HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
A Daily Dose of Good News
Holy Week Wednesday, April 8, 2020
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Holy Week Worship Notice
All the following worship events will be available at And at the Online Worship tab of the church webpage:
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.
Please email Vicar Sara (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the names of any
medical or educational professionals we can be remembering together in prayer.
On Saturday, a Service of Lament and Healing will be offered at 10:30am via a Zoom Meeting
and will not be recorded for streaming to safeguard 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 Wednesday
In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Almighty God, your Son our Savior suffered at human hands and endured the shame of the cross. Grant that we may walk in the way of his cross and find it the way of life and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Isaiah 49:1-7 (Suffering Servant)
The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word
Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.
I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.
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?
Hebrews 12:1-3 (Way of the Cross)
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
Holy Week according to Matthew 26:1-16
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two
days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, who
was called Caiaphas, and they conspired to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not
during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”
Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an
alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when
the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, “Why this waste? For this ointment could have been
sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why
do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor
with you, but you will not always have me. By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared
me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she
has done will be told in remembrance of her.”
Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What
will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that
moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
Loving God, although the world rejected your Son Jesus, and those closest betrayed and denied him,
he loved them still. All of them, including us. Please forgive the ways we reject, betray and deny the
way of selfless he has shown to us, that we with clean hearts and right spirits might turn to follow him
again, even in the face of our own suffering. Sustain our confidence that you will see us through this
pandemic emergency so that our faith may 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.