Let us pray:
as you delivered the Hebrews safely
out of the long labor of slavery,
so, morning by morning,
you draw us forth into the new day.
Surround us with a cloud of witnesses,
and sustain us by your powerful
word, that, in the night of loneliness
and fear, we, being weary, may not
lose heart but push toward the joy
that is to come, laboring with Christ
to give birth to your promised
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High (written by Rick Founds)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj3djfLTWd8 (Petra, Christian rock band)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0nn8QT2-VQ (Hillsong United, I think)
Isaiah 50:4-9a New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
4 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. 5 The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6 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.
7 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; 8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 9 It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?
Psalm 70 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
To the leader. Of David, for the memorial offering.
1 Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O Lord, make haste to help me! 2 Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life. Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me. 3 Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!” turn back because of their shame.
4 Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” 5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!
Hebrews 12:1-3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
12 Therefore, 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, 2 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.
3 Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
John 13:21-32 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
21 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23 One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; 24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.
Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Elizabeth Clephane and Frederick Maker)
Let us pray:
who calls your people to sustain the weary
and protect the oppressed,
uphold us in our concern
and strengthen us,
that we may not only speak our prayers
but act on behalf of their fulfillment.
Please lift up those who are on your heart
Most Holy One,
grant that we may be counted
as members of the great cloud of witnesses
who live with justice and compassion,
and reveal your divine glory before all people. Amen.
Onward Christian Soldiers (Sabine Baring-Gould and Arthur Sullivan)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCgYCCIjV1U (Mahalia Jackson)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa_qE3hpVas (church choir)
in every generation
you call your people to contend
against the brutality of sin and betrayal.
Keep us steadfast even in our fear and uncertainty,
that we may follow where Jesus has led the way. Amen.
Prayers found on The Revised Common Lectionary, a service of Vanderbilt Divinity Library,
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Scriptures from biblegateway.com