We begin our prayers today in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
In Isaiah (50:4-10) the prophet says this about the coming savior who we know as Jesus Christ:
The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
It is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.
Jesus is firm in his mission even through things are not looking good – he trusts in his Father and our Father in heaven to get him through this because he stands on the side of God's Loving Truth.
We learn to love by loving. We learn to forgive by forgiving.
Let us pray what is known as the Grail Prayer:
We give you our hands to do your work.
We give you our feet to go your way.
We give you our eyes to see as you do.
We give you our tongues to speak your words.
We give you our minds that you may think in us.
We give you our spirit that you may pray in us.
We give you our hearts that you may love in us
our loving God and all people.
We give you our whole selves that you may grow in us,
so that it is you, Loving Jesus,
who lives and works and prays in us.
We close our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.