Jesus, speaking to his disciples in the Gospel of John before he is arrested and before his journey to cross and resurrection begins, says, “Abide in me, and I in you.” He tells the disciples to “abide in my love.” In 1847, Henry Francis Lyte wrote a poem as a prayer for God to remain present. This poem became the hymn “Abide With Me.” When we think of the word abide as a people of faith, we think of a deep, personal connection to God through Christ. For 4 Sundays, we have been reflecting on the word abide and the way God abides with us, and we abide with God and one another. Today's text is John 17:6-9. Thank you for joining me through this series to abide in love and worship together!