“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.”
Jesus sends a clear message in today’s reading from the Gospel of John: those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Jesus calls us to deny our own desires so that we may be act in service to the world. We read in the Old Testament reading about how God will write a new covenant in our hearts and our song from the book of Psalms is the famous Psalm 51 where we sing “create in me a clean heart, O God.” This week is all about the ways God works on us from the inside out to form us as God’s people for the sake of the world. In worship this week we share in word, song, and prayer, leaving strengthened to share God’s love with all the world.
A new covenant written on the heart
Create in me a clean heart, O God
Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation
The grain of wheat dying in the earth
We sing this week of the green blade rising out of the earth (in Now the Green Blade Rises), wheat sown in the earth that grows and flowers to bear fruit. In the same way we pray that we could die to ourselves, grow where we are planted, and bear the fruits of God’s love for the sake of the world. We also look to the divine Trinity as the true source of this growth as we sing My Faith Looks Up to Thee.
What are easy ways to deny yourself for the sake of the whole world? What are more the more difficult ways to deny yourself for the sake of the whole world?
How does God renew your heart and create you anew?