Prayers for Holy Wednesday

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Holy Wednesday, April 7, 2020

 Morning Prayer

Opening Verse

Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!

But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay! Psalm 70:4-5

Call to Worship

We’re thirsty… for living water.

We’re hungry… for the bread of life.

We’re searching… for truth that sets us free.

We’re listening… for words that lead to life.

We’re longing… for peace that is beyond our understanding.

Song of Praise- All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name https://youtu.be/gpTVriIF0CU

All hail the power of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall;

bring forth the royal diadem,  and crown him Lord of all;

bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all!

Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget the wormwood and the gall,

go spread your trophies at his feet, and crown him Lord of all;

go spread your trophies at his feet, and crown him Lord of all;

 

Let every kindred, every tribe on this terrestrial ball,

to him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all;

to him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all!

 

O that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall!

We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all;

we’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all!

 

Litany of Thanksgiving

Lift up your hearts… we lift them up to the Lord.

For the goodness of this day and this hour… we thank the Lord.

For the Spirit within us and among us… we thank the Lord.

For the gift of grace and the message of salvation… we thank the Lord.

For the Church, past and present… we thank the Lord.

For the love made real through those around us… we thank the Lord.

Lift up your hearts… we lift them up to the Lord.

(silent prayers of gratitude)

For all these gifts, now and always… we thank the Lord.

 

Gospel Reading for Wednesday Holy Week- John 13:21-32

 

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.

Reflection

“Prayer is the light of the soul, giving us true knowledge of God. It is a link mediating between God and man. By prayer the soul is borne up to heaven and in a marvelous way embraces the Lord. This meeting is like that of an infant crying on its mother, and seeking the best of milk. The soul longs for its own needs and what it receives is better than anything to be seen in the world. “    St. John Chrysostom, Homily 6 on Prayer

Benediction

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this day, and give your angles charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

 

 

Evening Prayers

 

Opening Prayer(to meditate in silence and prepare your heart for prayer)

 

“O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me.”

Call to Worship and Invocation Prayer

O come, let us sing to the LORD;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the LORD is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land,

which his hands have formed.

O come, let us worship and bow down,

let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! (Psalm 95)

Holy God, speak to us,

That we might hear the good news,

And trust our lives into your hands and keeping.

May we be present now, even as you are present to us. Eternal Friend, this is our prayer. Amen.

 

Doxology

(singing)Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures, here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession

Holy and infinite God, we confess our need for you. We have sinned and need your forgiveness. We are lost and need your guidance. We are broken and need your healing touch.

Hear our prayers, O Lord. (silent confession)

 

Words of Assurance: Isaiah 43:25

I, even I, am the one who blots out your transgressions…

and remembers your sins no more.

 

New Testament Reading

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.    Hebrews 12:1-3

Prayers of Intercessions for Those Beyond our Community

 

For those who do not have what they need today… we pray to the Lord. (pause in silence)

For those who live in fear today… we pray to the Lord. (pause in silence)

For those who have been forgotten today… we pray to the Lord. (pause in silence)

For those who work for peace and justice today… we pray to the Lord. (pause in silence)

For those who are called to heal today… we pray to the Lord. (pause in silence)

For those burdened to lead today…. we pray to the Lord. (pause in silence)

In the name of the one who loves us all… we pray to the Lord, amen.

 

Benediction

 

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Romans 15:13

 

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