27 ‘Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour”?

Jesus was troubled too.

BUT……………….

Out of that dying and coming to know Jesus, our vision is clearer, we see new life and a new way of being. It looks like Jesus and His way of being.

 

Dying is not the end but transforming who we are. Reflect on the ways Jesus is transforming you.

 

You could write words on the image of the tree

Read John 12:35-36

Look at the picture of light in the darkness. How can you bring Jesus’ light into the darkness

36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.’ (Jesus said this to His disciples before He died but because of His death on the cross and rising to new life we still have the light.)

When you walk in the light of Jesus you are changed by the light and become children of the light. You will become a mirror that reflects His love and compassion. So be the light of Jesus in this world.

Prayers from the Methodist Prayer Handbook 2013-2014 Light and Hope

Gracious God,

where there is confusion, bring light of understanding;

where there is pain, bring the light of loving care;

where there is fear, bring light of comfort;

where there is hurt and division, bring the light of forgiveness;

where there are endings, bring new hope of beginning;

where there is sadness and regret, bring hope of new possibilities;

where there is brokenness, bring hope of reconciliation;

where there is death, bring hope of resurrection;

for you are the light and our hope. Amen

Lord of all light, in your light, we see light, and in you no darkness at all. In our darkness bring light to our path; in our confusion, give us hope. May your light shine through us to show your way that is love. For the sake of Jesus, the light of the world. Amen.

Margaret Goodman