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Almighty God, you are the way, the truth and the life.  You know how few people walk with you in these times.  There are few who emulate you, their head, in humility and silence, in poverty and purity, in diligence and patience.  The path of Satan is open, and many are walking along it.  Minister to your small flock, so that they do not become discouraged, but follow you along the narrow path until the end.

Prayer

Almighty God, you are the way, the truth and the life.

You know how few people walk with you in these times.

There are few who emulate you, their head, in humility and silence, in poverty and purity, in diligence and patience.

The path of Satan is open, and many are walking along it.

Minister to your small flock, so that they do not become discouraged, but follow you along the narrow path until the end.

Amen

(Pilgrim Prayer, 63)

 

          Kiedy ranne wstają zorze (In the distance day is breaking)

 

Responsive Psalm 36: 5 – 11

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep;
    you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
    and your salvation to the upright of heart!

Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me,
    or the hand of the wicked drive me away.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

Scripture Reading: Mark 11: 1 – 11

31  Then When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

“Hosanna!
    Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10     Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

11 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

Reflection: Rev. Dr Ireneusz Lucas, LWF Regional Secretary for Europe

 

          Aby nás Pán Bůh miloval

 

Prayers of Intercession

We pray for the churches and people of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia that like the Church in Corinth which received the apostle Paul’s letter of encouragement, our sisters and brothers too will be encouraged through our prayers. May we too have the same hope as the Corinthian church as we pray for the church of God and for all people according to their needs.

Build us together in Christ, Make us your dwelling place.

Eternal God, we thank you for calling us by name. In you we live and move and grow. We pray today too for churches and Christians throughout the world. Remind us of our common foundation in Christ. May we grow together in faith and in love, until we attain that unity which is your will.

Build us together in Christ, Make us your dwelling place.

Send down your Spirit so that we may know Jesus and bear witness to our life and unity in him. May we know the mind of Christ in order to speak God’s wisdom everywhere. Strengthen us to work towards peace and reconciliation in church and society.

Build us together in Christ, Make us your dwelling place.

We pray for the churches in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland and for all churches which are experiencing change – growth or struggle, reconciliation or conflict. Inspire and strengthen them in works of witness and service.

Build us together in Christ, Make us your dwelling place.

We pray for those who have no home, no land, no food, no work, no medicine, no peace. May we recognize and serve Christ in the suffering and the needy.

Build us together in Christ, Make us your dwelling place.

We thank you for all your gifts of creation. Teach us to share with others our time, our energy, our resources and our love. Make us sensitive and responsive to the wounds in the human family and creation.

Build us together in Christ, Make us your dwelling place.

May we be faithful to our calling and live a long life on earth. May we give our whole life to Christ, knowing that we belong to him and in him are united all things on earth and in heaven. Build us together in Christ, Make us your dwelling place.

(Pilgrim Prayer, adapted, 65)

 

With the words that Jesus taught us, let us now pray together, each in the language of our heart:

Our Father…

 

Benediction

To God who is seated on the throne
and to the Lamb and the Blessed Holy Spirit,

be the blessing, honour, the glory, and the dominion,
for ever and ever.

Amen.