15th September - John 13:1-17

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15 September, 2019Rev Glenn Mulcahy

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

Here’s what happens…

Jesus washes his disciples’ feet. Although Peter protests at first, he lets Jesus wash his feet. This is a lowly job, and yet Jesus does it. He tells his disciples to follow his example and serve others.

Talk About…

  • Put yourself in the disciples shoes, how do you think you would have reacted? If you were Peter? Judas?
  • In your life, who is one person who has demonstrated what it means to “wash feet” as Jesus did? What did they do?
  • What do you find easy about serving as Jesus shows? What do you find hard?
  • What does Jesus know that the disciples don’t (v1, 3, 11)?
  • While Peter is taking the washing of his feet literally, what do you think Jesus meant by his statement in verse 8? Verse 10?
  • What new meaning would these statements take on after Jesus’ death and resurrection?
  • What are your key learnings from this passage today?
  • How will you put Jesus’ teaching in to practice in at least one of your relationships this week?


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- How would you describe love? 

- What are some of the things that you love?

- Why do you think Jesus says that loving God and loving others is the greatest commandment?

- What do you think it means to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

- Should you love yourself?

- How do you love your neighbour as yourself?

- How does exalt connect to loving God for you?

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Prayer of praise and adoration

We praise you, O God, for being not only the God of history but the God of our story. You have gathered us here today to remind us that although you are the one to whom all power belongs, yet you care for the weak and powerless. You care for us. We praise you for joining your story to ours in such a special way through Jesus, our Lord. He proved his great love for you and for each person in the way he lived - releasing what was captive, lifting up the burdened, empowering the powerless.

God, source of loving kindness and strength, we worship you.

Jesus, foundation of our faith, we worship you.

Holy Spirit, ground of our very being, we worship you. Amen

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Jesus said that the first commandment was this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart all your soul, all your mind and all your strength, and the second commandment is this “You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these”

We hear what you are saying to us, Lord, but it is not easy in today’s society. Worshipping position and status, power and wealth seem to be the first commandments of life these days, and when we are so busy achieving these it doesn’t leave much time to care for, let alone love, our neighbour.

Help us to re-order our priorities, Lord, so that they are more in tune with yours.

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Jesus: Saviour and Lord, we confess that there are times when the pattern of our daily lives is modelled on other than worshipping God and caring for neighbour. All we seem to be creating is a feel-good, self-serving approach to life rather than your costly, self-emptying, servanthood lifestyle;

Lord, reconnect us to the desire to live out your commandments of love.

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Jesus: Redeemer and Friend, your acts of caring and love, mercy and justice delivered people from lives dominated by injustice and corruption. We confess that when ‘economic rationalism’ rules the lives of people today, competition replaces compassion, ruthlessness replaces forgiveness, and wounding replaces healing. Yet, in the midst of all this you command us not only to love God wholeheartedly, and to love our neighbour likewise, you command us also to love one another as you love us.

Lord, stir us into action so that the signs of your powerful love are visible in and through us.

A short silence to reflect on these words

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS:

Jesus truly demonstrated his love for all as he rescued us from lives dominated by evil and sin by his acts of mercy and justice, his suffering and death. Hear then the good Thanks be to God!

© Rev Dr Moira Laidlaw. Used with permission

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- Do you think you have you experienced the Holy Spirit. What does that look like?

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Pentecost Prayer

God of the Spirit,

when we are feeling fragile and frightened,

bewildered and confused,

in places that are unfamiliar to us,

send your Spirit into our hearts,

so that we may know

peace and hope today.

God of the Spirit,

when we are overwhelmed with joy,

and carried away with our enthusiasm,

when we believe that

all things are possible,

send your Spirit into our hearts

so that we might make wise choices

for your kingdom.

God of the Spirit,

when we begin to recognise

that our church is bigger

than our congregation,

that your kingdom expands beyond

the limits of our town and city,

send your Spirit into our hearts

that we might work in unity

with all God’s people.

God of the Spirit,

when the world sees the church in action,

and is astounded by our ability

to serve with a smile,

or when those doubters and confounders

of God’s holy truth

are confronted with our holy joy,

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Prayer of Thanksgiving and Confession

Powerful God,

when your words rock the foundations of our world,

and joyful hymns of praise spill forth from our mouths,

and the Good News of Jesus is heard in our streets,

homes and churches where we live, then your will is done.

When we stop hiding behind our church walls,

and are seen living out our faith each day,

when we make the Gospel known by our lives of prayers,

and acts of Christ-like service, then your will is done.

When we offer thanks and praise for all that you do in our lives,

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then your will is done.

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the broken promises to you and others, then we know that your will is done.

When we are able to admit the times that we are wrong,

and to look at new ways of living and doing.

When we can confront our own prejudice and hatred,

then we know that your will is done.

When we rely on your strength alone, and trust in your promises in our life,

when we can see you in the midst of adversity

and experience your hope in our sadness, then we know that your will is done.

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recognise the diversity of the world in which we live,

and drop the judgmental attitude of pharisaic holiness,

then we know that your will is done.

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and our willingness to display love outshines our selfishness,

then we know that your will is done,

and the world will also know that you are a powerful God.

Material adapted from Spill the Beans, Issue 7 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team [www.spillbeans.org.uk](http://www.spillbeans.org.uk/)

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