There are too many times lately when it seems like people believe that their own interests and desires are paramount over everything else. Blogger Umair Haque sees the drift to such extremes as sociopathic. There is plenty of evidence to show that people have lost any sense of a shared journey, that we are companions together.
This becomes a matter of direct interest to our congregation as we look to resume in-person worship services on June 7. We need to realize how dependent we are on each other to create as safe an environment as we can. If folks took the same degree of responsibility for others as we must do, then things might be quite different from what we have seen happening.
Paul and Jesus tells us how we are never alone, not left abandoned on our journey.
Paul's speech to the Greek philosophers in the Areopagus in Acts 17 has many noteworthy points. There was a most important one that may have caused a few of the Greeks to take Jesus' gospel seriously. Paul describes how God is close so that God may be sought and discovered, reminding his listeners that "[God] is not far from any one of us." (Acts 17:27)
Jesus continues his Final Discourse as resume where we left off last week.
Here, Jesus describes how the disciples will not be abandoned when Jesus departs. They will receive the Paraclete, the Counselor, who will be with them always.
Jesus goes on to describe the close relationship of Jesus with his Father and his close relationship with us. Indeed we are never alone!
Learn more in the service video below.