Year V: Holy Week

Wednesday of Holy Week: Morning Prayer

ABOUT TODAY

Wednesday 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 Anointing at Bethany 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 2

Why are the nations so angry?
    Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
    the rulers plot together
against the Lord
    and against his anointed one.
“Let us break their chains,” they cry,
    “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”

But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
    The Lord scoffs at them.
Then in anger he rebukes them,
    terrifying them with his fierce fury.
For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
    in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”

The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
    Today I have become your Father.
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
    the whole earth as your possession.
You will break them with an iron rod
    and smash them like clay pots.’”

Now then, you kings, act wisely!
    Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
    and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
    But what joy for all who take refuge in 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


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

  • Lord Jesus, you took the way of the cross to open the Kingdom of heaven to us. As Mary anointed your feet with oil so we pour out our love to you today and wash your feet with tears of devotion.
             – We pour out our lives to you…
  • Anoint us also with your Spirit, and set us apart for your service.
             – We pour out our lives to you…
  • Strip from us all sense of shame and remove from us all fear of man.
             – We pour out our lives to you…

Family & Friends

  • God of Glory, teach us to love with reckless abandonment and selfless service. May our friends and family be won not only by the words of our mouths, but by the deeds of our hands. May we pour out our life in acts of love for your creation.
             – We pour out our lives to you…
  • May we save our best for you, not holding back but lavishing our lives on the Saviour who gave his all for us.
             – We pour out our lives to you…
  • May the fragrance of Christ be found in our families, removing all strife and overpowering all selfish desires.
             – We pour out our lives to you…

The Church

  • Lord Jesus, we ask for your church, your people, your bride, your family. May the power of your Passion unite us and the reality of your Cross inspire us. Bring us all to the unity of the faith and the fullness of the Godhead.
             – We pour out our lives to you…
  • Fill your church with your presence and your people with your love. Empty us that we may be full.
             – We pour out our lives to you…
  • Break out amongst us in revival power. Remove from us all coldness of heart and lethargy of spirit.
             – We pour out our lives to you…

The World

  • Lord of all, in a world that is fast forgetting Calvary, lift high the Cross and send forth your people. Forgive our nation her many sins, pardon her leaders for their many offenses and be merciful to us for our many iniquities.
             – We pour out our lives to you…
  • Lift high the Cross and shatter the works of Satan.
             – We pour out our lives to you…
  • Lift high the Cross and break the power of evil.
             – We pour out our lives to you…
  • Lift high the Cross and prepare the world for your coming.
             – We pour out our lives to you…
  • Holy Spirit you empower Gods people to do ‘even greater works’ to display Gods power. As we pray today for those who are sick with this virus outbreak may your power be seen in their healing!
             – We pour out our lives to you…


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 26:1-13

Judas Becomes an Enemy of Jesus

It was almost time for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover Feast. The leading priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a way to kill Jesus, because they were afraid of the people.

Satan entered Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ twelve apostles. Judas went to the leading priests and some of the soldiers who guarded the Temple and talked to them about a way to hand Jesus over to them. They were pleased and agreed to give Judas money. He agreed and watched for the best time to hand Jesus over to them when he was away from the crowd.

Jesus Eats the Passover Meal

The Day of Unleavened Bread came when the Passover lambs had to be sacrificed. Jesus said to Peter and John, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us to eat.”

They asked, “Where do you want us to prepare it?” Jesus said to them, “After you go into the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters, and tell the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says: “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover meal with my followers?”’ Then he will show you a large, furnished room upstairs. Prepare the Passover meal there.”

So Peter and John left and found everything as Jesus had said. And they prepared the Passover meal.

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 Impartation.

Recognising the intense loss-ness of humanity, I seek to impart the good news of Christ to all within my world. As a follower of the Way of Compassion, I will do this with patience, genuine love and authentic kindness.

All:
This is The Way of Compassion: The Principle of Impartation.


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,
The house of my soul is narrow;
Enlarge it that you may enter in.
It is ruinous, Oh please repair it!
It displeases Your sight.
I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it,
To whom shall I cry but to you?
Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord,
And spare Your servant from unknowing sins,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

(From a prayer of St. Augustine – AD354-430)


BLESSING

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

And may you be delivered from the tempter’s power,
The snares of this world and the enemy’s wiles.
Now and forever, 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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