Wednesday of Holy Week
From "Hosannah" to "Crucify Him!"
A Dispute Over Who Jesus Is
A Time of Prayer and Meditation
God, as we walk through holy week towards the cross,
may we remember the wonder of who you are.
Beyond sin your love is in exhaustible,
beyond brokenness your forgiveness is incomprehensible,
beyond betrayal your grace is poured out eternally,
beyond death your life is an imaginable,
beyond human understanding your ways are always higher than ours.
Come to us this evening, O God,
All Lighten our darkness.
Speak to us this evening, O God,
All Speak to us your truth.
Dwell with us this night, O God,
All Dwell with us in love.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All Who made heaven and earth
It is evening after a long day,
what has been done has been done:
what has not been done has not been done;
hand it to God and let it be.
All Most merciful God,
All we confess to you,
All before the whole company of heaven and one another,
All that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
All and in what we have failed to do.
All Forgive us our sins,
All heal us by your Spirit
All and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us.
All O Lord, make haste to help us.
All Glory to the Father and to the Son
All and to the Holy Spirit;
All as it was in the beginning is now
All and shall be for ever. Amen.
God we gather this evening to thank you for the many blessings of this day and in our lives. We praise you for your generous goodness new every day.
All To you our God we offer praise and thanks.
We pause to remind ourselves of all we have to be thankful for.
To you who created the earth and the heavens,
To you who are always merciful and forgiving,
To you who call us into relationship with yourself,
All Thanks and praise to God our creator.
For entering human history as one of us,
For your life poured out in sacrifice for us,
For dying that we might live,
All Thanks and praise to Christ our redeemer.
For the comfort of your indwelling presence,
For the wisdom of your guidance and direction,
For drawing us together as one family,
All Thanks and praise to the Holy Spirit our enabler.
Through your will we are made whole,
Through your love we are renewed in body, mind and spirit
Through you we become one community from every tribe and nation.
All Thanks and praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Word of the Lord
O God, as these words are read,
All In our hearts may we feel your presence.
Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your holy word.
May it be a lantern to our feet, a light upon our paths,
and a strength to our lives.
Reflection and meditation
Prayers of Intercession
We have a moment of silence to offer up our own personal prayers
Father God, we thank you
for the many blessings you gave us this day,
for all the good you have enabled us to do;
for the experiences that have taught us humility and patience
for the hope that your life, death and resurrection
inspire within us. Amen.
Let us now pray together using the words Jesus taught us.
All Our Father, who art in heaven,
All hallowed be thy name;
All thy kingdom come, thy will be done;
All on earth as it is in heaven.
All Give us this day our daily bread.
All And forgive us our trespasses,
All as we forgive those who trespass against us.
All And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
All For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
All for ever and ever. Amen.
Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
Come with the dawning of the day
and make yourself know to us
in the faces and actions of those we meet.
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet evening and a perfect night.