(Prayer from here)
We give you thanks, O God of compassion,
for the salvation you have revealed to the little ones
through Christ Jesus, our wisdom and strength.
Teach us to take up his gentle yoke
and find rest from our burdens and cares. Amen.
You can read the passages for this week on this page
So what does this week bring....
PSalm 45: a wedding psalm it seems, or maybe you'd prefer to pair Genesis with the Song of Songs passage?
Zechariah: The passage Matthew uses in telling his Palm Sunday story; the coming of the king and the results thereof
Romans: Paul wrestles with his own nature. An opening to talk about human nature? Maybe to explore why we seem to do things when we "know better"?
Matthew: Jesus comments on people who are never satisfied, and their apparent intelligence. Then offers some apparently contradictory advice about burdens. How can the same man who exhorts his friends to take up their cross and follow him say that his yoke is easy and his burden is light?
And of course we can't forget that this weekend is Long. Friday is Canada Day, when we became a country through and Act of Parliament, Monday is Independence Day, when the US launched itself into becoming a country through less peaceful means. How, if at all, will these holidays shape your worship? Are you able to ignore them completely or do they have to be acknowledged in your context? OTOH, does the Long Weekend mean you will have a much emptier sanctuary?
Let us know in the comments how worship is shaping this early in the week.
Yoke from here
Rebbecca at the Well from here