Year V: Holy Week

Tuesday of Holy Week: Morning Prayer

ABOUT TODAY

Tuesday 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 Jesus cry for Jerusalem and his reaction when he came to the temple in Luke 19, while 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 42

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

As the deer longs for streams of water,
    so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
    When can I go and stand before him?
Day and night I have only tears for food,
    while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,
    “Where is this God of yours?”

My heart is breaking
    as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
    leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
    amid the sound of a great celebration!

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged,
    but I will remember you—
even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
    from the land of Mount Mizar.
I hear the tumult of the raging seas
    as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
    and through each night I sing his songs,
    praying to God who gives me life.

“O God my rock,” I cry,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?”
Their taunts break my bones.
    They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!

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 prayed for us that we may be one with you and one with each other. Unite us by your Spirit to yourself and let us realize the unity we share with you and the grace that called us into the body of Christ. Let us apprehend the Kingdom of God within.
             – Father, make us one…
  • Forgive us when we have tried to divide our love and attention between you and the idols of our desires.
             – Father, make us one…
  • Reunite the scattered fragments of our heart and unify our souls in you. May the Kingdom be fixed within.
             – Father, make us one..

Family & Friends

  • Lord Jesus, keep those I love and suffer them not to fail or fall. Protect them by your name and defend them by your almighty power. Let not the enemy prevail or the accuser sow doubt, nor let the subtlety of sin ensnare them.
             – Father, make us one…
  • For those going through their own dark night of the soul. May they be strengthened by hope and delivered from all their fears.
             – Father, make us one…
  • For those who linger at the edges of faith and struggle at the fringes of community that they may be brought into your fold.
             – Father, make us one…

The Church

  • Lord Jesus, be glorified in your people. Sanctify them by your truth – your word is truth. May they be one even as you are one with the Father; and may the perfections of the unity of the Godhead be mirrored in the unity of your people on earth.
             – Father, make us one…
  • Forgive us our sectarian divisions and denominational pride. Cleanse from us all sense of superiority and doctrinal conceit.
             – Father, make us one…
  • Demolish the walls that separate us, that the world might believe. Break down our stubborn will that your glory may rest upon us.
             – Father, make us one…

The World

  • Lord Jesus, you prayed not only for your disciples but also for those who would believe through their word. Bring us into the maturity of faith and the fullness of the Spirit so that the world may come to the saving knowledge of Christ.
             – Father, make us one…
  • Reveal your Son to us then reveal your Son in us to the world. May the love you have for us be mirrored in our love for them.
             – Father, make us one…
  • Glorify your Son that your Son may also glorify you. Lift high the Cross and draw all men to the brightness of his coming!
             – Father, make us one…
  • Jesus, over 50 times in scripture you bring healing to people and groups in need of health and wholeness, today we ask you to heal those who are infected by Covid-19.
             – Father, make us one…


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

Luke 19:41-48

Jesus Cries for Jerusalem

As Jesus came near Jerusalem, he saw the city and cried for it, saying, “I wish you knew today what would bring you peace. But now it is hidden from you. The time is coming when your enemies will build a wall around you and will hold you in on all sides. They will destroy you and all your people, and not one stone will be left on another. All this will happen because you did not recognize the time when God came to save you.”

Jesus Goes to the Temple

Jesus went into the Temple and began to throw out the people who were selling things there. He said, “It is written in the Scriptures, ‘My Temple will be a house for prayer.’ But you have changed it into a ‘hideout for robbers’!”

Jesus taught in the Temple every day. The leading priests, the experts on the law, and some of the leaders of the people wanted to kill Jesus. But they did not know how they could do it, because all the people were listening closely to him.

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


Pause for Reflection…

READING: THE WAY OF CHRIST (Optional)

Principle of discipleship drawn from the book, “The Way of Christ”

Reader:
The Way of Compassion: The Principle of Going to the Margins.

Aware that my Lord prioritised those on the margins of society, I determine to become a servant to those the world despises and forgets, and a friend of the broken. As a follower of the Way of Compassion, I seek to serve rather than to be served.

All:
This is The Way of Compassion: The Principle of Going to the Margins.


Pause for Reflection…


THE APOSTLES CREED

Reade9r:
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, who has mercy upon all,
Take away from us our sins,
And mercifully kindle in us,
The fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from us the heart of stone,
And give us a heart of flesh,
A heart to love and adore you,
A heart to delight in you,
To follow and enjoy you,
For Christ’s sake, Amen

(St. Ambrose of Milan – AD339-397)


BLESSING

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

And may the love of God lead you to the heart of Christ,
The peace of God lead you to the Prince of Peace,
And the power of God lead you to true life. Amen


Psalms in Bold – Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved

All other Psalms – Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

All other Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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