EASTER SUNDAY READING: John 20:1 and 11 - 18
Lord Jesus, our long dark walk through Lent is over. This new day is bathed in your resurrection light! Thanks be to God, AMEN.
WE REPLACE OUR ROAD OF TEARS WITH A CROSS OF FLOWERS
LORD JESUS, we take a moment to pray that the joy of Jesus' resurrection life will be made known to all and for breakthrough in situations and systems which seem beyond hope. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the world, Your world, we pray for mercy for those who are sick, comfort for those who are bereaved, strength & safety for all health workers , wisdom for politicians and a determination to work together to minimise the spread of the virus.
Risen Lord Jesus, may we live in the knowledge and reality of Easter
as we spend our lives loving You - for Yours is the victory,
yours the sovereignty, the power and the glory for ever and ever,
and there is nothing and no-one, that you cannot reach and redeem. AMEN.
GOOD FRIDAY READING: Mark 15: 22 - 27
Lord Jesus, in our imagination we kneel at the foot of Your cross. No words can express our feelings, and so we keep silence, in remembrance.
on our road of tears, we add a tear drop and NAILS
Lord Jesus,again we look in wonder at Your cross and the life You gave for us. We cannot grasp that we should be loved so much. Cause us to be a people who remember that this is how much we are loved, and that this same love poured out for every person.
Empower us to love, prize and treasure others for whom You laid down Your life.
PALM SUNDAY READING: Matthew 21: 6- 11
Let us pray : Lord Jesus, the crowds shouted their hosannas: we too, praise You because you are our King. help us to persuade others to believe that You are King.
on our road of tears, we add a tear drop and a Palm Cross
Lord Jesus, we take a moment to pray that we may have courage and compassion to bear witness to who Jesus is to our friends, family and society, through acts of service, and through sharing our faith more widely. We pray for Your Church to be bold and loving in its stand for Christ in the UK and around the world. May we stand together and have an increased passion for mission beyond our walls and our nation.
Lord Jesus, break the silence of your people and cause them to take to the streets again, proclaiming and demonstrating the joyful GOOD NEWS that You are KING, and that You have made a way for us to know You, and to know one another. Amen.
LENT 5 READING: Matthew 27 : 27 - 31
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we hate being humiliated, yet it is nothing compared with Your humiliation on that first Good Friday. Enable all your people to withstand humiliation, especially if it is for your sake.
on our road of tears, we add a tear drop and a Crown of Thorns
Lord Jesus, we take a moment to think about those who are making a courageous stand for you and are undergoing humiliation before others as a result. We pray for those seeking to stand for Jesus at school, at university or in the workplace and for those whose careers or spheres of influence involve difficult issues against which they may be called to speak out.
Lord Jesus, empower all your people to prize the glory of Your name above our own reputations, status and success, and be close to us, always, as You promised, in both the humiliation and the joy which follow. Amen
LENT 4 READING: MARK 15: 9 - 15
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you were flogged; many innocent people today suffer injustice. We pray especially for those being persecuted, even killed, for their faith; be with them, grant them Your strength, and peace at on our road of tears, we add a tear drop and a WHIP. Lord Jesus, we take a moment to think about the persecuted church, particularly in Nigeria, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Iraq and China. Strengthen them and let Your presence be known to them. We pray for organisations and individuals, seeking to bring peace and understanding between different faiths.
Lord Jesus, enlarge our view of Your body so that we, as You, suffer each time another member suffers, and cause us to be watchful and active on behalf of our brothers and sisters who are denied a voice. Amen.