John 14:23-29 – The Advocate Will Teach You Everything and Remind You

John 14:23-29

23Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Bring your attention to the Breath.
  • The Breath is sent to you.
  • Hear Christ say, “My peace I leave with you.”
  • Hear Christ say,  “My peace I give to you.”
  • Hear the Breath say, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
  • Hear the Breath say, “Do not let them be afraid.”
  • Notice how the Breath desires to come to you.
  • Sit in the peace of the Breath.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received. Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, May 26, the Sixth Sunday of Easter Year C

Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67:1-7
Revelation 21:10, 21:22-22:5
John 14:23-29
John 5:1-9

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD.

 

John 20:19-23 – Receive the Holy Spirit and forgive

John 20:19-23

19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • As you breathe, receive the Holy Spirit.
  • Peace be with you.
  • As you breathe, feel the joy that arises when you see Jesus.
  • Peace be with you.
  • As you breathe, feel the joy that arises when you hear Jesus.
  • Peace be with you.
  • Receive the breath of Jesus.  Notice the peace within you as you receive the breath.
  • Notice how your breath is entwined with the breath the breath of the Holy Spirit.
  • Notice how your breath is entwined with creation.
  • Breathe and savor the peace of Christ.
  • In this place of peace, notice the forgiveness you have for your neighbor, for the world, for yourself.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 4, 2017, the Day of Pentecost (Year A)

Acts 2:1-21
Numbers 11:24-30
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

John 20:19-23
John 7:37-39

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD