25th November 2018

And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. (John 17:11 NRSV)

Welcome to St Clement’s,

Today is the final Sunday in our church year. Today we’ll be reflecting back on the year past and thanking God for all his blessings to us. It’s also the final sermon in our series on ‘How to give away your faith’.

I hope you’ve seen that giving away our faith, is all about Jesus. About your relationship with Jesus, and being close to him, such that your relationship with Jesus bubbles over to others. Last week Stuart mentioned this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert called ‘The Boy and the Piano’. I hope you have had a chance to see it. It tells a wonderful story as it goes back through snapshots of the life story of Elton John. A life that has bubbled over to others in his music.

Elton John said of the advert ‘The piano has always been a big part of my life. My earliest memories always revolve around music and the piano was always at the centre of family life when I was growing up.’

For us as Christians, our life story should be ‘The Boy/Girl and Jesus’. Many of us can testify ‘Jesus has always been a big part of my life. My earliest memories always revolve around Jesus and Jesus was always at the centre of family life when I was growing up.’ But it’s hard to speak this into the world.

In John 17 we’ll see that Jesus, knowing he was coming back to the Father, prays for his disciples then and us now. He recognises we are in the world, but not of the world, and prays that as we go out into the world to tell others of Jesus, we would be protected, sanctified and united, so that the world may believe in who Jesus is and what he came to do.

What a wonderful prayer, from our wonderful saviour,

Andy