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Holy Week – Monday Service

Monday of Holy Week 7:30pm 6th April 2020

 

Monday of Holy Week 7:30pm 6th April 2020

 

Another day and another step nearer the cross; the ultimate sacrifice, the enormous cost which Christ so willingly paid to rescue us.  What is our response to Him?

 

YouTube playlist: Service at Home Monday of Holy Week

 

SONG: Unbroken Praise by Matt Redman

 

Prayer

You asked for our hands that you might use them for your purpose.  We gave them for a moment then withdrew them for the work was hard.

You asked for our mouths to speak out against injustice.  We gave you a whisper that we might not be accused.

You asked for our eyes to see the pain of poverty.  We closed them for we did not want to see.

You asked for our lives that you might work through us.  We gave a small part that we might not get too involved.

Lord, forgive our calculated efforts to serve you, only when it is convenient for us to do so, only in those places where it is safe to do so, and only with those who make it easy to do so.

Father, forgive us, renew us, send us out as usable instruments that we might take seriously the meaning of your cross.  Amen.

 

Read: John 12 verses 1 to 11

 

Reflection

In this passage we see Jesus welcomed into the home of his friends in Bethany.  Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, pours costly perfume on Jesus’ head.  She anoints Jesus as kings were anointed, but the dead were also anointed with perfume – Jesus describes her action as preparation for his burial.  Jesus’ kingship is always linked with suffering and death.  He is King of kings and Lord of lords, but he is the servant king who will willingly suffer and die to save humankind.

Pouring out the perfume is an act of love and devotion to Jesus.  Mary breaks the jar and pours out everything she has in gratitude to Jesus.  Are we ready to pour out everything we have in love and gratitude to him?

 

Meditation: ‘The Judas and Mary in us’ by Ian Cowie

In the quietness of this evening time,

We ponder the strange interweaving of the love of God

With both human sin and human goodness.

Sin and goodness write a story in each of our lives.

In each of us, and in each congregation, both Mary and Judas are to be found.  But we know, too, that the love of God in Christ redeems it all.

Therefore, in quietness, let us confront the Judas in us who could spoil everything, and allow the Mary in each of us to find some beautiful thing to do for God.

 

Spend a few minutes in silence, asking God what you can do for Him.

 

Loving God, what we have purposed in our hearts, enable us to carry through.

Silence the sensible disciple in us who would think it a waste.

Silence the Judas in us who would begrudge the money and the effort.

Nothing is too good for you, Lord.

Nobody is too bad for you to love.

May we individually, and our church as a whole,

Be known for the extravagant love which makes us fools for Christ’s sake.

In your peace and love we will take our rest

In your light may we rise tomorrow to follow you afresh.  Amen.

 

Song: I will offer up my life

 

 

 

Prayer:

Gracious God,

We know we can never repay the love you have shown us, but we long to show our gratitude by loving you in return, by serving you as you desire, by being the sort of people you call us to be.

Set us free from our preoccupation with the things of this world, from our obsession with self, from the pride, greed and envy which blind us to what really matters.

Teach us to live according to the values of your kingdom, where it is in giving that we shall receive, in letting go that we shall find, in being poor that we shall become rich.

Take us and use us, we pray, by your grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Song: All I once held dear

All I once held dear, built my life upon,

All this world reveres, and wars to own,

All I once thought gain I have counted loss;

Spent and worthless now, compared to this.

 

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You, there is no greater thing.

You’re my all, You’re the best, You’re my joy, my righteousness,

And I love You, Lord.

 

Now my heart’s desire is to know You more,

To be found in You and known as Yours.

To possess by faith what I could not earn,

All-surpassing gift of righteousness.

 

Oh, to know the power of Your risen life,

And to know You in Your sufferings.

To become like You in Your death, my Lord,

So with You to live and never die.

 

Blessing:    Lord, send us out in the power of your Spirit, to live and work to your praise and glory.  Amen.

 

‘All I once held dear’ Graham Kendrick, Copyright © 1993 Make Way Music.