Wednesday of Holy Week 7:30pm 8th April 2020
This week, as we draw close to the end of our Lenten journey, a journey with our Saviour Jesus Christ to the cross at Calvary, we remember that our journey with Him does not end at the cross but continues with Him, our victorious risen Lord, following Him wherever He may lead us.
So, we begin our devotions with a song of praise, remembering that as we journey with Jesus throughout our lives, no matter what happens, we will know God’s presence and blessing.
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us. Thank you for reaching out to us through Jesus and calling us to come to you. Thank you that through Jesus you stretch out your arms to us and offer your warm, passionate embrace of forgiveness, acceptance and love. Thank you for the kindness and mercy we receive from you, even though we don’t deserve it and thank you that you never give up on us.
Father, when we think of your love for us, we see how poor, weak and cold our love so often is for you. We confess to you that often we are ungrateful, stubborn and selfish; we forget you and, in pursuit of our own pleasures, turn aside from following your son Jesus. Father we are sorry, and we confess that we need you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We come to you now and ask for your help and blessing. We ask for your renewal, healing and strength. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Read Isaiah 50 verses 4 to 9 and Psalm 70
Prayers: Pray for the church and all Christians everywhere, in the world and in our locality of Bury. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ at: The Guardian Angels church, St Stephens, Bury Parish Church, the Bury United Reformed Church and many more. Pray for the churches in our Methodist circuit. We pray for all ministers as they care for and lead God’s people. We pray for all Christians, for faith to endure and blossom in these difficult times; for renewed hope and passion for seeing God’s kingdom come in the lives of all. God of Grace and Power, hear our prayer.
Pray for the world and all nations and peoples of the world. We pray for all leaders of the nations as they lead the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic. We pray for wisdom, for compassion and justice. We pray for that all nations may learn ways of love, mercy and peace. We pray for a repentance of all nations for the misuse and destruction of God’s creation and for the pursuit of wealth instead of justice and peace. God of Grace and Power, hear our prayer
Pray for all the key workers who continue to serve our nation during the Covid-19 pandemic. We pray for the shop workers, the farmers, the health care workers, those who work in social care, for doctors and nurses, for teachers and support staff, for social workers, for those who work for the emergency services and for many more. We pray also for the people who have volunteered to help the NHS and farmers. We thank God for them and ask for His strength, protection and hope to sustain them in their work. God of Grace and Power, hear our prayer
Pray for all who are sick in body, mind or spirit. We pray for God’s peace, an awareness of his loving presence, bringing strength and comfort. We pray for people known to us personally. We pray for God’s healing and we ask that through the Holy Spirit God will bless each person with a knowledge and assurance of His Grace. God of Grace and Power, hear our prayer
Pray for those who are mourning the loss of their loved ones. We pray for God’s comfort and peace today and in the difficult days ahead. God of Grace and Power, hear our prayer
We ask all these prayers trusting in God’s love, mercy and power in and through the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen
Read John 13 verses 21 to 32
For those unable to watch, these are the words in the message
Read/sing/pray the words of this hymn:
I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me;
How He left His home in glory
For the cross on Calvary.
I was lost but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray;
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way.
I was bruised but Jesus healed me,
Faint was I from many a fall;
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
But He freed me from them all.
Days of darkness still come o’er me;
Sorrow’s paths I often tread,
But the Saviour still is with me,
By His hand I’m safely led.
He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet,
Then He’ll bear me safely over,
All my joys in Him complete.
Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me;
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.
We close with some words from Hebrews 12 verse 1 to 3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
‘I will sing the wondrous story’ Francis Rawley. Words Copyright © 1952 HarperCollins Religious/Adm. by CopyCare.