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THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH,  Thursday, March 28, 2024: Maundy Thursday, B

 

For foot-washing: John 13:1-7, 31b-35

Exodus 24:3-11 (Moses reads covenant; the people promise to obey it; 70 elders eat in God’s presence)

ELW: Exodus 12:1-14 (First Passover instituted)

Psalm 116:12-19 (What shall I render to the Lord? Precious in his sight is the death of his servants)

1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (This bread is the body of Christ; we are all one body)

ELW: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (Institution of the Lord’s Supper)

Mark 14:12-26 (The Last Supper)

 

Opening hymn: Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee: LBW #199, LSB #640

Thee We Adore, O Savior, God Most True: ELW #476 

Foot-Washing Hymn: Where Charity and Love Prevail: LBW #126, ELW #359, LSB #845

OR Love Consecrates the Humblest Acts: LBW #122, ELW #360

OR Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love: WOV #765, ELW #708

Hymn of the Day: Lord, Who the Night You Were Betrayed Did Pray: LBW #306, ELW #463 (Can do this as a spoken “hymn prayer,” alternating me/congregation or men/women speaking each verse in turn.)

OR By Your Hand You Feed Your People: ELW #469

OR When You Woke That Thursday Morning: LSB #445 (Really a nice hymn. Consider getting a 1-time permission from CPH for this.)

Communion Hymn #1: For the Bread Which You Have Broken:  LBW #200, ELW #494

Communion Hymn #2: O Bread of Life from Heaven: LBW #222, ELW #480

Closing Hymn: If it’s not Psalm 22, try It Happened on That Fateful Night: LBW #122 (if tune is unfamiliar, use the melody for “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”)

OR Go to Dark Gethsemane LBW #109, ELW #437, LSB #436

 

Let us pray for the Church, the world, and one another.

A brief silence

 

Dear Father, grant us faith to cling to the forgiveness won for us by your Son. Grant us hope, to cling to him in temptation and darkness. Give us love, to cling to him forever; for he is our Savior and Lord.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the Church. Fill it with your Spirit, so it more perfectly loves you and the people your Son came to redeem.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for our persecuted sisters and brothers throughout the world. Fill them with your Spirit, so they more perfectly bear witness to the holiness and love of Jesus.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for seminarians, theologians, pastors, and missionaries of the Gospel. Fill them with your Spirit, so they more perfectly proclaim Christ, and him crucified.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our congregation, its people, and its ministries. Fill us with your Spirit, so we more perfectly reflect the servant-love of Jesus to one another, and to our neighbors.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who will be baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ during these holy days. Fill them with your Spirit, so they more perfectly follow in his footsteps.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for our elected and appointed leaders, here and in all nations. Fill them with your Spirit, so they more perfectly accomplish your will for the people entrusted to their care.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who risk their lives for the sake of others. Fill them with your Spirit, so that in places of danger, distrust, and disease, they more perfectly accomplish your will.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for everyone suffers in body, heart, or mind, including: {List}. Fill them with your Spirit, so that they more perfectly cling to Christ, who is their life and salvation.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Heavenly Father, we share a foretaste of the feast you have set before all whom you have redeemed by the passion, death, and resurrection of your beloved Son. Fill us with your Spirit, so we more perfectly take up our Cross, follow Jesus wherever he leads, and encourage one another along life’s way. Bring us, through the merits of Christ, into your Kingdom, where with him and the Holy Spirit, you reign in the glory of heaven’s endless day.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For these things, and for whatever else is needful, dear Father, we pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

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