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Sunday 19th May,2015 Bulletin insert Mother’s Day Sacrificial Love

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sunday 10th May 2015

Mothers’ Day: Sacrificial Love –  John 15:9-17


by Rev Alan Shaw

10th may

Today as we celebrate those significant mother figures who have nurtured us through life, our readings remind us of Jesus’ offer of nurture and friendship as a means to know God’s love, our ultimate parent figure.

Were his disciples comforted or reassured by Jesus calling them ‘friends’?

Friendship in the first century Mediterranean world meant much more than warm feelings and good times. Friendship held great obligation and responsibility. In calling them friends Jesus tried to show the disciples what their relationship with God could also become. Not only were the disciples loved as a parent loves a child – unconditionally; they were regarded as friends – not as children, or servants, but as chosen ones who could be trusted and relied on.

As his modern disciples we too can count Jesus as our friend. To be a true friend is to show we care deeply about another’s welfare without counting personal cost. To think of Jesus as a friend means that we can look for and find Jesus in our human friendships. We can catch glimpses of Jesus’ face and God’s in our day to day encounters with others – if only we recognise them.

To be a friend of Jesus also means that we have the perfect model of friendship. To live out Jesus’ command to love one another as he loves us challenges us to be intentional about our relationships, and our motives.

We are called to follow Jesus’ lead in breaking down barriers by reaching beyond ourselves to those in need. Good friends are truly a treasure, and in Jesus’ friendship we have the greatest treasure of all. Thanks be to God!


Mothers’ Day: Sunday 13th May 2012


John 15: 9-17 Jesus chooses us as friends
Jesus said:  “9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”


Acts 10:44-48     Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

44 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God.

Then Peter said, 47‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ 48So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

1 John 5: 1-12     Faith Conquers the World

1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, 4for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. 5Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  6 This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. 7There are three that testify: 8the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. 9If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have “the Son of God does not have life.