Sunday 17 May 2020

Easter 6 2020 In English and Punjabi

For the children

 Song “He came down that we may have love”

Opening Sentences

The world belongs to God
The earth and all its people
How good and lovely it is
To live together in unity
Love and faith come together
Justice and peace join hands
God open our lips 
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.

Song “How great thou art”

Opening Prayers 

For the things that divides us
Christ forgive us
For our greed that hurts others 
Christ forgive us
For our jealousy of others, our hardness and bitterness
Christ forgive us
For our indifference and apathy
Christ forgive us
For our lust which uses and abuses
Christ forgive us


May God forgive us, Christ renew us and the Spirit enable us to grow 

in love. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer-Nikki

Good News/Birthdays

Song “Peace like a river”

Readings Psalm 66v8-20 read by Roy 
15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [b]Helper, that He may be with you forever;17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 [c]After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

Song "For I’m building a people of power".

John 14v15-21 in Punjabi read by Vic

Song “There is nothing to fear”

Reflection- Truth

Song “He will hold me fast”

Prayers of Intercession led by Claude

Names of people who need prayers

Song "And can it be".

Closing Responses

The Peace of God
Be upon everything our eyes see
Be upon all we hear
Be on our bodies that come from the earth
Be on our souls that come from heaven
For ever and ever. Amen

Zimbabwe blessing

John 14v15-21

In this passage in John, Jesus links truth, keeping his commandments and the Holy Spirit together. Greek's were obsessed with the search for truth. Our society sadly isn’t.  John’s gospel is written probably in about 90AD and in the context of Greek and Roman philosophy and this preoccupation with truth. Pilate asked Jesus what is truth? The Jewish leaders in John's gospel represent the orthodoxy of their day. Their tradition gave them a divine right to say what was right and what was wrong. But it wasn’t truth and Jesus showed them up, which is why they hated him. People don’t like their lies being exposed. Their truth excluded people from God and was about injustice. But God’s truth always leads to empathy for others. Gods Spirit reveals Truth. 

Truth is not what our parents or the government say. When we realise this we start to grow up, to individuate. The truth of our society is a post Christian capitalist ethic devoid of spiritual roots. It is not truth, but false truth. Truth is not materialism or the Party line or what the status quo of Britain thinks.

Truth is not academic research. Scientific truth can change. 

Truth is not necessarily found in religious rites and doctrines, although God may pop up occasionally.

People can be seduced into false truths with devastating consequences. Look at Fascism and Communism. They are literally deadly. Be careful. Fascism is creeping on us today. There are voices that are not speaking the Truth. Test what leaders are saying against the words of Jesus. 

Some people don’t bother with truth. They just bumble on through life and manage to avoid asking serious questions even in the face of crisis. Truth can be very divisive, frightening. People often cover it up. Some people today do not believe that COVID 19 can kill them or their loved ones. 

But truth has a habit of popping up, like God. Like Jesus. You can’t suffocate or bury the truth. 

Jesus says that he himself is the truth. He embodied the truth. Not Christian doctrine or rites, but Jesus himself. Religions often supplant the truth, undermine it. We as Christians are not about religion but about following Jesus. We are called to embody truth even when those around us abandon it. Even when the Truth is mocked. Despised. 
And the way we access this truth is by keeping "in" with Jesus, with God, because they are the same, listening to Gods voice within us. Read the gospel texts, the words of Jesus. 

We speak the truth, live the truth. Because we are the people of God, the followers of Jesus. My sheep hear my voice. God’s truth heals you, in your mind and body. This is Shalom. This is what salvation is about. Wholeness. The truth really does set us free. Amen

ਜੌਹਨ 14v15-21

ਯੂਹੰਨਾ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਹਵਾਲੇ ਵਿਚਯਿਸੂ ਸੱਚਾਈ ਨੂੰ ਜੋੜਦਾ ਹੈਆਪਣੇ ਆਦੇਸ਼ਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਪਵਿੱਤਰ ਆਤਮਾ ਨੂੰ ਇਕਠੇ ਰੱਖਦਾ ਹੈਯੂਨਾਨ ਦੇ ਲੋਕ ਸੱਚਾਈਦੀ ਭਾਲ ਵਿਚ ਸਨ ਸਾਡਾ ਸਮਾਜ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈਯੂਹੰਨਾ ਦੀ ਖੁਸ਼ਖਬਰੀ ਸ਼ਾਇਦ ਲਗਭਗ 90  ਡੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਤੇ ਯੂਨਾਨ ਅਤੇ ਰੋਮਨ ਦੇ ਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਦੇਪ੍ਰਸੰਗ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਤੇ ਸੱਚ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਇਸ ਪ੍ਰਵਿਰਤੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਖੀ ਗਈ ਹੈ ਪਿਲਾਤੁਸ ਨੇ ਯਿਸੂ ਨੂੰ ਪੁੱਛਿਆ ਸੱਚ ਕੀ ਹੈਯੂਹੰਨਾ ਦੀ ਖੁਸ਼ਖਬਰੀ ਵਿਚਲੇਯਹੂਦੀ ਆਗੂ ਆਪਣੇ ਸਮੇਂ ਦੇ ਕੱਟੜਪੰਥੀ ਨੂੰ ਦਰਸਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਨਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਪਰੰਪਰਾ ਨੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਅਧਿਕਾਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਸਹੀ ਅਤੇ ਕੀਗ਼ਲਤ ਸੀਪਰ ਇਹ ਸੱਚਾਈ ਨਹੀਂ ਸੀ ਅਤੇ ਯਿਸੂ ਨੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਦਿਖਾਇਆ ਜਿਸ ਕਰਕੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਉਸ ਨਾਲ ਨਫ਼ਰਤ ਕੀਤੀਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਸੱਚਾਈ ਨੇਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਰੱਬ ਤੋਂ ਵੱਖ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਸੀ ਅਤੇ ਬੇਇਨਸਾਫੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਸੀਪਰ ਰੱਬ ਦਾ ਸੱਚ ਹਮੇਸ਼ਾ ਦੂਜਿਆਂ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਹਮਦਰਦੀ ਵੱਲ ਖੜਦਾ ਹੈ.

ਸੱਚ ਉਹ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਜੋ ਸਾਡੇ ਮਾਪੇ ਜਾਂ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਕਹਿੰਦੇ ਹਨਜਦੋਂ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਇਸ ਦਾ ਅਹਿਸਾਸ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਅਸੀਂ ਵਿਕਸਤ ਹੋਣ ਲਈਵੱਡੇ ਹੋਣਾ ਸ਼ੁਰੂਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂਸਾਡੇ ਸਮਾਜ ਦੀ ਸਚਾਈ ਇੱਕ ਪੋਸਟ ਈਸਾਈ ਪੂੰਜੀਵਾਦੀ ਨੈਤਿਕਤਾ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਰੂਹਾਨੀ ਜੜ੍ਹਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਖਾਲੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈਇਹ ਸੱਚ ਨਹੀਂ ਬਲਕਿਝੂਠੀ ਸੱਚਾਈ ਹੈਸੱਚਾਈ ਪਦਾਰਥਵਾਦ ਜਾਂ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਲਾਈਨ ਜਾਂ ਉਪਨਗਰੀਏ ਬ੍ਰਿਟੇਨ ਦੀ ਸਥਿਤੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਕੀ ਸੋਚਦੀ ਹੈ.

ਸੱਚ ਅਕਾਦਮਿਕ ਖੋਜ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈਵਿਗਿਆਨਕ ਸੱਚਾਈ ਬਦਲ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ.

ਸੱਚਾਈ ਇਹ ਜ਼ਰੂਰੀ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਰੀਤੀ ਰਿਵਾਜਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਸਿਧਾਂਤਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਨਹੀਂ ਮਿਲਦੀਹਾਲਾਂਕਿ ਰੱਬ ਕਦੇ-ਕਦਾਈਂ  ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ.

ਲੋਕ ਭਿਆਨਕ ਸਿੱਟੇ ਭੁਗਤਣ ਵਾਲੀਆਂ ਝੂਠੀਆਂ ਸੱਚਾਈਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਫਸ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਨਫਾਸੀਵਾਦ ਅਤੇ ਕਮਿ Communਨਿਜ਼ਮ ਵੱਲ ਦੇਖੋਉਹਸ਼ਾਬਦਿਕ ਘਾਤਕ ਹਨਉਹ ਵਿਚਾਰਧਾਰਾਵਾਂ ਹਨ ਜੋ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਮਾਰ ਦੇਣਗੀਆਂਧਿਆਨ ਰੱਖੋਅੱਜ ਸਾਡੇ ਉੱਤੇ ਫਾਸੀਵਾਦ ਘੁੰਮ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈਪਰਖੋਕਿ ਆਗੂ ਯਿਸੂ ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦਾਂ ਦੇ ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਕੀ ਕਹਿ ਰਹੇ ਹਨਕੀ ਉਹ ਸੱਚ ਬੋਲ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ?

ਕੁਝ ਲੋਕ ਸਚਾਈ ਨਾਲ ਪਰੇਸ਼ਾਨ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਉਹ ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ ਭਰ ਭੁੱਲ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਸੰਕਟ ਦੇ ਸਮੇਂ ਵੀ ਗੰਭੀਰ ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਨ ਪੁੱਛਣ ਤੋਂ ਪਰਹੇਜ਼ ਕਰਦੇਹਨਸੱਚ ਫੁੱਟ ਪਾਉਣ ਵਾਲਾਡਰਾਉਣਾ ਹੋ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈਲੋਕ ਅਕਸਰ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ coverੱਕ ਲੈਂਦੇ ਹਨਅੱਜ ਕੁਝ ਲੋਕ ਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ ਕਿਕੋਵੀਡ 19 ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਜਾਂ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਅਜ਼ੀਜ਼ਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਮਾਰ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ.

ਪਰ ਸੱਚ ਨੂੰ ਰੱਬ ਵਾਂਗ ਭਟਕਣ ਦੀ ਆਦਤ ਹੈਯਿਸੂ ਵਾਂਗ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਸੱਚ ਨੂੰ ਦਮ ਤੋੜ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਕਦੇ ਜਾਂ ਦਫ਼ਨਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਕਦੇ.

ਯਿਸੂ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਖੁਦ ਸੱਚਾਈ ਹੈਉਸਨੇ ਸੱਚਾਈ ਨੂੰ ਦਰਸਾਇਆਨਾ ਈਸਾਈ ਉਪਦੇਸ਼ ਜਾਂ ਸੰਸਕਾਰਪਰ ਯਿਸੂ ਨੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਨੂੰਧਰਮ ਅਕਸਰ ਸੱਚ ਦੀ ਪੂਰਤੀ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨਇਸਨੂੰ ਕਮਜ਼ੋਰ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨਅਸੀਂ ਮਸੀਹੀ ਹੋਣ ਦੇ ਨਾਤੇ ਧਰਮ ਬਾਰੇ ਨਹੀਂਪਰ ਯਿਸੂ ਦੇ ਮਗਰਚੱਲਣ ਬਾਰੇ ਹਾਂ.
ਅਤੇ ਜਿਸ ਤਰੀਕੇ ਨਾਲ ਅਸੀਂ ਇਸ ਸੱਚਾਈ ਤੱਕ ਪਹੁੰਚਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਉਹ ਯਿਸੂ ਦੇ ਨਾਲਪ੍ਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਦੇ ਵਿੱਚ "ਰੱਖਣਦੁਆਰਾ ਹੈਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਉਹ ਇਕੋਹਨਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਬੋਲਣ ਦੁਆਰਾਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਕਰਨ ਦੁਆਰਾਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਆਪਣੀ ਜਿੰਦਗੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਜੀਉਂਦੇ ਰਹਿਣ ਦੁਆਰਾਇਹ ਚੇਲਾਪਣ ਹੈਮੇਰੀਆਂ ਭੇਡਾਂਮੇਰੀ ਅਵਾਜ਼ ਸੁਣਦੀਆਂ ਹਨਜਿਵੇਂ ਕਿ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਪ੍ਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਦੇ ਸੱਚ ਨੂੰ ਜਜ਼ਬ ਕਰਦੇ ਹੋ ਇਹ ਤੁਹਾਡੇਦਿਮਾਗ ਅਤੇ ਸਰੀਰ ਨੂੰ ਚੰਗਾ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈਇਹਸ਼ਲੋਮ ਹੈਇਹ ਮੁਕਤੀ ਹੈਸੱਚਾਈ ਸੱਚਮੁੱਚ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਅਜ਼ਾਦ ਕਰਦੀ ਹੈਆਮੀਨ



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