Key Text

John 14:8-17

Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."

Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.

Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

cited from the NRSV

Image of the week

June 2, 2005

The Trinity - Pieter Coecke van Aelst

The Trinity
Pieter Coecke van Aelst
Flemish Painter
(b 1502 Aelst d 1556 Bruxelles)

For the previous image (12 May, 2005), click here.


Present Context

For Reflection

In thinking about community, we are often engaged with concepts and ideas from the logical mind: What does it mean to be community? How can we develop community or deepen community?

Such questions are helpful and important. But they are not the only way to reflect. Try the following questions:

What is the colour of community?

What does community smell like?

What does it taste like?

What does community feel like?

Community is more than a theoretical concept. Like faith it is a lived experience which touches every part of our being. How do we imagine it?


We know that you created us for others - for community, our God. We thank you for its many aspects and experiences, and ask that you might stir our creativity that the expression of community might reflect the fullness of the expression of yourself in this world.