Maundy Thursday: Scripture and Prayer

Psalm 7:14-25 • Exodus 12:1-14 • I Corinthians 11:23-26 • John 13:1-15 Maundy Thursday, so called because of the Latin word for commandment. “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos”. On this day Christians often celebrate the Lord’s Supper and some groups have foot washing ceremonies. As a part of Holy week…

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Holy Week: Wednesday Prayer and Scripture

Psalm 69:7-23 • Isaiah 50:4-9 • Hebrews 9:11-28 • John 13:21-35 “Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body ot be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your…

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Holy Week: Monday Prayer and Scripture

Of all the weeks of the church year, Holy Week, stands out with special significance.Take time this week to read slowly, prayerfully as we prepare to commemorate the crucifixion and celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Psalm 36:5-10 • Isaiah 42:1-9 • Hebrews 11:39-12:3 • John 12:1-11 Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to…

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The Poetry of Worship

“The boldness of our love is pleasing to you, O Lord, just as it pleased you that we should steal from your bounty.” – St. Ephrem the Syrian, “Hymns on Faith”, 16:5 One of the many things I appreciate about our congregation is our times of corporate worship. When we gather together on Saturday nights…

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“Lust of Power”

Saturday night we reviewed and then prayed the Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem. I find this a good practice for our congregation during this season. This 4th Century prayer emphasizes humility and repentance. Who of us wouldn’t benefit from such emphases? Here is the prayer: O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me…

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