Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. (Matthew 27:57)
Jesus, it doesn’t matter to you if we are rich or poor, female or male, Jew or Gentile, we can still be your disciples and minister to you.
This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. (Matthew 27:58 )
Holy Spirit, thank you for Joseph’s willingness to publicly minister to Jesus, even in the hour of his death, by going to Pilate for the Jesus’ body. Please give us the same boldness that Joseph had to go before kings and governors (Luke 21:12) and minister to Jesus as we do that.
When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. (Matthew 27:59-60)
Father, please help us minister to Jesus as Joseph did. Help us to praise and worship Jesus and minister to him in love by giving of ourselves and our possessions as Joseph did.
And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. (Matthew 27:61)
Jesus, thank you for all the women who ministered to you (Matthew 27:55) and who minister to you today. Bless the Sisters of St. Mary and the Daughters of the King as they minister to you in prayer and thanksgiving and in deeds of service. Please raise up many vocations to their life of committed prayer. Thank you.
On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard. (Matthew 27:62-66)
Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of those who live out lies and deception. Bring them to repentance and a saving knowledge of Jesus. Shut the mouths of those who gossip and spread falsehood as you shut the lions’ mouths for Daniel. “You shall hide them in the secret place of your presence from the plots of man; you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” (Psalm 31:20)
Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your Word, Jesus; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)
I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen. From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley.
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.
Praying the Nicene Creed, a word received 12/29/07: Each day I want you to take a phrase from the Nicene Creed and pray that phrase. My people need to hear what is true and make it their own.
I believe in one God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank you for being one and thank you for your love for one another. Please help me, help your people live in the reality of your unity and love. Thank you.
the Father Almighty,
Father, thank you for being a father to me. Thank you that by your might you have made your son Jesus known to us so that we can become your children.
maker of heaven and earth,
Thank you, Father, for your creation. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to be better stewards of your creation.
and of all things visible and invisible;
Father, we know that we are surrounded by your angelic hosts and that whole company of heaven, that cloud of witnesses that has gone before us. Help us to be steady in you till we reach that place of rest. Thank you.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
Father, guide us by your Holy Spirit so that every other “lord” in our lives is brought under the sovereign rule of Jesus and he becomes our one Lord. Thank you.
the only begotten Son of God,
Father, thank you for sending your one and only son to us so that we might become your children.
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
Jesus, you have always been there; help us receive you into every part of our lives.
God of God, Light of Light,
Jesus, you are God and you are the light to take us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. You are the word of God and are a lamp to our feet.
very God of very God,
Jesus, you and the Father are one; please help us come to know you and him better.
begotten, not made,
Father, thank you for choosing Mary to bring Jesus to us. Help us to respond as she did.
being of one substance with the Father;
Jesus, you came to us bearing the image of the Father so that we might know his love for us. You are one with him and there is no division between you. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to know the unity and character that you share with the Father.
by whom all things were made;
Jesus, everything we have was made by you, there is nothing that we can have that we can call our own except for your cross and resurrection. It is all a free gift of yours; thank you.
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
Jesus, thank you for being willing to give up the glory of heaven to come and live with us. Thank you that day by day your Holy Spirit is willing to live in us in the midst of all our sin.
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
Holy Spirit, thank you for Mary’s willingness to receive your over-shadowing and her willingness to risk all to bear Jesus for us.
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
Thank you, Jesus, for what you endured on the cross for us.
he suffered and was buried;
Jesus, thank you for dying for us while we were still sinners. You went to the cross and the grave for us because of your love for your father and for us. Thank you.
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
Holy Spirit, thank you that you enabled Jesus to rise from the dead. Thank you for his victory over sin and death. Please bring us to new life in him.
and ascended into heaven,
Jesus, thank you for your ascension into heaven to sit at the right hand of your father. Thank you that you ever live to make intercession for us.
Holy Saturday: 95 & 88 * 27; Job 19:21-27a; Hebrews 4:1-16; Romans 8:1-11
HC: 130 or 31:1-5; Job 14:1-14; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
Easter Day: 148, 149, 150 * 113, 114, or 118; Exod. 12:1-14; –; John 1:1-18; Isaiah 51:9-11; Luke 24:13-35, or John 20:19-23
HC: 118:14-29 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 10:34-43 or Exodus 14:10-14,21-25, 15:20-21; Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-10(11-18 ) or Matthew 28:1-10
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Barbarba Shlemon-Ryan has gone home to be with the Lord.
I have just received this from the Christian Healing Ministry in Fl. Barbara was such a leader in the healing ministry today…..May she rest in peace.
With great sadness at our loss and joy at her gain, Francis & Judith have asked me to let you know that our dearly loved fried Barbara Shlemon-Ryan has gone home to be with the Lord.
We do not have any details except that she died of pneumonia yesterday.
Please keep Barbara and all her friends and loved ones in your prayers.
Dale S. Recinella
VP Finance & Planning CHM
Treasurer CHM Foundation