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John 17:1-11

When Moses found the burning bush
He was invited to remove his shoes
Holiness said, “Come, approach..
“Your life I wish to use.”

Jesus moves into such a time
In prayer with the Father
And the fact that His disciples were there
Didn’t seem to bother

It’s almost like He wanted them
To observe this intimate prayer
There was something important in knowing
We were invited to be there

To hear the heart of the father
Revealed through the prayer of the Son
That just as the two of them relate
So also we would become One

That we would have life of the Age to Come
And such life would bring God glory
Through knowing God, and His Son Jesus
We’re invited to enter their story

As we’re already known by them
And still Loved as ever before
Here is a moment we should truly
Embrace, and not ignore

Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb
On our behalf, is praying
Through Him all things were made
And in this moment, He’s saying

Everything that was given Him
We have been enabled to believe
To know His Words, and knowing God
His Life we shall receive

If we take a moment and perceive
The foundations that He’s laying
To calm our souls and quiet our voice
We can still hear Him praying…

Colossians 3:12-17

If you’re wondering what to wear today
And celebrated Jesus’ passion
Then what you put on is more about heart
Than what’s the latest fashion.

Compassion means “to suffer with”
And kindness softens words
Humility puts others first
And meekness seeks to serve

Patience lets us bear with Love
Forgive as He’s forgiven
Such Love is what we’re bound together by
And life from which we’re living.

The peace of Christ that rules our hearts
Over all competing Lords
Allows us to be filled with thanks
Making ploughs out of our swords.

When the Word of Christ dwells richly
With gratitude in our hearts
No matter our particular place
We will each contribute our parts

In the chorus of creation
The symphony of praise
And we will find eternity
Is filled with just such days

To do whatever the day invites
In the nature & Love of Christ
Not imagining the power we wield
But honoring His Sacrifice.

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

The bitterness of knowing
His time had come to pass
Sharing a final Passover
He stepped up to the task

By kneeling before each of them
Even his betrayer
To wash their feet as servants do
Even though this seemed unfair

“Not my feet” Peter declared
“But all of me instead.”
Jesus looked at Him with Love
(Though perhaps shook His head.)

As mortar to the bricks of slaves
So my Love fills the gaps
And you will build a Kingdom, freed
To love beyond all maps

The meal started with thankfulness
But turned bitter again
When Jesus said where He was going
They could not come with Him

He would become the spotless lamb
Redeeming every story
And very soon, the Father would
Receive redemptive Glory

Not only new beginnings
But a promised New Creation
As God transformed & flourished in Love
A New and Global Nation

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