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Sermon for Seventh Sunday in Easter 2019

June 2, 2019

Acts 16:16-34          Psalms 97            Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

John 17:20-26

 

     A speech therapist was working with a pre-schooler on body-part identification and the ‘k’ sound.  At the end of the session, she had him make a sculpture of her out of Play-Doh.  Trying to get him to repeat the word, she asked him, “Is this my neck?”  He said, “No, that’s your chin.”  He added more Play-Doh.  “Is that my neck? she asked.  “No, that’s your other chin.”

     The long reading from Acts is the account of Paul and Silas in prison for driving a spirit out of the slave girl.  The account of the jailer’s conversion shows how the faith is spread through actions as well as the words of the disciples.  Part of today’s psalm responds to the kind of trouble experienced by Paul and Silas.  The psalm affirms that God preserves the saints and delivers them from the wicked.  As a whole, it is a song celebrating the enthronement of the Lord and continues the theme of Ascension Day, celebrated on Thursday.  The second reading, an anticipation of the return of Jesus, continues with Jesus’ ruling on high.  The Gospel reading is the last part of the High Priestly prayer of Jesus.  In it, he petitions for all who will come to believe, “that they may all be one.”

     Jesus draws his prayer to a close by returning to the theme of unity among his followers.  We don’t know if division threatened John’s commun