The 5th Sunday of Lent: 18 Mar – John 12:20-33 ~ loving, losing, and living

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

In our hearts, O God, You have written a covenant of grace, sealed by the obedience of Jesus Your Son. Raise us up with Christ, the grain fallen to earth that yields a harvest of everlasting life. Enable us to glorify Your name by following faithfully where He has led. We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, holy and mighty God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Be Thou My Vision” – Robin Mark


Gospel Reading: John 12:20-33 (NLT)

Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.” Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.

Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.

“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.”

Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.” When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him.

Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine. The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” He said this to indicate how he was going to die.

Prayers of Intercession:

God of mercy and compassion: give us the obedient heart of Jesus, and calm our troubled souls as we pray –

+ For all who are preparing for baptism, that they might become followers Jesus….
+ For all who are followers of Jesus, that we may grow in obedience….
+ For all persecuted followers of Jesus, that they may bring glory to His name….
+ For the Jewish people, that a remnant may continue in faithfulness to the Scriptures….
+ For the hungry and destitute around us, that their bodies and souls may be nourished….
+ For the sick and lonely around us, that they may be healed and comforted….
+ For those who have died in Christ, that they may be raised with Him to glory….

God of mercy and compassion: give us the obedient heart of Jesus and hear our prayers, we ask in His name. Amen.

“Matisyahu’s One Day” – Yeshiva University Maccabeats


Blessing – Jude 24-25

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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