Pray With Us

Leader:        Lord Jesus, we give thanks this week that, in the midst of so much ill-feeling & misunderstanding,

there were people at Bethany who welcomed you.

All:      We welcome you in our midst.

Leader:     We give thanks that, down the ages, there have been those who have offered havens of welcome to those in the midst of strife.

All:      We give thanks.

Leader:     May our hearts & homes be like that home in Bethany, places of welcome & understanding, places of peace & healing.

All:      We walk with you & others through weeks of distress & suffering.

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Please sing the two verses of a Lenten hymn together.

By that bitter cup of pain, when your strength began to wane;

By those lips which once did pray that it might but pass away;

By the heart that drank it dry lest the human race should die,

In your pity grant our plea, hear our solemn litany.

Man of Sorrows, let your grief purchase for us our relief;

Lord of Mercy bow your ear, slow to anger, swift to hear:

By the cross’s royal road, lead us to the throne of God,

There to sing triumphantly Heaven’s glorious litany.

 

Please say the first part of the psalm, different people in the group taking a verse each after saying the antiphon together.

All:     Insult & terror have been my lot, but the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero.

Everyone, take heed, all the world listen, high & low, rich & poor alike.  I have wisdom you need to hear.  I see to the heart of things.  I tune my ear to the truth & set my insight to music.

Why should I be afraid in bad times when enemies surround me, disdainful in their power, arrogant in their wealth?  We cannot save ourselves, cannot set things right with God; the price is too high, well beyond our means.

There is no escaping death, no avoiding the grave.  Look, even the wisest die.  Fools & idiots perish with them, & others claim their wealth.  The grave is the only home where they settle for good, even if their land still bears their name.  No matter how great, no-one sees the truth: we die like beasts.

All:  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy

      Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall

      be, world without end, amen.

All:        Insult & terror have been my lot, but the Lord is at

         my side, a mighty hero.

Please sing the antiphon & the psalm as indicated.

Cantors:       Deliver me, Lord, & set me close to you;

                 Let who will raise his hand against me.

Side 1:  Here is the fate of those only concerned with themselves,

              They go straight to Sheol.

Side 2: Death shepherds them right into the grave

         Where death eats them up & earth consumes them.

Side 1:   But I know God will rescue me,

             Save me from the grip of death.

Side 2: Do not worry about wealth when someone else becomes rich.

         You cannot take it to your grave, wealth is worth nothing.        

Side 1:   No matter how wealthy, no matter how many tell you,

              ‘My, how well you have done!’

Side 2: The rich all join the dead never to see light again.

         No matter how great, no-one sees the truth: we die like beasts.

All:     Glory be to the Father and to the Son,

            And to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

World without end, Amen.

All:  Deliver me, Lord, & set me close to you;

      Let who will raise his hand against me.

Reading (John 13.) followed by a pause for personal reflection.

‘’Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me and, as I said to the Jews, so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.”
Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’

Jesus answered, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterwards.’

Peter said to him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’

Jesus answered, ‘Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

 

Please sing the Magnificat & its antiphon as indicated.

Cantors: I have the right to lay down my life,

And I have the right to take it up again.

 Side 1: I acclaim the greatness of the Lord,

I delight in God, my saviour, who regarded my humble state.

Side 2:  Truly from this day on

All ages will call me blest.

Side 1:  For God, wonderful in power,

Has used that strength for me.

Side 2: Holy the name of the Lord!

Whose mercy embraces the faithful, one generation to the next.             

Side 1:  The mighty arm of God scatters the proud in their conceit,

Pulls tyrants from their thrones, & raises up the humble

Side 2: The Lord fills the starving

And lets the rich go hungry.

Side 1:   God rescues lowly Israel, recalling the promise of mercy,

The promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham’s heirs for ever.

All:   Glory be to the Father and to the Son,

And to the Holy Spirit:

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

World without end, Amen.

All:   I have the right to lay down my life,

And I have the right to take it up again.

 

Intercessions:

Reader:        As we once again follow you on the way of the cross,

we are apprehensive.  We pray for all those

apprehensive about what they know they have, in

conscience, to do. ………………. pause ………. Stay close to us all,

All:        we pray.

Reader:    On our journey through life, we have often been

fearful.  We pray for all who are afraid tonight.

………………. pause ………. Stay close to us all,                 

All:        we pray.

Reader:    Many times we have tried to hide – to hide our real

selves, from others, even from ourselves.  We pray for

all who find it difficult to be themselves, to stand up

for others, to follow the path along which God is

leading them  ………pause ………. Stay close to us all,                                                             

All:       we pray.

Reader:    You still call us by name & invite us into your company &

 onto your road.  Give us the courage & commitment we

 need.  Help us to look out for each other on that road,

 knowing that it is you who have blazed the trail &

 accompany us all the way.  ………pause ………. Stay close to us all,

All:       we pray.

Reader:    We pray for people who have died today and for those

 who will die tonight.  We also remember those whose

 anniversaries of death occur tomorrow, remembering especially:

Leader begins the Our Father….

Leader:        All powerful ever-living God, may our celebration of the Lord’s passion bring us your forgiveness & hope. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

All:     Amen.

Leader:        As we hold onto our hope, we believe that the river of

                  our tears will become a well of living water.

All:        The used seed which falls into the ground will rise

            & bear much fruit. 

Leader:     The crushed & bowed down will be lifted up in God’s embrace.

All:        The dead trees of our parched life will spring forth

            again in healing leaves. 

Leader:      Our turmoil & commotion will be held in the hollow of

                  God’s hand.

All:        Our journey in the darkness will be led by the

            flame of God’s love.

Leader:     So, may Almighty God bless us – the Father Son and Holy Spirit.

All:        Amen.