He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him. (Isaiah 53:3)
Holy Spirit, bring all of us in the Episcopal Church to repentance — to the place where we will truly honor and esteem Jesus.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4)
Jesus, thank you for bearing our griefs and sorrows. Thank you for standing with us in our hour of need.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Father, it was your love for us that sent Jesus to suffer and die for us. Thank you.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
Jesus, you are the shepherd of our souls, bring all who have wandered off back into your flock. Thank you.
A word received: I AM your help — keep looking to me.
Good Friday: 95* & 22; *; 40:1-14(15-19),54; Wisdom 1:16-2:1;12-22; 1 Peter 1:10-20; John 13:36-38**; or Gen. 22:1-14; John 19:38-42***
Good Friday: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11 or 40:1-14 or 69:1-23; Isaiah 52:13-53:12 or Genesis 22:1-18 or Wisdom 2:1,12-24; Hebrews 10:1-25; John (18:1-40) 19:1-37
Holy Saturday; 95** & 88; *; 27: Job 19:21-27a; Heb. 4:1-16**; Rom. 8:1-11***
Holy Saturday: 130 31:1-5; Job 14:1-1; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
* For the Invitatory; ** Intended for use in the morning; ***; Intended for use in the evening
Notes from the Front Line
***** Lisa Longe: Please keep all people involved in making school budget decisions in prayer.
***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013
Subject: GOOD FRIDAY
Every morning I look at my face in the mirror to shave.
Every morning I see the tracheotomy scar on my throat.
Every morning I think, “Wow, I am alive.”
Every morning I thank God for answered prayer.
This morning, Good Friday, I look at HIS scars…
And thank Jesus that He died for me…FOR ME.
~Fr. Nigel Mumford+
***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 28, 2013, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water
a Peter — We rejoiced with him for the soon expected child to be born to him and Connie and we prayed for his brother George to be guided into the life and ministry the Holy Spirit has for him.
Dan — We prayed with Dan for his three daughters and their situations.
Ron (regular) — He gave thanks that he is now having weekly visits with his daughter Isabella.
+Anthony — We prayed for him as he ministers at the Schenectady City Mission.
+a Mark (June’s son) — We prayed for the family reunion he is organizing (first in 20 years). It will be on the 5th anniversary of his wedding where he and his wife will renew their wedding vows..