Each year the Gospel reading for the Seventh Sunday of Easter is taken from Jesus’ great prayer in John 17, the conclusion of his farewell discourse. Jesus invites us into what Raymond Brown describes as a "heavenly family conversation" between himself and God.
This prayer, like Jesus’ other prayers (John 11:41-42 and 12:27-28), is meant to be overheard by us.
For Jesus, unity among his disciples is an instrument of the evangel itself. Presbyterians
have a great evangelical opportunity to show a fractured world that it
is possible for people to disagree and yet remain in