HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
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Holy Week Tuesday, April 7
Pastor Steve’s devotion is offered live at
And throughout the day at https://youtu.be/–ljpKx-alw
Holy Week Worship Notice
All the following worship events will be available at And at the Online Worship tab of the church webpage:
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Daily Prayer services will be presented 10:30am
and then available to stream throughout the day.
On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, a live Backstage Worship Webinar
will be presented at 10:30am and then available to stream at 7:00pm and throughout the day.
On Saturday, a Service of Lament and Healing will be offered at 10:30am via a Zoom Meeting
and will not be recorded to guard the personal sharing offered in the service.
For Easter, a 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 Tuesday
In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you. Grant that our love may not grow cold in your service, and that we may not fail or deny you in the time of trial, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Isaiah 49:1-7 (Suffering Servant)
Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.” And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my strength—he says, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, “Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (The Way of the Cross)
The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Holy Week according to Matthew 23:1-12
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, the scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father — the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
Loving God, in the person of your Son, Jesus of Nazareth, you demonstrate the power of love that is only found in humble service to you and the neighbor around us. Stir up that power of love within us that we find the courage to put the needs of others before our own. And sustain our confidence that your love will see us through this pandemic emergency so that our faith strengthen others around too. Amen
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.