Today’s Passage: John 14:23-29
Opening Prayer: Father God, may this song be our prayer to you this day. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: VERTICAL WORSHIP – Come Holy Spirit: Song Session
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Are You Flying with Me, Jesus? – Sixth Sunday of Easter by Will Willimon, bishop in the United Methodist Church.
In today’s sermon, Will Willimon tells the story of a friend who, at mid-life, decided that he wanted to learn how to fly. Willimon remembers, “He felt growing anxiety in himself as he contemplated that day when he would wave good-bye to his flight instructor and take the plane up by himself.” But when that day came his friend said, “My instructor had taught me so consistently, so repeatedly, so reassuringly, I just knew what I had to do. I could almost hear his voice, as if he were right there in the cockpit with me.” Willimon says, “In a way, I think that’s just how Jesus, the teacher, speaks to us today.” In John 14:23-29, Jesus reminds the disciples and us that a good teacher, the Paraclete, goes with us. Listen as Willimon reminds us that we are never alone in this world.
Closing Song: Francesca Battistelli – Holy Spirit (Official Music Video)
Closing Prayer: Father God, thank you for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. May we be touched in such a way that we will know You are near. May we not miss an opportunity to spend time with You today… and every day of our lives. In the name of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and all to Your glory, I pray. Amen.
Epilogue: Vertical Worship – Spirit of the Living God (Music Video)