Liturgy for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 11 (Year B)Read More
Living God, today’s Good News is so wondrous, so magnificent,
that we struggle to wrap our heads around it.
Give our hearts the wisdom to receive
that which our heads cannot fully understand.
Send your Spirit to fill our whole bodies with your resurrection promise.
This we pray in your holy and good name. Amen.
Even the obstacle of death has been removed between us and God.
If death no longer stands in our way,
we can be sure that our sin does not either.
Let us confess our sins
that they may be washed away by the mercy of our risen Lord.
this week has had within it such trials, such tribulations, and such sorrows.
But they are all washed away.
They are washed away by the grace
that gushes from that empty tomb.
Your creation relentless; it will not be ended by death’s devices.
We gather for there is a story that needs to be told,
a joyful song that cries out to be sung!
Jesus Christ is risen today!
Friends, the tomb is empty! The stone has been rolled away!
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!
For three days he lay in that cold and lonely cave.
But God’s love cannot be contained by anything, not even death!
Thanks be to God, who gives us victory throughout our Risen Lord.
Death has been swallowed up in victory!
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed!
Come, let us worship the Risen Christ!
God of the tomb,
your Son has entrusted his life to you
in the moment when all is dark and hope seems nothing but a memory.
The body that was broken has been buried and the song that we had sung is now silent.
God of love,
When death seems to have the final word, give us courage.
When hope seems to be buried, give us endurance.
When stones seal us from the light, give us love.
Above all, give us the trust
that now is the only companion for your Son in that lonely tomb.
In the name of the One whose death will give us life, we pray. Amen.
God of the cross,
For us, sinners though we are, you were nailed to a cross.
For us, you took a final breath, and walked willingly into the darkness.
For us, you were broken. For us, you lived. For us, you died.
You do not deserve this death. We do not deserve your life.
God of grace, give our hearts courage to accept your grace
and to respond to the life that was given for all.
Guide us through the darkness ahead
that we might be renewed by the light that is to come.
It the name of the Blessed One who was taken and broken, we pray.
As the sun gives way to darkness, the shadows of death are upon us.
This evening brings the last leg of Jesus’ journey to the cross.
Our Savior has broken the bread of life and poured the cup of salvation.
Tonight, his body will be broken and his life poured out.
Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities.
Upon him was the punishment that made us whole;
our lives come at the cost of his death.
In solemn remembrance,
we remember the saving death of our Teacher and Friend.
We linger in this dark hour,
waiting for its story,
trusting that death will not have the final word…
Maundy Thursday (Year C)
March 24th, 2016
in this Lenten wilderness
you take, break, and bless.
You take the bread, that holy manna of God,
and give it to us, your beloved.
You break the bread, your very body,
and give it to us, your servants.
You bless the bread, which is given for us,
and share it with all
that we might be sustained for the days ahead.
God of the covenant, fulfill the promise that you have made with us;
the promise that you have made and kept with those that have gone before us.
Gather us around this blessed table that we might go forth in the difficult days ahead
assured of your unshakeable grace and your steadfast love.
In the name of the One who takes, breaks, and blesses, we pray. Amen.
- Morning Prayer | Maundy Thursday (Year C) | March 24th, 2016
- Call to Worship | Maundy Thursday (Year C) | March 24th, 2016
- Prayer of the Day | Maundy Thursday (Year C) | March 24th, 2016
- Confession | Maundy Thursday (Year C) | March 24th, 2016
- Prayer for Illumination | Maundy Thursday (Year C) | March 24th, 2016
- Prayer of Great Thanksgiving | Maundy Thursday (Year C) | March 24th, 2016
give us the wisdom of your Spirit
to understand and receive the depth and breadth
of the love that Christ showers upon us.
Bless this reading of your Word
that we might be transformed by its grace. Amen.
Holy Lamb, we gather at your table as beloved friends,
invited by nothing less than your everlasting grace.
As the bread is broken and the cup is poured,
may our hearts break at your betrayal,
and our souls pour out the love that you have poured upon us.
This we pray in your holy and good name. Amen.