Daily Service – Holy Week – 6th April

Holy Week 2020

Daily Worship

Monday April 6th

Opening Prayer:

Lord, we come with joy to meet you this day, we lay before you our love and faith, rejoicing that you came in peace to be our King.

Come, Lord Jesus, teach us the way of peace that we may know the strength of love and the power of forgiveness.

Come, Lord Jesus, teach us humble ways, that we may be free of arrogance and without pretence.

Come, Lord Jesus, guide us from the joy of Palm Sunday to the joy of Easter Sunday.

Come, Lord Jesus, walk with us.

StF: 263 – Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!

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Reflection: Through the eyes of an ordinary woman….

I am just an ordinary woman in the crowd. No-one would ever give me a second glance. Every year I come to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, and every year there are crowds of us. I heard someone say yesterday that there are about 300,000 pilgrims here.

   This year though, everything seems different- there is a strange air of excitement and expectation. It’s all because of this man from Nazareth that everyone is talking about. For the last 3 years there has been so much gossip and rumour about him – tales of him making blind men see and paralysed men walk, reports of Him feeding a huge crowd of people with just a few small loaves and a couple of fishes.

    Someone even said he cured some lepers of their leprosy, but I don’t know if that can be really true.

    It seems he tries to teach people about God, and how God wants us to live. I hear it doesn’t make him very popular at the Synagogue, because he doesn’t always see eye to eye with the priests.

    We have heard he is coming to Jerusalem today, so we are all very excited and lining the road  hoping to catch a glimpse of Him. I have managed to get to the front, but I seem to have been waiting such a long time.

     Listen! I think he must be coming. I can hear the people down the road shouting Hosanna. Here he comes, we can start waving our palm branches. Some people are putting down their cloaks for him to walk on. How joyful it all is.

    ‘Hallelujah, blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord.’

   Oh, I’ve seen Him. He is very quiet and gentle-seeming- nothing of the warrior about Him at all. In fact, He looked a little bit silly riding that small colt.

But He has a most wonderful face, – and those eyes! though there is something sad about Him too.

Now He has passed by everyone is trying to follow Him. It’s a terrible crush! But we all want to see more of him

What a day this has been – one I will remember for ever.

StF: 777 – Jesus, remember me when I come into your Kingdom.

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Reading: Mark 11:15-18

Reflection of an ordinary man:

In 2014 Sue and I joined a party for a Holy Land Pilgrimage. Bethany was a real highlight. There was a beautiful Church with a garden bright with colour. Trickles of water could be heard everywhere, and the aroma made you glad to be alive. The air was clearer than in Bethlehem, where were staying, and in Jerusalem. From Bethany we went to Jerusalem. Though only short in distance, probably about two miles, you notice the difference. The colour gives way to sparseness and your lungs ache. It is a good uphill walk.

In Jerusalem we gathered next door to the Dome of the Rock where, in the open square, Jesus would have been overturning tables. It was hard to envisage this scene due to the splendour of the mosque and the openness of the space. However, we queued through security to go to the Wailing Wall. Men only of course! You are given a skull cap, a pencil and piece of paper. You write a prayer, approach the wall and place your prayer into a crevice. It was a spiritual moment and I found myself, unexpectantly,  rocking and bowing alongside others at the wall.

This was a place of prayer. This sacred space, as close as Jews believe you can get to the Shekinah, the glory of God, the Father of all creation and wonder.

I wonder what Jesus would make of this, Jews and Gentiles praying together at the Temple? This man-made Temple that became the centre of exchange of all sorts, a Jewish Stock-market if you like, is no more. Yet, the ruins becoming the focal point of prayer. There is something quite apt in this. Jesus ministry of healing, reconciliation, of peace and justice rolled together in the hopes and prayers of the whole world gathering in brokenness. We gathered from all over the world, at one, before this brokenness. And Jesus, to my mind, would still be angry, especially for women who are excluded from this sacred place. Jesus would, I believe, be knocking the wall down at this injustice.

The ministry of justice, peace, reconciliation and healing continues. In this most holy of weeks let us search our hearts and minds. What are we angry at, and what are we going to do about it? For Jesus is the new Temple through whom we have access to the very heart of God.

StF: 502 – I know that my Redeemer lives

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Prayers:

Jesus, light shone brightly on Palm Sunday. This was a day of festival and welcome. Hosanna! To the King of Kings. Only you knew that the truth lay elsewhere.  Jesus, hold us in your truth.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

You taught passionately in the temple, offering the word of life, but you were hemmed in by small-minded leaders of the people with their petty arguments about marriages in heaven and paying taxes to Caesar.             Jesus, save us from triviality.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

You accepted the loving touch and anointing of a wise and wounded woman, but there were none, thereafter, to care for your body. Only those who would hurt it. Jesus, make us compassionate in all our ways.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

You had supper with your friends and even gave Judas the seat of honour, but he it was who slipped out into the night and finished supper with the devil. Jesus, save us from delusion and deceit.

 Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

You hugged the ground in Gethsemane in an agony of faith and doubt, but your three best friends left you to it. While the future of the world was in the balance, they fell asleep. Jesus, keep us loyal and true in all our relationships.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

Lord Jesus, we stand alongside you this week. Journey with us, speak with us and open our eyes afresh to your Eternal Love.

We pray in Jesus name and draw our prayers to the Living God……Our Father….

StF: 693: Beauty for brokenness

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Collect:

Living God,  your light has risen over us in the person of Jesus Christ, who was greeted as king and crucified as slave because he came in your name; help us, who continue to greet his coming, to welcome him into our lives with humility, so that we may not desert him, betray him, or turn against him, but may follow him faithfully to the end, serving each other and all our neighbours, for his names sake.

Blessing:

The God of all grace, who has called us to eternal glory in Christ strengthen us for the journey of life and faith ahead of us.

The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,  bless us and keep us, now and always. Amen.

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