Personal Prayer and Reflection for Holy Week, April 6, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, as we start this Holy Week let us remember the focus and determination with which Jesus walked his final earthly journey to the Cross. On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem as the Saviour with loud Hosannas. On Monday he entered the temple and was disheartened by the buying and selling in the temple, people had not entered the holy place with a contrite heart. Let us walk this week with a contrite heart following in the steps of Jesus our Lord and Master.
Instrumental song Draw me Close to You by Malin
Read Psalm 94 Even though the troubles of the world overwhelm us and cause us to doubt, God knows sees and hears our distress of his world. A reminder that the lord is my fortress my rock in whom I take refuge.
Old Testament Reading Hosea 13: 1-4 This Scripture reminds us to overcome sin and build a right relationship with God. To put God at the forefront of our faith and lives. Put God first and foremost in your life and worship only the Lord God almighty.
Gospel reading John 14:1-14 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
How appropriate to have this scripture at this time of Covid crisis . As we sit in our houses to try and control the spread of the corona virus, Jesus reminds us to not be troubled, “I go before you to prepare a place.” As we walk closer to Good Friday, we are reminded that Jesus has a place prepared for us. So how do we know where to go? Thomas asks and Jesus replies with I am the way, the truth, and the life. On our journey to Easter a very different Easter, know that Jesus is the way. Don’t let your hearts be troubled, love the Lord your God with your heart, mind and soul and he will guide us as he is our Lord and Saviour.
In this storm of Coronavirus, I have been thinking of the story of Jesus in the boat in the storm. The disciples were afraid, yet even in the centre of that storm Jesus was the calm in it all. As this storm goes on longer, do not be afraid remember to find peace in Christ.
God will Take Care of You by the Fountainview Academy
a Seventh Day Adventist High School in Lillooet, BC.
Let us pray
Dear Father, we come to you with a humble heart seeking to be your people in this world, grant us Your peace so we may walk the road to the Cross and Resurrection with all your people.
We ask your protection upon all health care providers, grant them your protection and peace.
We thank you for all those in essential services, truck drivers, grocery store workers, police and fire personnel, may we always show our gratitude for all they do. Take their fear and surround them with protection as they work to help all.
For all shut in and feeling alone, comfort and bring them hope.
Help us to reach out to our neighbours to show your love and grace for the world.
For your church, Lord, grant that you may bless us as we remember your life offered up for all. May this Holy Week be a reminder of the sacred space you prepare in the hearts of your people.
Heal those who are sick, may you bring relief in body, mind and spirit.
Grant your peace to those who have died. Grant all who mourn consolation through family and friends, and most of all Jesus the author of our salvation.
May we enter your holy city to the gathering of all your creatures, offering our praise to Jesus our Sacrificial Lamb.
Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.
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Sunday Prayer Ministry
Immediately following the 10:00 am Sunday Service, 2 people are always available in the chapel for anyone who would like personal prayer ministry. This ministry is strictly confidential and is available to all.