Fifth Sunday in Lent
Week of: March 18, 2018
Scripture: John 12:20-33
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
(John 12:26, NIV)
Each week during the season of Lent 2018, the Reflections will explore the lectionary text through the lens of a representative hymn.
"I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light,"
United Methodist Hymnal 206. Text and tune by Kathleen Thomerson (1966).
The title, "I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light," references verses that immediately follow this scripture as well as Matthew 18:2-4, as Jesus reminds us to be as little children. An image of God as Creator and Mediator follows each “I want” statement in the first two stanzas. The third stanza moves to the eschatological concept of life eternal with Jesus. Note the refrain moves from the “I” statements to the declaration of who God is, quoting Revelation. Finally, the last line in the refrain is a prayer.
In our 2018 Lenten journey, the image of light amidst the shadows calls us to become children of the Light so that the darkness will not overwhelm us. In your time of confession, ask God to reveal ways you are walking in the shadows, so you may then remember you are to walk in the light “as he himself is in the light.”
Consider lighting a large candle as you lead your closing prayers with each of your ensembles, religious arts participants, and other worship teams. Invite them into a time of silent prayer as they confess the places in their lives they have forgotten to “walk” as children of the Light. You could also give them a small tea candle to take home and light as a part of their evening prayers.
Dear Jesus, Lamb and Light of the city of God, shine in my heart. Amen.
Director of Music Ministries
St. John's United Methodist Church