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That They May Be One


John 17.20-26

Easter 6C, May 29, 2022

Theme: Unity


This Sunday is the day before Memorial Day in the United States. During our worship service we will be taking time to remember those who have paid the ultimate gift of their lives preserving the principles and values described in the US Constitution. Most of these individuals lost their lives during war.


Some of them were my friends.



Some of their families are and have been under my pastoral care.


This is not a time to celebrate or glorify war, rather it is a time to mourn.


We can mourn for the loss of loved ones.


Those of us who served beside those lost will remember the horrible moments….


All of us can share the grief.


We can meditate on how humanity can find ways to avoid wars of the future.

The scripture text for this Sunday is a prayer written in the Gospel of John. The author writes of Jesus praying to God, his Father.


In the prayer he petitions God: “on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”


If we are one, then divisions which result in violence will be no more. It means Jesus was praying that humanity can find non-violent ways to settle disputes.

In other words, peace.


Wouldn’t that be great?!?


Worship with us in person at 10:30 AM as we will be meditating on our praise as we receive praise from God. The service will also be streamed live on the internet -- (https://fccmaryville.com) or on the church’s home Facebook page. If you miss the live stream, a recorded session is also available to view at your convenience.

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