Midweek Devotion 7/4/22

St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

Midweek Devotion 7th April 2022

Led by Rev Douglas A O Nicol

The Psalmist wrote:

‘Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgements he has uttered, O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the Lord our God; his judgements are in all the earth. He is mindful of his covenant for ever, of the word that he commanded for a thousand generations. (Psalm 105: 4/9)

Let us worship God.

Scripture Reading

The Gospel according to St. John 12: 20-26:

‘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 honour.’

Reflection

We have now reached the final days of Jesus’ public teaching in Jerusalem, and the arrival of the seeking Greeks brings Jesus face to face with His destiny. He recognises that the time has come for Him to buy life for humanity with His own death on the Cross of Calvary.

When Jesus uses the expression ‘those who hate their life in this world’ it is not Him advocating that His followers should have a death-wish. Rather He is suggesting that love for Him and concern for eternal things must far outweigh all selfish, material concerns.

The theme of commitment comes strongly through our Gospel reading – firstly, we learn again of Jesus’ commitment to endure a painful death for the salvation of all who trust in Him, and secondly, we are reminded of our need for commitment as we seek to follow the Christian way day by day.

The hymn-writer Isaac Watts puts it this way:

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See! From his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down;
did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.  

Prayer

Let us pray:

Lord,
support us all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shadows lengthen
and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed,
the fever of life is over,
and our work done.

Then, Lord, in your mercy,
grant us safe lodging,
a holy rest,
and peace at the last;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


We commend to your generous goodness
all those who are in any way
afflicted and distressed,
remembering especially today all Ukrainians.

  • for all suffering in Ukraine
  • for all refugees who have left home and family
  • for all mourning the loss of loved ones
  • for all living abroad who are concerned for relatives.

We pray now for all seeking to offer humanitarian aid, and all working for peace …
that an end to the invasion of Ukraine would come swiftly.

We remember before You those we love the most whether at home or abroad, and we
ask that they might know of Your peace, joy, and love in full measure.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Benediction

The guarding of the God of life be on you,
the guarding of the loving Christ be on you,
the guarding of the Holy Spirit be on you to aid you
and enfold you each day and night of your lives.
Amen.

Organ Music

Johannes Brahms O Gott, du frommer Gott