Year II: Holy Week

Monday of Holy Week: Morning Prayer

ABOUT TODAY

Monday of Holy Week:  This week is what is commonly referred to as Holy Week; the final week of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday.  During this time we focus on the last few days of Jesus’ earthly ministry and the events leading up to and including his death.  This morning we focus on the Cursing of the Fig Tree and the Cleansing of the Temple.  Our afternoon readings continue to tell the story of the liberation of the Children of Israel in their Exodus from Egypt.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Reader:
Lord, Open my lips.
All: 
And my mouth will give you praise.

Reader:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  
All:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen


INVITATORY PSALM:  

Psalm 67  (Deus misereatur)

All: 

An Invocation and a Doxology
To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us,  
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth.  Selah

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth shall yield her increase;
God, our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us,
And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

All:  
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen


MORNING PSALM

Psalm 20

The Assurance of God’s Saving Work
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice.  Selah

May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.
We will rejoice in your salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.

Save, Lord!
May the King answer us when we call.

All:  
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen


WORSHIP

All:  
(A time of worship and thanksgiving, led or spontaneous.  Alternatively a devotional song may be played and listened to.)


PRAYER & INTERCESSION

Reader:
Let us pray for the day and its tasks, for the church and her life, and for the world and its needs.

(You may use these prayers as written or use them as ‘prayer pointers’ for your own spontaneous petitions.

Personal Requests

  • Almighty God, you sent your Son into the world to pay the price for our sin.  Forgive our lack of comprehension and poverty of gratitude at the immensity of your sacrifice.  May we imitate you on your road to the cross and fill up in our own lives what is lacking Christ’s afflictions.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…
  • Drive from our hearts all worldly love and purify your dwelling place.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…
  • Close our ears to the call of the world and open our eyes to the claims of your love.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…

Family & Friends

  • Lord Jesus, you went to Calvary for the sake of your family and took the road of pain for the sake of your friends.  May we be found worthy of your example and courageous enough to stand in the time of trial and not slip out from under the load.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…
  • May our witness be pure, our speech be clean and our testimony uncorrupted.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…
  • When those we love cannot understand us and those we care for won’t go with us; give us grace to persevere and kindness to bless.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…

The Church

  • Lord Jesus, you cursed the fig tree that failed to produce fruit just as you reprimanded the Pharisee that failed to show love.  Unite us in love for our brothers and sisters, that we may bear much fruit and lead many to faith.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…
  • Let your fruit be abundant in our church.  May love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control be plentiful among us!
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…
  • May we not shun the Cross or turn aside when the hardest is asked from us.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…

The World

  • Lord Jesus, you wept over Jerusalem, seeing them as sheep without a shepherd.  Make us fit to shepherd your people and witness to the nations.  Give us the same compassion for the people of the world and let tears replace our easy answers.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…
  • Cause us to wrestle in prayer, even as you wrestled for the lost around you.  Give us hearts wide enough to embrace the world and big enough to love the unlovely.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…
  • For your Cross and for your Passion, show mercy upon us O Lord and hold not our sins against us.
              –  Cleanse the temple of our hearts…

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Reader: 
And so we pray…

All:   
Our Father in heaven,
Holy is Your Name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On 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 yours is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
Forever and ever.  Amen.


GOSPEL READING

Matthew 21:12-22

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”

And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,

‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise’?”

Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.

The Fig Tree Withered

Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree

And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Reader:      
The Word of the Lord.
All:  
Thanks be to God.


Pause for Reflection…


READING FROM THE CHURCH
 FATHERS (Optional)

Lesson from the Church Fathers – ‘Awakening Faith’ Day 346


Pause for Reflection…


THE APOSTLES CREED

Reader
And so we make our declaration of faith…

All:  
We believe in God the Father, Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into the grave;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit;
The Holy Worldwide Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.  Amen.


COLLECT

Reader:
(Either this or an alternative closing prayer may be said.)

O Lord and Master of life,
Give us not the spirit of laziness,
Despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give us rather the spirit of sobriety,
Humility, patience and love to all your servants,
O Lord and King,
Grant us to see our own transgressions,
And not to judge our brothers and sisters,
For you are blessed throughout all ages.   Amen

(From a prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian – AD305-373)


BLESSING

Reader:
(When praying in community, this or a similar blessing may be used)

And may Christ, who walked the way of the cross,
That we may inherit the path of life,
Lead you to Calvary.   Amen


Psalms taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  Other Scripture taken from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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