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The Farewell Discourse: Receiving & Reflecting the Love of God

John 13:1-15, 34-35

March 10, 2019 • Rev. Adam Feichtmann

To receive love is sometimes more difficult than to give love. This is especially true for many of us in relation to God. Often, we are happy to serve God by giving love to others; however, we have a hard time sitting and letting God love us. Is that true of you? Do you find it difficult to sit and simply let God love you for who you are? Or do you feel like God loves you only if you are serving him? This Sunday is the first Sunday in the season of Lent. During our journey together toward the celebration of Easter, we will begin a new sermon series. We will study Jesus' Farewell Discourse to his disciples in the Upper Room on the night before his crucification, recorded in the Gospel of John chapters 13-17. In chapter 13 Jesus begins his time with the disciples by washing their feet, an act that only the lowliest of servants would perform. Some of the disciples awkwardly let Jesus wash their feet, but Peter won't receive Jesus' love at first. He doesn't want to receive love from someone who is acting like a servant. In preparation for this Sunday, read John 13, meditate and pray through the themes of love, discipleship, and servanthood. If you have extra time, read Jesus' entire Farewell Discourse in John 13-17. This will help you understand Jesus' view of the essence of discipleship, and the parting words he spoke prior to his crucifixion. I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday, as we journey together through this Lenten season. Pastor Adam

More from Lent 2019

Maundy Thursday Homily

John 13:1-10, 12-15, 17 • April 18, 2019 • Rev. Adam Feichtmann

The Return of the King

Matthew 21:1-11 • April 14, 2019 • Rev. Matthew Trexler

Are you ready? Are you prepared to celebrate the most climactic day of the year? Easter is almost here. 9 days and counting! Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent have helped us prepare for the glory and joy of Easter. However for many of us, 46 days is a bit long of a preparation season. When leaving for a trip, we are lucky if we pack a day or two early! This Sunday is Palm Sunday. It marks the beginning of Holy Week, a week specifically dedicated to intensify our preparation for Easter. If you have yet to pack, yet to begin your preparations, may this Sunday be the day that helps you get started. We are honored to have the Rev. Matthew Trexler, the RUF Campus Minister at UCLA, preaching a Palm Sunday sermon from Matthew 21:1-11, Jesus' famous triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. I look forward to worshiping with you, and preparing alongside you for the glory and joy of Easter! Pastor Adam

The Farewell Discourse: Christian Unity

John 17:1-26 • April 7, 2019 • Rev. Josh Eby

Have you ever wondered what Jesus prays for you? At the conclusion of Jesus' Farewell Discourse to his disciples, on the eve of his crucification, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and prayed to his Heavenly Father for his disciples and the forthcoming church. This 26 verse prayer, often titled Jesus' "High Priestly Prayer," is his longest recorded prayer. This Sunday we have the honor of having the Rev. Josh Eby back in town to conclude our Lenten sermon series by preaching on Jesus’ famous prayer recorded in John 17. To best prepare for Sunday's sermon, read and meditate on all 26 verses of John 17. As you do, may you reflect specifically on the key theme of Christian unity. I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday! Pastor Adam