Pollen Sunday

March 18, 2018

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

5th Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33

Listen here:

Gospel Text:

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

2 Responses to “Pollen Sunday”

  1. Sarah Jane said

    Jody, so sorry I had to miss this past Sunday. Thanks to you and your techy ppl who provide this recording. Beautiful sermon!
    Sarah Jane

  2. jg3potomac said

    This lifelong seasonal allergy sufferer,
    antihistamine addict,
    Acceptor of Ash Wednesday’s stark reminder
    of his dusty origin,
    and (not too diligent) observer of a Holy Lent,
    Your invitation to look anew,
    in lengthening days, through watery eyes,
    at the yellow powder that fuels their flow;
    to consider this annual annoyance as evidence
    of “necessarily” dying seeds,
    that bring flowery beauty,
    and symbolize the impending death on Calvary,
    “Necessary” to the bearing of “much fruit;”
    To heal a broken world.

    Well done.

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