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Good Friday

First Reading Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 The Messiah will come, but his fate will not be like that of kings but, rather, of the suffering of the humanity he joins; his final vindication is in the people drawn to God by his life and death. Second Reading Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 We can take courage from the promises of our great high priest because he has lived our experience and knows our humanity from within. Gospel John 18:1 – 19:42 Jesus, the personification of truth and love while being fully human, submits to the greatest test and shows us the depth of God’s love for all humanity in his sacrifice. HOMILY “When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he

Maundy Thursday

Call to Worship We have heard the saying, ‘actions speak louder than words’, and today we see this in reality as Jesus puts in place two ways to demonstrate his ongoing love for us: our call to service ad the Eucharist in which he feeds us with his very body and blood and is present with us. Let us come before him in worship and payer today open to hearing that call to love one another. Today's Readings First Reading Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14 God commands Israel to celebrate the Passover supper, in remembrance of his saving power and to identify them as his people. Second Reading 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Paul records how Jesus commanded his followers to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, in

Palm Sunday

Introduction Today our worship marks the beginning of our Holy Week observance as we recall the events leading to Good Friday and Easter Day, our senses alive! Our Palm Procession starts with shouts of “Hosanna” that quickly switch to recalling the Passion of our Lord as our shouts turn to “Crucify him!” In this Eucharist we enter into the dying and rising of Jesus who meets us in bread and wine. Today’s Readings Liturgy of the Palms Luke 19:28-40 Jesus enters Jerusalem to popular acclaim. His arrival is greeted as that of the long-awaited Messiah, the fulfilment of popular hopes for the political and religious freedom of the Jewish nation. First Reading Isaiah 50:4-9a The Suffering Servant

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Introduction and Call to Worship When Jesus went to dinner with a family at Bethany, Mary worshipped at his feet. We too are called to fall before the Lord as we worship him and seek spiritual renewal in his presence and holiness. Today’s Readings First Reading Isaiah 43:16-21 Isaiah refers to the first saving act of God when God brought the Israelites out of Egypt into the Promised Land and reveals that God has now promised to do something new and amazing for his people. Second Reading Philippians 3:4b-14 Paul states his Jewish credentials but counts them as so much dross against his goal of striving to know Christ and the power of his resurrection. Gospel John 12:1-8 Mary of Beth
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