Day 35. 15 April. The Last Week- Before the Council

Luke 22.66-71

Prayer of Compassion

“Learn to do good. Seek justice.
Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan.
Fight for the rights of widows.” Isaiah 1:17

We pray

for the falsely accused

for the wrongly imprisoned

for the tortured or abused

for the orphan and widow

for the refugee and dispossessed

and above all

for our emotional detachment.

May we weep as you weep
love as you love
and not be afraid to be angry
for the sake of your children
wherever they might be.

~ Copyright © John Birch, posted on Faith and Worship: Prayers and Resources.


Day 36. 16 April. Last Week- Pilate and Herod Friends Again

Day 37. 17 April. The Last Week-
Sentenced to Crucifixion

Luke 23.13-25

Luke 23.1-12



Day38. 18 April. The Last Week- Crucifixion and Death



Day 39. 19 April. The Last Week- Burial of Jesus

Luke 23.50-56



and so it is done
love is crushed
and the world has got away with it
the light seems paler
the air thinner
the birds quieter
the shadows longer
the wine more bitter
the bread dry
and the path doesn't seem to go anywhere now

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws.

Affirmation of Faith: I Believe in Jesus

Here is a two-voice “re-reading of the traditional words about Jesus in the creed with some possible alternatives.” It was posted on the New Kilpatrick Parish Church website.

I Believe in Jesus

I believe

I awaken to

Jesus Christ

the one who walked our earth
and whose God-light shone through

God’s only son

the one whose life came from the very life of God
our Lord our guide, our teacher, our friend

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit

whose life was an intent of God’s creative imagination

born of the Virgin Mary

who sang love’s song at his beginning and was blessed

suffered under Pontius Pilate

rejected by the powers of the world

was crucified

executed by those same powers


sharing the same death of us all

and was buried

love had been killed

he descended to the dead

and they thought this the end

but on the third day

nothing could contain, bind or hold the life Jesus began

he rose again

and the story continues to be believed
of renewal, transformation and life again.

I believe in

I awaken to



~ copyright © 2016 New Kilpatrick Parish Church. Posted on the New Kilpatrick Parish Church website.

Prayer for Palm/Passion Sunday

On this Sunday, O God,
we remember how quickly we change.
How fickle we are,
how we pledge our devotion one moment
and turn our backs the next.
We go from shouting “Hosanna! Save Us!”
to “Crucify Him.”

We declare that we love our neighbors
and then we turn our backs
on the homeless and hungry in our communities.

We speak up for change and justice
in one breath,
and then continue unjust practices
in daily lives
by what we consume
and the needs we ignore.

Forgive us, O God,
for we are half-hearted believers.

Forgive us, O God,
for we are partial justice warriors.

Forgive us, O God,
for we tire easily and we forget,
and we grow weary.

Forgive us, restore us,
and renew us for the journey of faith,
so that we might become whole people
who live wholly into Your vision of new life.

In the name of Christ,
who lived into the fullness of humanity,
and whom we follow. Amen.

~ written by Rev. Mindi and posted on Rev-o-lution.

God, who are you?

What was it about Jesus
that was so confusing for governments
and for ordinary people?

Pilate couldn’t make sense of Jesus
and half the time we can’t either.

We want a God who comes in might and power to take all before him
and yet we get Jesus:
unmistakably human and vulnerable,
political subversive
always on the side of love, not power
human, even to the point of death.

We keep asking the question,

‘God, who are you?’

in the hope we’ll get a different answer.
And God just keeps coming back with this one.

~ written by Cheryl Lawrie and posted on [hold this space].

Holy Week

Almighty and everlasting God,

of your tender love towards us

you sent your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,

to take upon him our flesh,

and to suffer death upon the cross,

that all should follow the example of his great humility:

mercifully grant

that we may both follow the example of his patience,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen..

Prayer of the week, PalmSunday, APBA 1990

Crucifixion by Vincente Manansala

Jesus before Pilate, by Jan Richardson


Christ before Herod, Andrea Schivaone (c.1558-62)

Jesus condemned by the Sanhedrin by Michael D. O’Brien



8-13 April

Lent 5

Day 40. 20 April. Holy Saturday

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Let the grief of Jesus’ death and burial still the day.

XIV Jesus is laid in the tomb

Here at the centre everything is still

Before the stir and movement of our grief

Which bears it’s pain with rhythm, ritual,

Beautiful useless gestures of relief.

So they anoint the skin that cannot feel

Soothing his ruined flesh with tender care,

Kissing the wounds they know they cannot heal,

With incense scenting only empty air.

He blesses every love that weeps and grieves

And makes our grief the pangs of a new birth.

The love that’s poured in silence at old graves

Renewing flowers, tending the bare earth,

Is never lost. In him all love is found

And sown with him, a seed in the rich ground.

Malcolm Guite