HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
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Holy Week Monday, April 6, 2020
Holy Week Worship Notice
All the following worship events will be available at And at the Online Worship tab of the church webpage:
Daily Prayer services will be presented 10:30am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
and then available to stream throughout the day.
Live Backstage Worship Webinar will be presented at 10:30am for worship on
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday for Lament and Healing
and then available to stream throughout the day.
Live Backstage Worship Webinar will be presented at 4:00pm Saturday afternoon
And then available to stream on Easter Sunday at 8:30am, 10:30am and throughout the day.
While we can’t have an Easter Egg Hunt, we will hide an Easter Egg Surprise in the service!
Daily Prayer for Holy Monday
In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Let us pray. O God, your Son chose the path that led to pain before joy and to the cross before glory. Plant his cross in our hearts, so that in its power and love we may come at last to joy and glory, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Isaiah 42:1-9 (Suffering Servant)
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.
Hebrews 9:11-15 (The Way of the Cross)
When Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God! For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.
Holy Week according to Matthew 21:33-46
Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes’?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.
Loving God, you love us without reserve. For the witness of your love in Jesus we thank you. Through the cross and beyond we know you are with us and hold us dear. May our lives reflect the persistence of your love, especially in these days when the pandemic has all of us feeling so scared and vulnerable. You will see us through this. May our faith strengthen others around us.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those against us. Save us from the tine of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen
Almighty God, bless you and bring you unto eternal life. Amen.