Wednesday 8th April

April 8th

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…. do not lead us into the time of trail…. but deliver us from evil

Luke 22. 54-end        Peter Denies Jesus

54 The soldiers in the Garden of Gethsemene seized Jesus and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. 55When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, ‘This man also was with him.’ 57But he denied it, saying, ‘Woman, I do not know him.’ 58A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, ‘You also are one of them.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I am not!’ 59Then about an hour later yet another kept insisting, ‘Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.’ 60But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about!’ At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. 61The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.’ 62And he went out and wept bitterly.

The Mocking and Beating of Jesus

63 Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; 64they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, ‘Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?’ 65They kept heaping many other insults on him.

Jesus before the Council

66 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. 67They said, ‘If you are the Messiah, tell us.’ He replied, ‘If I tell you, you will not believe; 68and if I question you, you will not answer. 69But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.’ 70All of them asked, ‘Are you, then, the Son of God?’ He said to them, ‘You say that I am.’ 71Then they said, ‘What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!’

 

1/ My song is love unknown, my Saviour’s love to me,

love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be.

Oh, who am I, that for my sake

my Lord should take frail flesh and die?

 

2/ He came from his blest throne, salvation to bestow:

but people scorned, and none the longed-for Christ would know.

but O my Friend, my Friend indeed,

who at my need his life did spend!

 

3/ Sometimes they strew his way, and his sweet praises sing;

resounding all the day hosannas to their King.

Then ‘Crucify!’ is all their breath,

and for his death they thirst and cry.

 

4/ Why, what hath my Lord done? What makes this rage and spite?

He made the lame to run, he gave the blind their sight.

Sweet injuries! Yet they are these

themselves displease, and ‘gainst him rise.

Samuel Crossman (c1624-1683) last three verses left out

Lament

We who are left, how shall we look again

Happily on the sun or feel the rain,

Without remembering how they who went

Ungrudgingly, and spent

Their all for us, loved too the sun and rain?

 

A bird among the rain-wet lilac sings –

But we, how shall we turn to little things,

And listen to the birds and winds and streams

Made holy by their dreams,

Nor feel the heart-break in the heart of things.

Wilfred Wilson Gibson Collected Poems 1905-1925 (following World War 1)

 

 

Prayer

God of love and kindness,

you taught us to love our neighbour,

and to care for those in need

as if we were caring for you.

In this time of anxiety, give us strength

to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,

and to assure the isolated

of our love, and your love;

God of love, hear our prayer.

 

God of compassion,

be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.

In their loneliness, be their consolation;

in their anxiety, be their hope;

in their darkness, be their light;

God of love, hear our prayer.

 

Merciful God,

We entrust to your tender care

those who are ill or in pain,

knowing that whenever danger threatens

your everlasting arms are there to hold them.

Comfort and heal them,

and restore them to health and strength;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God of love, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for those who are facing war, conflicts and displacements,

as well as the challenges of Covid-19,

and we place all your precious children into your hands.

God of love, hear our prayer.


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