Maundy Thursday O God, just when we're ready to diminish the meaning of love, Jesus challenges us to redefine it. As we're misusing the word and "falling in love" with trends, bad habits, and material things, Jesus foregoes words altogether and embodies a new way. He bends down and washes the tired feet of those gathered. He gives undivided attention to each soul he encounters and shows us the way of compassion and humble service. Knowing this, how could we go back to our old ways of loving? O God, help us move forward in love and explore the depths of what that means. Amen.
A prayer after reading Ezekiel 37:1-14 O God, when death seems more real to us than resurrection, Lead us to the messengers who can speak to your life-giving Spirit And breathe new life into any dry bones we might have. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
A prayer after reading Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Spirit of Transformation, During this season of Lent And as we encounter death and adversity, Which feel very real to us today, Help us choose life. Again and again, may we choose life And endeavor to offer the fullness of life to others; So we may live into the ways you set before us— The ways of your blessed, collective reign, The ways of life and prosperity. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
O God, hear this simple prayer— Not a prayer perfectly pieced together, Not a prayer eloquently said, But a prayer humbly offered on this sacred day. God, as I journey into this season of Lent, I long to renew my commitment to You. But, I am still figuring out the best way to do that. I embrace this lack of clarity, trusting that you will guide me all along the way. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
A prayer after reading Matthew 11:28-30 Inviting God, who promises rest for the weary, teach us how and when to let go of the busyness, unrealistic expectations, and façades; so we may accept your gift of rest and release, embrace who we are, and bask in your holy presence. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
A prayer after reading Luke 1:26-38 O Spirit of God, present and more astute than the obsessive mind of my fear, once again you remind me that I need not be afraid. I need not let fear stifle my passion, my drive or eagerness to do something good. And so, O God, I boldly ask you to guide me beyond my fear and into incredibly promising territory, so I may be faithful to your call and proceed in the direction of positive change. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God of Transformation,
We give you thanks for the redemption story
of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
May we know and grow in your transforming love.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your prophetic ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your healing ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your teaching ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your servant ministry.
- …with us
- …in us
- …around us
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O God who was present when Jesus surrendered, you know how hard it is for us to consider it... to consider Jesus breathing his last breath on the cross. But despite this difficulty, we know, O God, that you endure it with us. You're no stranger to suffering or grief. “When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 NRSV “Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last.” Luke 23:46 NRSV
O Divine Love, who took on human form and human needs, we hear your longing, your thirst. We, too, have longings and needs. But God, we ask that you guide them into better alignment with yours, so that we may more fully join you in your mission. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. “After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.’” John 19:28 NRSV
O God to whom Jesus called, we are grateful for the invitation to honestly express our complaints, questions, and cries to you. Help us accept that invitation and be more authentic in our interactions with you, so we may better understand your gracious presence and better understand ourselves. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. “And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” Matthew 27:46/Mark 15:34 NRSV