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Monday, April 1, 2013, Devotion

Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Jn 18:31). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Pilate does what we all wish we could do when faced with a serious moral dilemma–we punt it to the next person. We did this in small matters all the time–the child asks his father if he can do something, and the father tells the child, “Go ask your mother.” But we also do it in regard to larger, more difficult and moral questions. Pilate doesn’t want to take responsibility for the decision that is only his–whether to put Jesus to death or to release him. Perhaps we can sympathize with Pilate’s position, thrust in the middle of a conflict that was not his immediate jurisdiction, he faces the hard choice of executing an innocent man or angering the mob, which could lead to revolt. But the time for decision would be forced upon him before too long. As disciples we too, may be tempted to put the moral question to someone else rather than to suffer for our convictions. May God grant us strength to carry our cross for Jesus’ sake.

Lord, help me to see things as they really are so that I may make a true and godly decision in the face of spiritual testing. May I carry your cross with firm resolve, rejoicing in your promise to be with me.  Amen. 

Gracious Father, it is so easy to pass the buck on difficult questions. May I have the courage of my convictions and follow your example of faithfulness, even if it leads to suffering and the cross.  Amen. 

 

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Easter 2 (April 7, 2013)

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PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Easter 2 (April 7, 2013)

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A   With joy and confidence, let us approach the throne of grace, imploring the mercy of our risen Savior upon the Church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence

 A   Lord Jesus, bestow the light of your Resurrection upon your Church. Breathe your Holy

Spirit upon it, and fill it with your peace. Give it grace and boldness to proclaim you as

the crucified and risen Savior of the world, so that all people may adore you as their

Lord and their God. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   Dwell in the midst of those who suffer persecution on account of you. Make them into golden lampstands, shining with the radiance of your glory and grace, and filled with the oil of faithful witness and steadfast endurance. We pray also for our sister congregations, {names}; our companion dioceses in {places}; and for your missionaries throughout the world. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   Pour your Holy Spirit into the hearts of everyone in this congregation. Give us a hunger for your Word; a thirst for receiving and for sharing your forgiveness; a vision of your love for all people; and a desire to serve you by serving others in your name. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   We ask your special blessing upon the leaders and participants in the Rocky Mountain Theological Conference that meets this week. Fill Drs. Braaten and Jenson with wise and winsome insights, and grant quick ears and receptive hearts to all who hear them. May this event be for your glory and for the building up of your Body. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   Give, we pray, to the leaders of the nations, and to all people entrusted to their care, that peace which the world cannot give. Send your Holy Spirit into the world, so that repentant faith and deeds of mercy may bring the light of your saving love to hearts darkened by the powers of sin, evil and death. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   We plead for your protection and favor for those who serve in the military, as first responders, and as protectors of life or liberty here and abroad, especially: {LIST}. Give them wisdom, courage, and strength to accomplish their tasks honorably and well. By their labors, bring the blessings of peace and order in war-torn places; and bring them home in safety. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   Heal the bodies, cheer the spirits, and illumine the hearts of all whose lives are shadowed by sorrow, suffering, doubt or despair. Especially we remember before you the needs of: {list/petitions}. Renew in them the gifts of faith and hope; raise them to fullness of life; and restore them to joyful fellowship with all who love them. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   Lord Jesus, you have been raised from death to die no more; and you promise your resurrection life to all whom you have redeemed. We therefore entrust into your strong arms the lives of all who have fallen asleep in you, especially: {LIST}. Wipe away the tears of all who grieve; turn our doubt into unshakeable confidence; and grant that all of us may at last see you face to face and cry out in adoration and joy, “My Lord and my God!” Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

P   Into your hands, merciful Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers submitted by Pr. Cathy Ammlung.

 These are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to adapt them to your situation and customs. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

 If you want to help with this project, please contact Pr. Steve Shipman at prsteveshipman@gmail.com. There is no compensation except appreciation and a retirement plan that is out of this world.

 Some suggestions: it may be helpful in certain congregations to give worshippers the opportunity to voice requests. It is also good to provide a time of silence for their specific concerns.

 It is good to include in the remembrance of the faithful departed any memorialized by altar flowers, etc.

 You may want to include a petition recognizing any milestones during the week (birth, baptismal, wedding anniversaries, etc.). This would include those honored by altar flowers or in a similar manner.

Sunday, March 31, 2013 Devotion

“They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.”   (John 18:30)

Guilt because of location. Never mind that He was hauled in from praying in the garden. This world has always had those who would be rid of truth speakers. Sometimes you and I remove ourselves from those who speak truth. The games humans play are shattered by what Christ has done. Therefore, we should look into ourselves and by the power of the Holy Spirit, no longer participate in the games that people play, nor play them ourselves.

Lord, I too have participated in pretending things to be rid of what irritates me. You speak truth and sometimes I do not want to hear the truth. Remind me that without truth I cannot be free. Help me learn to love the truth and that You are Truth and therefore, teach me to love You as You love me. Then teach me to love my neighbor as You love my neighbor.

Thank You Lord Jesus for Your silence in the face of persecution. Help me see that only in You can I be set free. Help me neither flee from the truth, nor participate with those who play games in the face of truth, but instead stand firmly in the truth. May I be a witness of You who is Truth this day, knowing that only in You can people be set free from bondage. Amen.

 

Friday, March 29, 2013, Devotion

Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.  (John 18:28)

The rules are often more important than why the rules were established in the first place. We often put the focus on what we can control, but we are not in control. Let us carry on with the business of the day without paying attention to what is going on. These are the acts of sinful humans who do not want to see things as the Lord has revealed them to be. The Lord is in our midst, and we act as though He were not.

Lord, awaken me to see that You are here. Grant that I would see things as You have shown them to be and then act accordingly. Grant that I would not settle into mere routine, but instead, that I would live into all of the promises You have given me by faith. The world tugs for my loyalty, but You have come to give me life. Help me to always chose life.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the example You are, walking through all the calamity of this world knowing that You have come to save us from the meaningless things and to give meaning to everything in our lives. In that knowledge, help me to live this day, knowing that all things are now, as they always have been, in your hands. Amen.

Thursday, March 28, 2013, Devotion

Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed. (John 18:28)

How often do we deny You, O Lord. In our fear and unwillingness to stand firm, we do this more than we imagine. Yet You go to the cross for just this reason, that those who will learn will follow You away from this place of fear and death to the place of eternal life. You know what we will do, even before we do it, and Your love is more than we can imagine.

Lord, help me see what You were willing to do in spite of all of the times I have denied You. Give me a heart filled with that love that I would, no matter what, do as the Father desires and stand firm in every situation. Help me know that what You are giving me is of more worth than anyone or anything in this world. Help me know that what You are giving can never be snatched away, although I can always throw it away.

Lord, help me stand fast today in the truth of what You have given me. Help me speak Your name boldly and not in any way deny You. In boldness, help me to hold fast to the truth You have given me, knowing that Your Word is truth. May I share boldly with others the only name that saves, Your glorious and holy name that is above all names. Amen.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Devotion

One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?”  (John 18:26)

Sometimes the Lord will let us come to a place where we are very uncomfortable. The pressure will mount. Will we buckle?  The Lord knows our breaking point and what He is doing is attacking the sin that is within us. He is taking us to that place where we will die to sin, in order to be resurrected into His perfection. People know what we have done. News has always traveled fast.

Lord, help learn to live a life that is honest and forthright. Grant that I would not settle into a cozy world where I am comfortable, but would instead live the life of following You no matter what may happen. Help me to not be afraid and try to protect myself, but instead, live freely, knowing that You are leading me into eternal life.

Thank You Jesus for revealing the weakness of the great men of faith who have gone before. Help me to not use this as an excuse for my own weakness, but to use it instead to see that by Your power all sin can and will be overcome. Grant today that I would be faithful in following You and not deny You before others that they may know that the faith You give is in me. Amen.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, Devotion

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.”  (John 18:25)

We like to say we have faith when it is beneficial, but we do not like to say we have faith in a hostile environment. I’m not talking about evangelizing, but simply being honest about what we believe. We are in an increasingly hostile environment where simply saying you believe can cause others to be vitriolic. Will you deny Jesus or hold fast to your faith?

Lord, I too could deny you if I felt threatened because of my faith. Help me, I pray, to hold fast to what is true and even with the threat of harm, to not deny you. I know You will forgive, but Lord, what You are giving me is more important and valuable than anything anyone could take away. Help me to have the strength in every situation to not deny you.

Thank You Lord Jesus for coming to make the forgiveness of our sins possible. Help me, I pray, this day to be known as a person of faith even if it makes others uncomfortable. Help me not be antagonistic, but to simple be the person of faith you have made me to be. In all I do this day, may the truth of Your humility in me be evident. Amen.

 

Monday, March 25, 2013, Devotion

So Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.  (John 18:24)

Ah, all for the sake of order. The underling takes the first step to wear down the opponent and then the head guy gets his shot. Wear them down, and get rid of the problem. This is how the devil has always worked. Where the truth is unable to be received, wear them down until they give in. Only, Jesus doesn’t give in. He speaks truth because He is truth.

Lord, help me see the pattern of this sinful world so that I may not be worn down to believe the lie when You have already spoken the truth. Help me to be able to hold fast to the simple truth that You alone are the One who has spoken truth. Help me to hold fast to the truth You speak that I may taste the purity of eternity and prepare for an eternal life with You.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for suffering the indignation and humiliation of your Passion yet humbly standing firm through it all. Help me to be like You, standing firm no matter what may come, knowing that only in the truth can I find freedom. Guide me today to be humble like You, but equally to be steadfast like You in every circumstance. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Easter Day (March 31, 2013)

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PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Easter Day (March 31, 2013)

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A   Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

a brief silence

A   Living and loving God, you have created all that is, and through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ you create all things new. With gladness we rejoice in your mighty works: the forgiveness of our sins; the victory over the evil one; the hope of resurrection from the dead. We come with praise and thanksgiving for all you have done and all that you will do. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   Fill this congregation and your whole Church with your Holy Spirit: the Spirit of our Lord and of his resurrection. Help all of us to be witnesses in word and deed to the hope we have within us, so that all people may celebrate your mercies. Uphold the witness of our bishop/president (name), our pastor/s (name/s) and all pastors, missionaries and teachers of the Word. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   We celebrate with all those (in this congregation and) around the world who on this holy feast have been baptized into the death and resurrection of our Lord. They belong to Christ. Empower them with every gift of the Spirit with whom they have been anointed. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   O God, bless us with abundant signs of your eternal victory over sin, death, and evil. Keep our nation and all nations in your constant care, and give your wisdom to all whom you have called to govern. Strengthen the members of our armed forces, especially those far from home on this joyous day. Fill marriages and families with your abundant love, and increase the gift of faith in our children. Give joy, hope, and peace to those who live alone, and knit all of us close together in your love. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   We pray for all those who experience any kind of loneliness, grief, illness, or need on this day, that the signs of your power may be multiplied in their lives. We pray for renewal for those in whom faith has grown cold, that you might restore them in the grace of Baptism. We pray for peace for those who near death, that their trust may be in what you have done for them through Jesus Christ. (Hear now our prayers for those whom we name before you:…)

…Lord in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

A   We give thanks for all those who have died believing in the promise of Easter, especially our departed loved ones with whom we shared the joys of Easters past. We bless you for their faith and their witness, and we look with joyous anticipation to the great day when we will be reunited with them, together praising you for your victory over death. Lord, in your mercy,

C   hear our prayer.

 

P   Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C   Amen

Prayers submitted by Pr. Maurice Frontz.

 These are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to adapt them to your situation and customs. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

 If you want to help with this project, please contact Pr. Steve Shipman at prsteveshipman@gmail.com. There is no compensation except appreciation and a retirement plan that is out of this world.

 Some suggestions: it may be helpful in certain congregations to give worshippers the opportunity to voice requests. It is also good to provide a time of silence for their specific concerns.

 It is good to include in the remembrance of the faithful departed any memorialized by altar flowers, etc.

 

You may want to include a petition recognizing any milestones during the week (birth, baptismal, wedding anniversaries, etc.). This would include those honored by altar flowers or in a similar manner.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Maundy Thursday (March 28, 2013)

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PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Maundy Thursday (March 28, 2013)

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A    Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

A brief silence

A    Most holy and gracious Father, adorn the Church with the holy and humble glory of your Son, her Savior and Bridegroom. Wash her from every sin; endow her with every good gift of your Holy Spirit; and unite her to the One who gladly suffered death for her sake. Make her words and actions shine with that love, drawing many hearts to Christ and his salvation. Lord, in your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

 

A    Teach our earthly rulers to have a servant’s heart. Incline their ears to your words of warning and wisdom. Make them willing to set aside the trappings of power and prestige, in order to feed and clothe, protect and heal those entrusted to their care. And help every person, of every race, creed, and circumstance, to serve their neighbors with gentleness and generosity. Lord, in your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

 

A    Conform the hearts and minds of the people in this congregation to Christ alone. Make us grateful to be his servants, eager to love one another as he has loved us. Grant that in all we say and do, we proclaim his love to everyone we meet. Lord, in your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

 

A    We pray, dear Father, for all who are scorned, tortured and killed for naming Jesus as Lord. Help us to stand with them and speak for them. Join their suffering to that of their Lord, and conquer the evil in their tormentor’s hearts by their faithful witness to the Savior of the whole world. Lord, in your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

 

A    The world is full of violence and danger. We pray, O Lord, that you would protect those who protect us from such calamities. Give them wisdom, courage, and integrity; bring all military forces home safely and soon; and establish that day when no one need take up sword and shield any more. Lord, in your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

 

A    Father, your dear Son took into himself the suffering of the whole world, in exchange for his innocent, lovely and eternal life. Grant, we beseech you, that his great work heal the lives of all who suffer in body, mind, heart or soul; and that they be equipped to praise you for the day of their redemption. Lord, in your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

 

A    We commend into your keeping our beloved dead, for we know that in Christ they shall all be made alive. Keep us steadfast in that sure and certain hope. Guide us by the Cross of Christ; refresh us with his Body and Blood; heal us by his wounds; forgive us by his passion; join us to his death and resurrection; and bring us into the incomparable joy of the Kingdom you have prepared for all whom you have redeemed by his blood. Lord, in your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P    Into your hands, merciful Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers submitted by Pr. Cathy Ammlung.

 These are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to adapt them to your situation and customs. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

 If you want to help with this project, please contact Pr. Steve Shipman at prsteveshipman@gmail.com. There is no compensation except appreciation and a retirement plan that is out of this world.

 Some suggestions: it may be helpful in certain congregations to give worshippers the opportunity to voice requests. It is also good to provide a time of silence for their specific concerns.

 It is good to include in the remembrance of the faithful departed any memorialized by altar flowers, etc.

 

You may want to include a petition recognizing any milestones during the week (birth, baptismal, wedding anniversaries, etc.). This would include those honored by altar flowers or in a similar manner.