2018-19 RCL-C Seventh Sunday of Easter
Additional Resources for Proclamation & Preaching
Easter 07: June 2, 2019 • Gospel Text: John 17:20-26
Pray For The Living And The Dead
Proclamation for Today
by Rev. Dr. Clint Schnekloth
The conclusion of Christ’s High Priestly Prayer is one of the most exemplary prayers in all of Scripture. It teaches us how to pray in many ways.
It prays expansively, both for those currently with Jesus, and all those in the future who will believe in Jesus.
It speaks intimately to the Father, articulated with profound trust and love.
It makes the “just-as” connection so prevalent in this gospel. The greek word is “kathos,” and indicates an immediacy, a correlation, between two things. In this case, the “just as” is Jesus and the Father sharing life with us (or all those for whom Jesus prays) in the same way they share life with each other.
So too the prayer prays for and extends glory, something many of us forget in our more pedestrian and needy moments of prayer.
It is a prayer for unity, not unity at the expense of difference, but unity precisely in the beauty of Trinity, of abiding relationship between the Creator and the created.
It is a prayer for salvation, that all those for whom Christ prays might be with Christ, and share life with him.
It is a prayer that spans time and the cosmos, extending back to time before time, and out into the world beyond worlds.
It is a prayer that raises awareness, precisely by speaking to the Father in such a way that it pedagogically does what it says, making known by making known.
It focuses on the name. So much of prayer is about the name and names of God. Christ rejoices in making God’s name known among those who hear the prayer.
It is in the end about love. It shares love all around, and extends that love so profoundly, so selflessly, that it shares self itself in the act of love.
This could be an excellent Sunday to model theological prayer in the sermon itself, in which case preachers might write a long-form prayer that is a sermon, and pray it as the sermon. Or at the very least, include a series of prayers in the sermon, punctuating proclamation with petitions, and especially petitions for the living and the dead and their unity in Christ and the Trinity.
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Historical Exegetical Resources
From the Geneva Notes
His Glory Given to Us, from The Poor Man's Portions, Robert Hawker, c. 1800
Letters of Catherine Benincasa by Saint of Siena Catherine - Free Ebook Project Gutenberg
"For Us!" David Lose, in the meantime, 2016.
"Graceful Unity," Glenn Monson, Law & Gospel Everywhere, 2016
"A Purpose-Filled Prayer," D Mark Davis, Left Behind and Loving It, 2013
"What about the Mystical Union?" Russell Rathbun, The Hardest Question, 2013
"One with the Father and the Son," Rev. Bryan Findlayson
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The Once and Future King
Commentary and retelling of Arthurian legend. Classical work. T. H. White’s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.
TED Talk (Theme: Getting Along and Listening Better to Others)
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Dramatic Reading of the Text
Reader: Jesus 1, Jesus 2
Jesus 1: “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
Jesus 2: The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Jesus 1: Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Jesus 2: Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”