As we move ever closer to the Last Supper, the betrayal, the arrest and trial, the walk to Golgotha and death on the cross, I want to share a couple of Holy Week resources. Today, I’m sharing a prayer for Holy Week:
Our Lord Jesus, you went faithfully to Jerusalem, speaking with your disciples of your death, they welcomed you with the branches of celebration for the coming of a Saviour, and only you understood that it was through the sacrifice of your death that the promise of salvation would be fulfilled.
Like the patriots of old you cleansed the temple, they tried to trap you with questions as you taught, and you were betrayed on the night when you gave the symbols of your life with which to remember you at the table.
You washed their feet as an example of service to one another before you submitted to ultimate humiliation and cruel death.
Faithful servant of God and of your human brothers and sisters, we worship and adore you as our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, so I bet you can guess what this week’s worship resources are going to focus on. Let’s begin with this version of Hosanna by Hillsong, live on the steps of the Temple in Jerusalem:
This prayer from the folks at illustratedministry.com, which can be printed and coloured:
God, our merciful maker, You love the world you made, and you want us to be whole and healthy. Yet the world you made is suffering. The world you made is struggling. People have died, and people are sick. Visit us with your mercy and make us whole. Amen.
And finally, this is Andrew Peterson’s version of Hosanna:
Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you cry out to Jesus, Hosanna – save us!
While writing yesterday’s blog, “Ordinary,” I had a song running through my head. It was Sarah McLachlan’s Ordinary Miracle, which is all about how the ordinary things are actually rather miraculous – like how seeds grow, and birds learn to fly, and spring comes again. So I thought I’d share that with you today, with the hopes that you’ll spend some time looking for ordinary miracles all around you:
This lovely little bit of Scripture set to music by Andrew Peterson. This is “Romans 11 (Doxology)”
And this offering from NEEDTOBREATHE, “Banks,” which Bear Rienhart (singer) wrote for his wife, but also speaks to me of how God loves us – wanting to hold us close but never hold us back:
Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you sing songs to the Lord!
Every once in a while in a Bible Study or other spiritual conversation setting, I hear people of faith wondering how their ordinary life makes much of a difference for God. They will point out that they’ve never gone on a mission trip or done anything really “above and beyond” in the name of faith.
But for every single person who has ever asked such a question, this is also absolutely true:
Sometimes it is the small kindnesses we do for each other – an encouraging word, a ride to a doctor’s appointment, being present for a friend, things that might seem quite ordinary – that make a big difference in the life of another. And really, every difference made, matters.
So here is a prayer for the “ordinary” acts of faith that all of us do:
Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you know that you make a difference, that is far from ordinary.
(Because this just made me feel better about the train wreck I’ve felt like lately. I’m reminded of a Caedmon’s Call song that says, “I’m so thankful that I’m incapable of doing any good on my own” – the implication being that being incapable makes one rely fully on God who IS capable. Maybe I need to see my train wreck as a blessing in disguise that makes me lean all that much more on the strength of my Saviour…..so maybe not all that wordless today, after all!)
This has been around for a long time, but every time I come across it, I’m thankful to read it again:
This is probably the kind of courage we need right now. Not to roar, but to simply keep going. To keep trying. To keep holding to our faith, even in the midst of times that are more trying than anything we have ever lived through.
It is courage to not give up. It is courage to look for the good in each day. It is courage to simply be kind. It is even courage to rest, when that is what you need.
So today, I pray courage for you – not the roaring kind, but the quiet and steady kind. And when your courage is failing, I pray that God will supply you from his endless riches what you do not have in yourself.
Until tomorrow, dear friends, be courageous in the Lord.