Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service 

May 25, 2017

Considering how Jesus sought to express and exemplify unity, I believe his focus remains true for us.  We are inspired to discover a measure of fulfillment not only from within the diversity of a multicultural world, but more importantly, by connecting to God through the Holy Spirit via the heritage we have through Jesus Christ.  Therefore, by his example, we too can pray not only for ourselves, but also for others.  A prayer which considers another before self is a critical first step.

A good example is the 13th century prayer by the Italian Saint, Francis of Assisi:


“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.


“O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”


Pastor Rich Wagner



Dear Friends,

This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon John 17:1-11:

“After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.”         (John 17:1–11, NIV)

Unity is an ideal we sometimes fail to achieve in spectacular ways.  Our world is replete with examples highlighted daily.  In contrast to this, Christ’s passionate prayer serves as a constant reminder to our calling as Christians.  Living in an increasingly technological, information rich, dynamic, dramatic, individualistic yet tribal place, we nonetheless seek to create a home that provides a welcome for all.  It’s a difficult challenge, to say the least.