Week 18: Wednesday of Holy Week

Throughout our Lord’s ministry, Jesus had testified that he would be betrayed by one of his very own disciples. At the Table of the Passover, through a sign of a dipped morsel, Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, was identified to be the one who would betray him. That dark and dreadful night, our Lord would be betrayed by one of his very own, and would be victim to the disloyalty of one of his inner circle of followers – the cruelest betrayal of all.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Remember our weakness, O Lord acquainted with sorrows and grief, and grant us grace to neither shrink back, cower, nor betray you, but rather, to always by your grace and strength stand our ground with you and for you, in defense of your Gospel and truth. For Christ’s sake, amen.

Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, amen.

Te Deum Laudamus 
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)

Gloria Patri
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, amen.

Chronological Reading for the Day
Wednesday: 1 Chron. 23-25

Chronological Holy Week Readings
Wednesday of Holy Week: Matt. 26.1-16; Mark 14.1-2, 10-11; Luke 22.1-6

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 70
OT: Isa. 50.4-9a
Gospel: John 13.21-32
NT: Heb. 12.1-3

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Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling

The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).

Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.

Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.

Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

~ Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)

Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Lord Jesus, whose faithful and true witness never wavered at any point in your amazing Passion, cause your mind and will to be replicated in your saints, in order that we, by your grace, may prove loyal to the Gospel, to your Kingdom, and to your people, no matter what the cost. In your name we ask, amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Grant us grace to persevere in our discipleship with you, faithful till the end.

Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
In his gentleness our Lord humbled his wise hands by washing the feet of his betrayer, who expressed his gratitude for the cleansing with the nails of the cross.

~ Ephrem the Syrian. Commentary on Tatian’s Diatessaron. 18.22.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
The One Pierced for Our Transgressions, Isaiah 52.13-53.12

Book Reading
Davis, Sacred Roots

Special Church Year Services
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 2021
Holy Saturday: Saturday, April 3, 2021

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